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Most often, when we are distressed or disturbed by whatever we are experiencing, what we really need is someone who can listen to our concerns wholeheartedly, without opinions, advice or comparative judgements.
Frequently, the source of our distress has emerged through loss, fear, guilt, anxiety, trauma, anger or depression. We can become irritated, confused, angry and withdrawn and need a safe haven, where we can express and explore how we feel.
Generally speaking it is our responses to our difficulties, rather than the issues themselves, which provide us with invaluable insight and the tools we need to make choices through awareness. This awareness helps us to embrace the prospect of change and to move forward to a more comfortable place.
The essence of counselling is the simplicity and flexibility of the process as it evolves through the relationship between you and your counsellor. This process nurtures real and genuine communication. It heightens your awareness, and gives you renewed strength and insight.
My therapy work takes place at my home , in a cabin in a corner of my garden. I have created a very quiet and private environment in which you can share without fear of being interrupted or overlooked. This sanctuary provides an ideal healing space in which you can explore the issues that are giving you discomfort or cause for concern.
Accessibility - If coming by car our road is a cul-de-sac with easy parking. If coming on foot my home is 10 minutes walk down Park Lane, from Cowplain shops on London Road. Both Park Lane and London Road are well served with buses . Our nearest train stations are Cosham and Havant.
The cabin is easily accessible for people with physical disability.
Training, qualifications & experience
Throughout my life I have been constantly challenged , both personally and professionally . My experiences have given me a strength and determination to seek the best possible outcome for myself and for those around me . Each of my career choices has given me the opportunity to learn how to help people both positively and effectively .
My career from 1978 was in Nursing, eventually specialising as a Staff Nurse in Cardiac and Intensive Care. My early counselling courses were Person-Centred and Gestalt (South Downs College 2003) . I then studied Holistic Therapies, at South Downs College for two years gaining a VCTC Diploma in 2006 . I returned to counselling through a Level 2 Person Centred course (Portsmouth College 2007) , then on to Person Centred Level 3 (Eastleigh College) in 2009. Finally, I gained my Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt counselling at Eastleigh College in 2011 .
Alongside my Diploma, and for some time afterwards in each case, I held volunteer placements at Eastleigh College Counselling Service and at Off The Record, Havant (where I stayed until very recently).
I have been in private practice as an Holistic Therapist for 10 years, and have offered counselling since the successful completion of my Diploma in 2011.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
If you are seeking understanding and support, then please call me and we can discuss the possibility of you attending a free introductory session lasting about half an hour, during which time we can explore your needs and you can decide if you feel comfortable with me and my way of working.
My fee is £40 per session , which is negotiable for Students, Senior Citizens and clients receiving Disability Allowances .
When I work
My core working hours are Monday to Friday 9 - 6 but I can be flexible with evenings and weekends depending on your circumstances. I can see you in your own home if that is your preference
I work according to the Ethical Framework and Code of Professional Conduct of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists .
I attend monthly supervision.
I attend private personal development .
I have attended regular training courses since qualifying and will continue to do so.