I'm a counselor and psychotherapist with twenty years of experience of working with adults and young people. I offer a secure, warm, nurturing and confidential space, face to face or online. My approach is non-judgmental and empowering. I believe in offering you a space to help you through your difficulties at your own pace.
I'm a accredited and registered counselor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have a Ba Hons in Person centered counselling and a childhood and youth studies qualification to work with children and young people. I am currently studying towards a master qualification. I also have a up to date dbs which can be shown on request.
Counselling and professional experience
I have worked in the public sector for the last twenty years working in a person centred way. My work has given me a lot of experience, working with people of all ages. I have specialized in working with children and young people, men and women who have experienced childhood trauma and violence, men who have addictions to drugs, gambling, alcohol and sex addiction. Men and women who have relationship difficulties and also men and women who are suffering with depression as well as anxiety.
I have worked in schools and set up counselling services for children and young people with the services being rated as effective by Ofsted inspectors. I have created emotional and social development programs for children and young people's mental health, as well as delivering 1-1 counselling during school hours.
I am a trainer, hired to deliver training in schools and organisations around working effectively with children and young people. I train adults on introductory and certificate level counselling courses and my new appointment as a tutor is to deliver training as part of the tutoring team on a BACP accredited post graduate diploma in counselling.
Why do people need counselling?
I think all people have incredible capacity to overcome things in their life. Yet sometimes too many things have happened and its overwhelming. Then often their life becomes difficult to deal with and people struggle to self regulate. Which means to process the difficulties through what is termed as self-empathy. This brings closure, self awareness and self-acceptance.
When people can't self regulate life becomes an up hill struggle. Then psychological stress creates tension, anxiety and depression. This can lead to addictions, phobias, relationship break downs, loss of motivation and often loss of career. Counselling supports a person through a process of empathy which enables them to empathize with themselves.
A number of things can trigger this to happen and often major life events cause these difficulties to begin. like bereavement, breakdown of marriage, accidents or traumatic violent events and a loss of a job etc.
The presenting difficulties I work with
I work in all areas of difficulties due to my experience and continued research into the latest research around therapy and neurological science. Yet I specialize in supporting anxiety through the person centred process, sex addiction, relationship problems, depression, trauma and childhood trauma.
I have alot of experience working with couples. Also 20 years experience of working with children.
How does the Person centered approach work?
There are a lot of misconception of this approach and as a teacher of counselling, I believe that most experienced counselors agree that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship that is the most important aspect of the therapy. The conditions of therapy are:
- empathy-someone see's and experiences your difficulties from your point of view. They step into your world
- Congruence- this means you are having counselling with someone who can self-empathize and process their life events and moment to moment experiences. It is this area that some therapist misunderstand as there has to be a good level of congruence for a therapist to be able to offer empathy.
- Unconditional Positive regard- this is not easily achieved and it takes a lot of self development on the therapist part to be able to offer this. It is only this that helps the a person to accept themselves as they experience the therapist acceptance via this unconditional attitude that the therapist has developed toward them. As it is a very powerful experience to experience someone who truly accepts you for who you are.
It is these conditions that develop self empathy in a person, which as we have discussed earlier supports the development of self regulation.
In essence what you get from this person centred process is a change that can transform the way you deal with challenge in life and is preventative for future problems and difficulties occurring as a result of life events.
How can I help?
I have a great deal of experience as I have been working as a therapist for a long time. So can help people with all issues that cause distress, anxiety and depression. As said before these often lead to phobias, addictions and self-destructive emotions that can create destructive consequences in people's lives.
The key is that you will be truly listened to and the problems you have faced will be acknowledged and facilitated for you to process. You will be accepted and not judged as I don't believe that judgment or interpretation of your experience works. When you go to the most frightening places in yourself I will be there with you and will help you overcome this internal powerlessness. When you face self hatred I will not judge or criticize but will offer empathy and acceptance.
In turn your engagement in this process will develop self acceptance, self awareness and self compassion as you begin to offer yourself empathy. Some people take this process further and continue with their sessions and the counselling becomes self development. You will begin to live your life from a place of fearlessness and with a sense of personal power.
What it's like having counselling with me?
I believe in allowing people the space to explore what they need in the time they need to do this. People always comment on my warm and nurturing presence and my ability to really understand what they are going through. I believe a lot of problems can make you feel isolated in the world and having some one to talk to who truly listens, is the key that unlocks the door to liberating you from your past and present difficulties.
How I maintain my ability to offer a good standard of counselling
Their are a number of approaches to this for therapist. As therapy comes down to therapist ability to offer you the right environment for you to self-regulate. It relies on the therapist ability to self-regulated themselves. So I have a self-disciplined practice of self care which has meditation and regular clinical supervision that supports congruence (self regulation process) which increases my ability to offer you these conditions.
What to do next?
I have endeavored to give you a clear picture of the service I provide. As I believe in providing people with the best possible service for their money.
If you feel this sounds right for you then call me on the number or drop me an email. I will conduct a free of charge small telephone referral assessment before we begin the work. In which we will set the time for your first session.
You will always find me helpful when you get in touch. and I will always try my best to support you
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Hons Person Centered Counselling
HNC Childhood and Youth Studies
Last year of my masters in childhood and youth studies
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
1-1 Counselling £50 per hour session
Couples counselling £60 per session
Clinical Supervision £50 per hour
I do offer concession for people who are on low income or have other circumstances that limited their funds for therapy sessions
(Prices may vary when I'm working out of other locations)
Day time and evenings