I am a Relate Certified counsellor and member of the BACP with over 15 years experience of counselling in both the public and private sector in the UK and USA. I am experienced and fully qualified to work with Individuals, couples, families and children. I have a private counselling practice in Bushey Heath alongside working part time at an established charity in Watford.
Counselling is an opportunity to develop new understanding and insight into how you exist in your world. In a confidential and non-judgemental environment we can explore together aspects of your life that may be inhibiting your happiness and personal growth. Understanding your patterns of behaviour and how they link to your life experiences can help you to develop a different perspective, and from here alternative options and choices will often begin to emerge. I will support you in considering these options, identifying your inner strengths and resources and progressing you towards living in a way that is more satisfactory for you.
Whilst counselling can be challenging at times, for most people it is a life changing positive experience leading to greater self-awareness and understanding. My aim is to reduce confusion and anxiety by listening attentively and offering you the time, respect and empathy needed to explore and express your thoughts and feelings openly.
I offer a 50 minute no obligation initial consultation. This is an opportunity for you to tell me what brings you to counselling and establish if it is right for you. I work with clients on both a short- and long-term basis, and this can be agreed at the onset of our work. Alternatively we can take things meeting by meeting if you prefer.
I understand that the choice to come to counselling is not always an easy one and you may have questions you’d like to ask beforehand. Please feel free to contact me on my mobile 07967441478 and I would be happy to address any concerns or queries you might have.
I am experienced and have success working with clients in the following areas:
- communication difficulties;
- divorce / separation;
- verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse;
- blended/step families;
- parenting / children / young adults
- sexual difficulties;
- difficulties forming relationships;
- inter-cultural / interfaith relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA, Psychology (Honours) - University of North Texas 4 years.
- Counselling Certificate - University of Hertfordshire –1 year.
- Masters / Postgraduate Diploma, Relationship Therapy - University of Hull / Relate Institute – 3 years.
As a BACP member (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I adhere and and work to their code of ethics and practice.
I hold an enhanced CRB check and private indemnity insurance.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means that I will draw upon a variety of different theories and approaches depending upon what suits your personality and the particular issues you bring to counselling.
Whilst I am trained to work with a wide range of issues, my specialty is relationship therapy. By nature we are social creatures, and it is a fundamental human need to feel connected to other people; to love and be loved, and to care and be cared for. Relationships are central to our happiness, and working from this perspective I will endeavour to help you to make the most of yours. Whether this is with your partner, children, family, friends or work colleagues.
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
Daytime - Individuals £60, Couples and Families £65,
Evening - Individuals £65 Couples and Families £75,
The times below are approximate and I am sometimes able to offer appointments outside of these times depending upon the circumstances.
Monday - Daytime 11:30 to 2:30, Evenings 6:30 and 7:30 appointments
Tuesday - Daytime 9:30 to 2, Evenings 6:30 and 7:30 appointments
Wednesday - Daytime 11:30 to 2:30
Thursday - Daytime 9:30 to 2, Evenings 6:30 and 7:30 appointments
I also offer two concessionary appointments per week at reduced rates for students and those on a low income.
My private counselling room is located on Magpie Hall Rd close to the Spire Hospital in Bushey Heath (formerly the BUPA hospital). There is free parking at the property.