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MBACP (Accred), MSc., BA (Hons), Dip Counselling, BPharm

About me

I am an experienced BACP accredited counsellor and coach and together we can work with whatever you choose to bring whether that's online, on the phone or face-to-face.  I love having the opportunity to listen carefully and respond with empathy in a way that will help you. My intuition, my ability to listen and my willingness to provide you with a warm accepting presence, means that I can help you to work through issues that concern you, be they personal, social, work-related or relationship based; anxiety, bereavement, depression, bullying, self-esteem. I believe passionately that everyone has the resource within them to find a way forward.

I will provide you with a professional, confidential, empathic, and non-judgemental environment. I work as a humanistic, existential counsellor with individual adult clients of all ages. This means that I am guided by what you choose to bring to the counselling sessions.

I offer sessions of one hour up to once a week.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practising since 2003 and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work within the values, principles and personal qualities demanded by BACP’s ethical framework.

I have a broad experience of adults who came with a wide variety of issues:

  • stress and anxiety
  • feeling sad
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • trauma and loss
  • panic disorder
  • bullying
  • phobias
  • low self-esteem
  • abuse
  • learning difficulties
  • Aspergers
  • agoraphobia
  • sexuality
  • and health-related issues

I have a degree in counselling from the Metanoia Institute, London and I am also qualified as a coach to Executive Level 7 with the Institute of Leadership and Management. I am a trained couples counsellor. I initially trained as a pharmacist to postgraduate level and have worked for many years in public service with patients and staff, innovating, developing and managing complex situations.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in counselling (person centred), Middlesex University
  • Diploma in person-centred counselling, Metanoia Institute
  • Focussing Certificate (British Focussing Association)
  • Executive coaching and leadership mentoring, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM7)
  • M.Sc. Clinical Pharmacy, University of London
  • MPharm., University of London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in bereavement and loss and I have a particular experience of working with people who have experienced sudden loss.  In addition I enjoy working with young adults experiencing anxiety and I have worked with people with phobias, particularly agraphobia and I am experienced in and willing to assist with exposure therapy.  I have trained in EMDR Part 1.

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Fees

Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

Individuals: £55 for one hour

I can offer you an initial short introductory session free of charge so that we can talk about how you might be helped by counselling and see whether you feel you would like to work with me.

I offer concessionary rates for one person at any one time so it is worth asking about the availability of a reduced rate.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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I am generally available on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day and in the evening.

Reading, Berkshire, RG1

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

I am close to the centre of Reading, 25 minutes walk from the train station and close to bus routes 26, 1, 1a and 2. There is plenty of free parking outside. I have no pets.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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