I offer face-to-face, telephone and online counselling via video link within a safe and confidential space. Initial, no obligation free video conferencing or telephone consultation.
I am a degree qualified professional therapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I welcome clients from all backgrounds and work with clients within a safe and confidential space where you will be supported to express and explore what is troubling you without being judged. It is important that you feel valued and respected for your own capacity to decide on what feels right for you. Alongside my counselling private practice, I work for the mental health charity Mind, with previous experience working for an addiction charity, social work and the NHS.
As an integrative therapist, I draw on a range of theories and modalities, which means I provide a therapeutic experience specific to your individual needs. I am a warm and compassionate counsellor, who is easy to talk to, with extensive experience of working with a wide variety of issues. At the core of my work is the belief that a trusting and mutually respectful relationship is of primary importance and when this foundation is in place, it then becomes possible for significant changes to occur in terms of your wellbeing and quality of life.
How can counselling help you?
Whatever the complications or distress in your life, counselling can provide a platform for deep exploration of unresolved inner conflict, or simply provide a safe and confidential space to talk through what is worrying you so that you may find a more helpful way of understanding yourself and a way of moving your life forward.
Although counselling can initially feel daunting, it can also be a huge relief to take this first step to speak to someone about what is troubling you. If you feel that talking to me may help, I offer a free no obligation, initial online or telephone consultation where you will be given space to talk through what is troubling you and decide whether counselling can help. Alternatively, you may prefer to email me by clicking on the link at the top of my profile page.
The duration of counselling can either be short-term or long-term. Alternatively, we can arrange a fixed number of sessions, if you prefer. Counselling sessions are usually on a weekly basis, and can continue for as long as you feel it is helpful. We will review our progress at regular intervals, to ensure that you are getting what you need from the sessions.
I work from a comfortable private practice in North Swindon with free parking, which can also be easily accessed by public transport. In line with Government guidance in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic a thorough risk assessment of the practice has been carried out. Cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures have been put in place and reasonable steps have been taken to maintain social distancing guidance.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Degree in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), membership requires passing a Proficiency Examination, adhering to their Ethical Framework, regular supervision and a commitment to engage in Continuing Personal Development. This includes; seminars, workshops and conferences that keep me up to date with new developments and research.
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
Online counselling sessions via video link are £40 for the duration of 55 minutes.
Telephone counselling is £35 for 55 minutes.
Face-to-face counselling sessions are £45 for the duration of 55 minutes.
Concessions are available for students and trainee counsellors, key workers and some concessions are available for people on a low income.