During the current Covid-19 restrictions, I am able to offer face to face sessions in an environment which has been risk assessed and follows the current safety measures - please feel free to discuss these with me. I am also offering telephone or video call sessions.
How counselling can help
Sometimes life can be difficult – we can struggle with overwhelming feelings which make us feel anxious or low and it can be hard to see the way ahead. Maybe there is something specific such as a traumatic life event or a relationship where we need time to understand and process our feelings. If this sounds familiar, then my counselling approach can help you to regain some strength, control and to see your choices more clearly. Counselling can help us to understand why we are feeling as if life is a struggle and help us to start living in a way which is more true to ourselves. My approach is warm and empathetic and I offer a safe space in which to explore feelings, seeking to understand your unique experience in an accepting and non-judgemental way.
I strongly believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is the key to allowing healing and change to take place. By hearing your own voice and sharing your thoughts and feelings with me, we can work together to explore what has brought you to therapy and help you to find a way forward which is right for you.
Because everyone is unique, I practise an Integrative approach to counselling which brings together elements of different therapies to suit individual needs. This reflects my belief that there is no single way to understand another person and that, by seeking to understand and value your experience, I can provide the best therapy for you.
I offer short and long term counselling, depending on your needs. Short term counselling will focus on your immediate problems and help you find a way to manage them. Longer term counselling helps you to have a deeper understanding of issues and, as we work together, to develop insights, understanding and self-acceptance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Course, Gold Book Standard)
- Extensive training in counselling adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence
- I am committed to ongoing professional development and attend workshops, lectures, seminars and study
- I have experience of working with clients who have experienced:
- Trauma and adult survivors of sexual abuse
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Domestic abuse & recovering from narcissistic abuse
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Relationship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Issues regarding loss of identity/purpose in life
- Work related stress
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
£35 for a 50 minute session, payable at the end of each session. I am able to offer reduced rates for a limited time to people on low income and students but places are limited.
I believe that it is important you feel comfortable talking to me and that you feel ready to come to counselling. For that reason, there is no charge for the initial assessment session.
Cancellation policy: I require 24 hours’ notice, otherwise the full fee will be due.
Concessions offered for
Thinking about having counselling can be daunting. If you wish to discuss your feelings, please contact me confidentially by phone or email and I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.
If you wish to go ahead with counselling, please contact me to make an appointment for an assessment session. At this session we can get to know each other and explore your reasons for coming to counselling. After the session I will give you a couple of days to decide if you feel comfortable working with me, after which we can arrange our next session and discuss how many sessions you feel you would need.