Dip.Counselling, MNCS (Accred), MPhil
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Beginning your counselling journey can be a huge step and takes great courage. I will honour this, offering you respect and care working at the right pace and in the right way for you.
I use a mix of therapeutic approaches to suit each individual client. Clients come to me for help with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and also to explore the bigger questions in life - who they are, what they believe, how they make meaning in this complicated world. Having been a meditation teacher I can support you in exploring or extending your mindfulness / awareness practice.
I see adults, young people, and occasionally work with couples too.
As an addition to my original Counselling Training, I am an IFS Therapist and love to work with this powerful (yet gentle) model. Internal Family Systems is a relatively new type of therapy in the UK but gaining respect rapidly. It is a way to understand your inner world and help it to transform and heal. "IFS is based on the principle that there is an undamaged, resourceful self at the core of every person and that accessing and working with that self is a safe, effective way to heal other, hurt parts of the mind." Please contact me for more information.
ASC / Aspergers: Over the years I have worked with many autistic people of all ages and am currently a Specialist Mentor for ASC students at the University of Bath. I have additional training in this area and enjoy working with ASC clients and their families.
I believe Nature is a powerful therapist and love to work with clients outside - walking and talking suits some people better than sitting in a chair!
Please contact me if you have a specific issue I have not mentioned.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered BACP (Accredited Member)
Registed NCS (Accredited Professional)
Diploma in Counselling, University of the West of England (BACP accredited course, Level 6 diploma - Integrative and Relational using Person Centred, Gestalt and Psychodynamic theories).
Certificate in Counselling, University of the West of England (BACP accredited)
Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents
Certificate in Couple's Counselling
Master of Philosophy, University of Exeter
BA (Hons) English and Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Other recent training and courses include:
Diploma in Supervision (2021 - ongoing)
Working with Shame (2021)
Infidelity in Relationships (2021)
Online Competency (2020)
Pre Trial Therapy (2019)
IFS Level 1 therapist training (September 2018)
Meetings in Nature (2018)
Alternative Sexual Lifestyles (2018)
Sandtray Therapy Level 1&2 (2016-2017)
Mental Health First Aid (2016)
Trauma and Dissociation (2016)
Self Harm Awareness (2014)
Child Protection (2015)
I attend regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) to make sure my approach stays fresh and I am assimilating the latest knowledge.
I currently have a private practice where I see adults and young people. I counselled at a secondary school for four years. I am a Specialist Mentor at the University of Bath, working with students with ASC and / or mental health issues. I have also worked in the NHS, counselling staff and with The Priory as a counsellor.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life stage issues (mid life, transition from adolescence to adulthood, becoming an adult, end of life)
Questioning faith / identity / purpose.
CFS/ME / Chronic pain
Experience of working with ASC / Aspergers (children and adults).
From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session
I work in Yate, near Chipping Sodbury and have clients from a wide radius around the South West.
My session cost is £55 per 55 min session, for all age groups, £65 for couples.
This applies to face-to-face and online counselling
I am happy to have a free 10 minute phone call to explore if we might be a good fit.
When I work
Supervision spaces only at present.
I work from a pleasant, quiet, discreet room in Yate which has plenty of offroad parking and easy access (one step).
Please do contact me for further information - a phone chat / email exchange / text conversation with no obligations.
There are dogs on the property and although you will never encounter them, please take this into account if you suffer allergies or phobias.
It's not all about talking, it's about self awareness! I work creatively where necessary with art / music / sandtray / walking - however you feel comfortable expressing yourself.