At this moment in time we are being asked to stay at home for our own and others safety. This isolation and separation from our loved ones and our normal way of life can cause anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations and other symptoms. Pre-existing anxiety or depression can spiral out of control. Having someone to talk to and share your worries can bring comfort and reassurance to help you manage your mental and physical health. I can offer you safe and confidential online or telephone support to help you get through it. There will be no judgement, just a calm safe space for you to be really listened to and begin your journey to self-worth, acceptance and integrity. I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I have a number of theories I can use to ensure the support I give is relevant and appropriate. I use a person-centred based approach to underpin our relationship, in which I offer empathy, congruence and positive regard aiming to accept you just as you are.
As an Integrative Therapist, I am able to offer CBT helping you to realise the correlation between thoughts, emotions and behaviour and Psychodynamic helping you to see how events from childhood may be influencing you as an adult. I can, therefore, base my support on whichever approach I feel would be most appropriate for your needs and that will provide me with insight and method in helping you in the areas you might be struggling.The counselling relationship is like no other you will ever experience - it’s all about you.
The experience of a therapeutic relationship, one in which you are genuinely valued, understood and accepted without judgement, can bring about healing in itself.
At certain times in our life, we will experience life-changing events: relationship problems, illness, loss problems at work and they can leave us lost, confused and alone. Our ability to function normally is affected and sometimes we struggle both emotionally and physically making it difficult to face the day ahead. Counselling allows you to talk about the thoughts, feelings and emotions that are causing you trouble, it can help you to unravel the confusion, improve your self-esteem and help you to better understand your true self leading to better-improved relationships with people and with your life.
I have experience in helping people with a wide range of problems, for example:
- low self-esteem
- suicidal thoughts
- relationship concerns
- and addiction issues.
I specialise in bereavement and loss and have a special interest in mindfulness which helps to focus your attention and bring you down to earth when you arrive at our sessions full of anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully trained Integrative Counsellor having incorporated three different strands of therapeutic approach into my Counselling Diploma.
I am a full member of the BACP which serves to provide an ethical framework to work within providing safety and security for both clients and myself as a practitioner.
I work for Cruse Bereavement and have completed their ABC (Awareness in Bereavement Course), along with Safeguarding, Sudden and Traumatic Death, Telephone Counselling, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.
I have a certificate demonstrating my completion of MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) course.
I have experience of chronic illness and can offer ways of coping and accepting.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee for one-to-one therapy for a 50-60 minute session is £30-40 (taking into account low-income clients).
Fees are payable in cash or bank transfer either before or at the end of each session.