I have over twenty years post-qualifying experience of counselling adults, children and young people.
My counselling practice is based on creating a safe and trusting relationship with my clients so that they feel able to express and explore whatever is happening in their lives. It can be difficult to take that first step and ask for help and I am always mindful of this. I offer a safe, non-judgemental, genuine and empathic space in which we work at the client's pace and with the issues the client brings. My focus is on developing a therapeutic relationship that can facilitate the changes that my client wants.
Sessions with children are child-centred and, as well as talking, aim to provide children with ways of expressing themselves through play and art when they can't find the words to talk about their difficulties or say how they feel. In this safe space, the child can begin to make sense of his or her feelings and find ways of coping with and managing them.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their ethical framework. My practice is professional and confidential. I am fully insured and DBS checked and receive regular clinical supervision in line with BACP guidelines. Sessions are generally weekly and last for 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Honours): French with Psychology
Diploma (of Higher Education) in Counselling
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Studies (Child and Adolescent Development)
Working Creatively with Children: The Centre for Child Mental Health in London
I also engage in Continuing Professional Development and have undertaken many shorter training courses including Safeguarding and Child Protection (level 1, 2 and 3), Self Harm, Play Therapy, Eating Disorders, Relationships, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Grief, Loss and Trauma, Working with Anger, Working with Families with Complex Needs, Mental Health Issues, Childhood Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Anxiety.
I have extensive experience, alongside my private practice, of working as a schools counsellor in both primary and secondary schools, as a child therapist in the private sector, as a counsellor for Barnardos, Relate and Family Mediation Service and as Senior Family and Young People's Worker for South Gloucestershire Council where I also lead on and facilitate parenting groups.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Play and creative therapies
Young people's counselling
- Counselling for adults
- Counselling for young people
- Counselling for children
- Counselling in schools and colleges
- Counselling in organisations / workplace counselling
- Parenting support
- Consultation for professionals working with children and young people