COVID -19 UPDATE
At this time of unprecedented crisis, our world has become a very different, often frightening place to be. Our social support networks have been severely compromised, through the necessity of social distancing and we face an uncertain future.
As we progress through this state of flux, it is likely that we experience feelings of sadness, fear, isolation, increasing anxiety, loss and stresses on our relationships. We are bombarded with information through television, internet and social media advice on how to live in lockdown and how to battle through. It can feel overwhelming.
I am a professional counsellor with over 18 years of experience, working with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, sexual identity, relationship problems, work related stress, anger management, family issues, loss and bereavement and lack of confidence. I offer an initial free 30 minute consultation to give you the opportunity to meet me and ask any questions you may have and where we can decide if we want to work together. I offer both short term focused work and open ended work according to client need and wish. I usually see clients for weekly 50 minute sessions, however we may agree to meet fortnightly or monthly as our work progresses. We will review how you are experiencing therapy on a regular basis to ensure you are getting what you need from it. I offer a respectful, calm space, using a variety of interventions, tailored to each individual. I am passionate about my work and strongly believe in our ability to make positive changes in the way we live our lives in order to experience greater fulfilment.
'There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.'
I am currently working as an online therapist and invite you to contact me for an initial FREE 30 minute consultation. Taking care of our mental health may be very important to deal with the challenges ahead. In our initial conversation we can discuss how online sessions would work between us. I can explain which online platforms I typically use and we can decide which would be best for you. I look forward to hearing from you; please feel free to either call, text or email to arrange an initial chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
- Certificate in Counselling Theory and Practice
- Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
- BA (Hons) Counselling (2:1)
I began my training in 1999 with a diploma in humanistic counselling and during this time I was on a placement with a young persons counselling service, working with a variety of presenting issues. In 2001 I began working for an NHS drug and alcohol service as a specialist counsellor, working with complex clients who often suffered from underlying mental health conditions and had experienced a high degree of neglect, trauma and abuse in their lives. During this time I decided to return to study for my BA (Hons) Counselling to give me a deeper understanding of the issues my clients faced and broaden my knowledge and skills. I chose to study the relationship between gay clients and their therapists for my dissertation when I realised that sexual minority groups were dropping out of services at a consistently high rate. I used the learning from this to change how I worked and improve outcomes for this group as well as helping to educate my team. In 2006 I set up a small private practise allowing me to work more generically. I began working for CRI, community drug and alcohol service, in 2010 as a psychosocial intervention practitioner. I supported clients in 1-1 therapy alongside developing emotional well being groups such as anger and anxiety management and in 2012 spent a year in a male prison delivering a long term abstinence based programme for recovering addicts. In 2013, I began working as a sessional therapist, facilitating group therapy for The Priory, working with patients on their addiction programme. Since then I have spent six months working in a women's refuge, supporting families fleeing domestic abuse and delivering The Freedom Programme. I have experience of teaching introduction to counselling courses and acting as a co-tutor on a diploma in counselling course. I have taken part in a pilot project in an immigration removal centre, providing psychological support for participants on an opiate withdrawal programme. In 2017, I took a break from therapy to pursue some personal goals and returned to therapeutic work in 2020, wanting to utilise my skills, particularly in the current difficult climate of uncertainty and fear. I look forward to hearing from you.
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
Concessions offered for
Concessions for NHS, keyworkers and low income families, also for student counsellors.
I can offer daytime and evening appointments. Please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time. Concessions for keyworkers.