Today's world brings many challenges that seem to weigh us down and prevent us from living the life we want. I believe that everyone has the potential to be the person they want to be; as an experienced therapist I am passionate about working alongside clients to allow them to find their own solutions to bring about long lasting changes. My therapeutic work uses a variety of theoretical models and techniques to suit the needs of the client and has helped clients with stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and confidence, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bereavement and loss, and relationship issues.
I am an integrative counsellor, who works creatively with older children, adolescents and adults. I offer a confidential, safe and supportive, non-judgemental space for you to explore the issues of concern. In the current Coronavirus pandemic I am now resuming face-to-face counselling, but continue to work online via Zoom or telephone counselling. Further details about my precautions for safe working can be seen on my website.
I provide long and short term counselling depending on the needs of the client, based on mutually agreed goals and time frame. Longer term therapy, in particular, can be distressing but to work through long held thoughts in a supported environment can be healing and give resolution for the client. As an accredited member of the National Counselling Society I adhere to its ethical framework.
A good working relationship is essential in counselling, so therefore, I provide a free 30 minute initial consultation, either by phone or face to face; to allow you to assess if counselling is right for you at this time and that you feel comfortable with me. It is important to consider carefully whether to go ahead and I will give you space to make your decision freely.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling- AIM Awards Level 4
Level 5 certificate in counselling Young People - YPI Counselling (Basingstoke)
I qualified in 2014 and I have experience in working with older children, adolescents and young people in a school and voluntary environment as well as with adults.
My experience of working with Secondary age students in school has been long and varied. Most of my therapy work has been with young people aged 11-25 years old on a one to one basis, including some work with clients with autistic traits. I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate and my details can be checked on the update service.
I have a particular interest in bereavement and loss and I work with a local charity supporting children as young as 4 who have experienced the loss of a close family relative.
I am committed to continuing my professional development and have attended training on the following:
Working with Gender Identity – the role of Psychotherapy
The cause of depression workshop
End of life care
Getting started with Acceptance Commitment Therapy
The impact of Loss conference
Working with clients on the autistic spectrum
Why touch matters workshop
Supporting families who have lost a child through stillbirth or infancy death
Exploring Loss day conference
Bereavement and working with teenagers
Facilitating group discussion and ensuring productive feedback.
Self- Harm training (Emma Selwood, through Simon Says)
Recognising Common Mental Health Difficulties in Children and Young People (Dr Lisa Rudgley, Berkshire Healthcare)
Simon Says induction training
Engaging and Counselling Young People and how this differs from working with adults – Alison Edwards MA, DipSW
Attachment Theory – Sir Richard Bowlby
Bereavement training – Time 2 Talk (provided by Simon Says)
Training for school counsellors – Time 2 Talk
Social Anxiety when working with young people – Susy Churchill
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial 30 minute consultation is free, either face to face on on the telephone.
£40 for a 50 minute session
A few concessionary rate places available for financial hardship, please contact to discuss.
Variable hours between 9am and 7pm, although appointments would be mutually agreed and at a regular time.