Counselling can provide a place for you to process difficult emotions arising from events which occur in most people's lives at some time, such as relationship break down, family issues, bereavement, or work related problems. The way we manage these difficulties can be affected by our previous experiences, including how we learned to cope with challenges in childhood. In this way, 'everyday' problems may leave us struggling to cope and can sometimes result in emotional difficulties such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety or in behavioural problems such as aggression, addiction, OCD or eating disorders.
I can offer you the opportunity to gain some clarity as we work together to understand the origin of your issues. While you search for solutions, the experience of being heard, of hearing yourself, and of having the freedom to deeply explore what has been causing your anxiety or unhappiness, will bring about its own answers. As you reach a greater self-awareness, you will discover the solutions which are right for you.
I am a BACP registered Person-Centred and Integrative Counsellor with 7 years experience and over 3000 counselling hours accrued. I will offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which you are free to explore your difficulties in the knowledge that you will be listened to, and genuinely heard.
I work with adults and adolescents and couples, and have worked within the NHS and agency settings. I have a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing, including issues with disordered eating, and the power that a mindful awareness of our own internal state can have in providing us with self knowledge and helping us to regain a sense of control of our lives.
I am a senior counsellor for Teens in Crisis, working with adolescents as a school based counsellor. I also welcome the opportunity to offer support to parents of teenagers with emotional or mental health difficulties as they are so often overlooked in the attempt to meet the needs of their children.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and a Degree in Psychology from the University of Gloucestershire.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have worked for the NHS 2gether Trust as a Person-Centred Counsellor, supporting people with depression and anxiety, as well as for a local Mental Health Support Charity. I work as a senior counsellor for Teens I’m Crisis in a local secondary school and have volunteered for a Suicide Prevention Charity in Cheltenham.
I have experience of supporting young people with eating disorders and those who care for them in a group setting.
My additional training involves:
Seminar programme in working with young people
Assist Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
KUF Personality Disorder awareness training
Compassion Focused Therapy for Trauma
Post-Qualifying Advanced Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders
Transactional Analysis 101 introduction
Advanced Specialist Training in Counselling Children and Young People
Certificate in Couples Counselling
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
My current fees are:
£45 for individuals (hourly sessions offered)
£60 for couples (sessions can be either an hour, or an hour and thirty minutes)
I am available for appointments from 9:00 until 19:00 weekdays except for Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The counselling I offer can be either time limited, or open ended, to be discussed in the initial session and guided by what is best for you. Sessions usually take place weekly but I am happy to remain flexible to accommodate those with busy lives or who feel that weekly sessions aren't for them.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss what counselling involves and whether or not you feel it could be right for you.
I currently work from rooms in Central Cheltenham.