I offer a confidential and non-judgemental environment in a peaceful and supportive setting. I am a caring and approachable person able to listen and empathise and will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, working with you to gain a better understanding of yourself and your situation. Through regular counselling sessions many people have shared their worries, concerns, and hopes and fears, feeling helped to address their difficulties and issues. I work alongside clients helping to develop their own inner resources and find alternative ways of coping.
I practice integrative counselling, combining various counselling approaches working with the present and the past adapting to the needs of the individual person. I work collaboratively focussing on each person as a unique, whole individual, enabling people to make effective changes, helping them to feel stronger and more empowered.
I offer short term, long term and time-limited face to face and telephone counselling sessions depending on your wishes and needs.
I abide by the B.A.C.P. code of ethics and practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained the Diploma in Counselling in 1994 (Client Centred and Psychodynamic based) and went on to become an accredited and registered member of the 'British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy' (B.A.C.P.) in 2003.
I completed the Adoption Training Course for qualified Counsellors with Barnardos in 2013. As an Approved Adoption Counsellor through Barnardo's (registered to provide adoption placement and support services) I have worked with many people affected by all aspects of adoption.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Foundation Module (2014) and Certificate in Play Specialism (2001) enabled me to gain further knowledge and skills when working with children, adolescents and families.
I have attended many short training courses including child protection, rape and sexual abuse, bereavement in children/young people and adults, anxiety, anger management and C.B.T.
I am a recognised Bupa Counsellor (2020).
For over 20 years I have worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in a variety of settings - schools, Social Care, Women's Aid, Adoption charities and in private practice - face to face and telephone counselling. I have counselled people with all kinds of difficulties including anxiety, abuse, adoption, depression, relationships, confidence/self-esteem, bereavement, separation and loss.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All aspects of adoption: Birth families, adopters and adoptees
Initial introduction session, 50 minute face to face and telephone counselling sessions are charged at £45, payable by bank transfer, cash or cheque.
Cancellation Policy - 24hrs notice required
Monday - Friday
Telephone: 07840 197998
Appointments available: Monday - Friday