Are you one of those people who feels “I should be able to sort myself out… I shouldn't need to ask for help… no-one will understand how I feel...”?
If this sounds familiar to you, then seeking help can be a really challenging and often scary prospect. However, if you feel able to take a step towards finding out and resolving what’s going on for you, then I may be able to help.
I am a person-centred counsellor which means that the relationship between the two of us is at the heart of my practice. My approach is not to “diagnose” you or give you advice in a proscriptive way, but rather to offer an equal relationship which is open, honest, non-judgmental and accepting in every way.
I offer a safe and confidential environment in which to explore and reflect on past and present issues, and you decide what changes you feel you would like to make to help you move forward. It may be a crisis that has arisen in your life such as a bereavement, job loss, health issue or relationship breakdown, or something longer term such as low self esteem, anxiety, lack of self confidence or childhood issues that you feel need resolution. I can offer both long and short term counselling depending on your individual needs, and this can be agreed between us.
If you would arrange an appointment to see me, this first session will focus on what brings you to counselling, what you hope to achieve and whether I'm the right person for you to work with. The session will take an hour and there is no obligation for you to commit to a second session if it doesn't feel comfortable to do so.
I am an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and work within its Ethical Framework, a copy of which is available on request.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training is wide ranging with experience gained in general counselling, bereavement, and drug and alcohol addiction, working both within agency settings and latterly private practice. I draw on methods from Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Inner Child work, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and creative counselling – all of which are underpinned by my person-centred approach which is core to my practice.
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction) - Bath Spa University
- Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Intermediate - Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
- Awareness in Bereavement Care - Foundation Course (Cruse)
- BACP Certificate of Accreditation
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.