I am an ‘Integrative’ Therapeutic Counsellor – which means I have experience of a wide range of therapeutic theories and techniques, which I use in a flexible way according to your needs. I aim to create a safe space help you explore whatever struggles and difficulties you may be facing & also seek to give you emotional support as you go through that process. I understand that life is complicated so have an accepting, empathic and supportive approach and will work with you to help manage and work through your concerns.
I do know how hard it can be to find the right counsellor, so I hope the information I provide here will help you decide if I am right for you.
I worked as a Registered Nurse for over 30 years in hospital, community and school settings which meant that I encountered the richness & complexity of life experiences throughout all stages of life. I decided to retrain as a counsellor to focus on the emotional aspect of health but am fully aware that as human beings we are body, soul and spirit and as such, all aspects of our lives are entwined and impact on the other. Consequently my approach to counselling seeks to integrate emotional, physical and spiritual understanding and I am happy to explore faith in a significant way if desired, with the emphasis and extent varying according to the individual.
I offer individual adults a professional & compassionate service in a safe, private environment with confidential boundaries. My experience includes clients who have struggled with the hits of life including areas such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, family struggles, loss, trauma, bereavement and low self esteem.
My ‘Integrative’ counselling process may involve
talking about your past & childhood experiences and considering how they may be impacting your life now. This is not about apportioning "blame' but about seeking to understand how your past experiences may be contributing to your current difficulties. Often the things we are unaware of have power over us, so making sense of your past and becoming aware of what you may have previously been unaware of, can empower you to make newly informed choices that help you move towards the change you are looking for.
focusing on the "here and now" of your current relationships or difficulties and exploring different perspectives and possible solutions.
using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT) which look at the link between your thought processes and beliefs that impact your feelings and behaviours. This is a highly effective way to bring about change, by becoming aware of previously unknown & unacknowledged thinking patterns you can create new patterns of thinking and behaving that change behaviour and feelings.
using creative tools and resources to help explore and uncover difficulties that may be hard for you to express in words.
I currently work online (predominantly via Zoom) & can offer telephone counselling if preferred. Once able to see clients face to face I am based in a quiet, reflective garden room on the edge of Trowbridge, Wiltshire - towards Bradford upon Avon - which is easily accessible by car from surrounding areas with plenty of free onsite parking. It is a 10 minute walk from Trowbridge train station & the D1 bus stops at the end of the road - 1 minute walk.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
I have extensive experience in counselling agencies, school settings as well as my own private practice.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their Code of Ethics.
I am also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).
I hold a valid enhanced DBS certificate.
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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