The first, and perhaps, most difficult step is to admit to yourself you need help. You’ve already done the hard part, you are on to the next stage – choosing a counsellor. To do this, you will need some information. I work as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I undertook specialist training drawing together concepts and theories from the three main schools of thought (Humanistic, Analytic and Cognitive Behavioural) to create a blend of understanding about the formation of self. My work is based on the belief that relationships are important, as we form different types of relationships throughout our lives, some are positive, some not so, but they all have an impact on us. I consider the development of self in relationship with others as a continually evolving process. Therefore, the therapeutic relationship we build as client and counsellor is the foundation of our work together. Discovering your inner strengths and resources will enable you to gain a better understanding of those aspects of your life which may be affecting you, possibly leading to change.
Suffering anxiety or depression, maybe struggling to cope with day to day tasks such as work, home life, relationships and so on could be highlighting the need to find somewhere to off load these invasive thoughts. I offer a patient and open approach to counselling, working at a pace which will be tailored to your requirements. I will not judge you on what you share within our sessions, nor will I give you advice. I am here to listen fully to what you wish to talk about. I am not the expert on you, you are, and I am here to learn what it is like in your world, to understand what problems or fears you may be facing, and in doing so this may enable you to learn more about how you are in your world through my reflections, comments, or queries. I will provide a confidential and safe setting to enable you to explore your feelings, your thoughts, and your behaviours. This could lead to new insight and self-awareness, which in turn, may bring about a change in you and subsequently your surrounding world.
My previous experience has included working with charities, such as 4C’s in Wymondham (until it’s closure), Norwich MIND, and Off the Record. This enabled me to work with clients who had experienced much in their lives including domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, cannabis use, bereavement, relationship matters, depression, anxiety, trauma, living with a personality disorder, and other issues. It gave me the opportunity to enhance my therapeutic practice, and it was an absolute privilege to work with these clients watching them grow and change, thus becoming able to be content in their world.
I specialize in working therapeutically with clients on the Autistic Spectrum particularly those with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and P.D.A. Life can be extremely problematic living in the neurotypical world, unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to anxiety and depression. I offer an environment where you will be able to talk through these difficulties. I have, also, worked with those in relationship with someone on the Spectrum, be it family member, partner, sibling, child, etc. I receive referrals from Asperger’s East Anglia and the National Autistic Society (I am listed on their website of services).
I am a member of the BACP, I adhere to their code of conduct, and, also continue to undertake training which will enhance my abilities as a counsellor. I am fully insured, and have a current DBS check.
Having read all this information, you decide you would like to go ahead, what to do next? The best way forward is to book an initial appointment. This will give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face and to spend an hour considering if you feel able to work with me. As the first session is solely for you to make this important decision, the charge will be set at £25 – this is half the charge of subsequent sessions. The first session is also to give you the space to begin speaking about what brought you to this point. Any following sessions will give you the freedom to further scrutinize these issues in a non-oppressive environment. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. Remember, you do not have to be what happened to you, you can choose what to become next.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Integrative Counselling
Mental Health First Aid Certificate.
Currently studying MA in Understanding Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.
Further CPD includes; Working Effectively with Childhood Abuse, Post Traumatic Disorder, Working with Anger, Personality Disorders, Projective Drawing in Therapy, and Family Systems. Trauma, and Where It Hides. Working Effectively to Overcome Trauma. Neuroscience of Attachment. Sand Tray work. Domestic Abuse Basic Awareness Training. IDAS Rape Awareness Training.
Further training for Autistic Clients; Autism and Transactional Analysis, Autistic Spectrum Issues, Tics and Twitches, and Autism and Related Problems.
Autism Awareness Diploma (Distinction)
Introduction to Child Protection and Safeguarding Children Training 2015.
Diploma in Supervision
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
The initial session will be charged at half price £25, subsequent sessions full price £50 for an hour.
Supervision: First session reduced rate of £25; subsequent hour session £60 or hour and a half for £75.
Available during the week, daytime and evenings.
I have a full DBS check. Fully insured.
I attend regular supervision with an accredited Supervisor.
As per the guidelines of the BACP, continuing CPD training.