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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 trained as a person-centred counsellor which means that the relationship between the two of us is at the heart of my practice. My approach over the years has developed into a more integrative way of working but my role is not to “diagnose” you or tell you what to do, 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 to see 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 experience of working in private practice for over ten years has been wide-ranging and included working with mental health issues, self esteem, confidence-building, bereavement, historical abuse and addiction. I have experience of working in an addiction agency as a counsellor using Motivational Enhancement Therapy as well as training and working with Cruse Bereavement supporting clients experiencing loss and grief.
As well as my private practice, I am currently working as a Staff Counsellor in a higher education setting, and as a supervisor for both a national mental health charity and a local organisation supporting trainee counsellors in primary care settings.
I feel privileged to work as counsellor and support clients to work through the difficulties and struggles that inevitably go hand-in-hand with coming to therapy. I am an integrative therapist which means I draw on different theoretical approaches but this largely depends on you and what might be helpful for you in our work together. I strongly believe that there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to therapy, but any work that we do will be underpinned by a person-centred, relational approach which is fundamental to my practice,
I offer both short and long term therapy.
- Advanced Diploma in Relational Supervision - National Counselling Society (NCS)
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (Distinction) - Bath Spa University
- Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)
- Level 4 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
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
£45.00 per session (one hour). Please note that I am unable to offer evening or weekend appointments.
EAP referrals: Please contact me to discuss assessment and sessional rates.
Off street parking available. Home visits offered in some circumstances by arrangement.