Welcome to my profile.
A safe space
Searching for a counsellor might be the biggest and most positive step you can take. Whether you want to focus on a specific issue, deal with a particular situation or you're looking for a fuller understanding of yourself, it can take courage to reach out.
Maybe something significant has happened - a traumatic event, bereavement, relationship breakdown, job loss or illness - or some other life event. Perhaps you're feeling anxious, depressed, lost and desperate to regain some control over your life and your feelings. There could be a number of different reasons why you're thinking about counselling now - life is often complicated and messy.
I am trained primarily in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but I have received training in other approaches too and will adapt the way I work to fit your own needs and circumstances.
Lasting change comes from within - the experience, knowledge, strength and resources that you already possess. By listening to you, understanding you, getting a sense of what makes you tick, what makes you scared and what you want from life, I will help you harness those resources and take control of your journey.
I take a flexible, collaborative approach to counselling - we will work at your pace and our sessions will be tailored to your goals and needs.
Most importantly, I will walk with you and give you the respect, trust and empathy that helps you to explore your situation, make changes and move forward with your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- COSCA-validated Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork - A Cognitive Behavioural Approach.
- Certificate in Trauma-focused Therapy.
- Cosca Certificate in Counselling Skills.
- I have also completed training in approaches including Schema Therapy and Transactional Analysis, and I am undertaking ongoing training in Compassion-Focused Therapy.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Counselling can feel a daunting prospect and you might have a lot of questions or concerns. It's important as well to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with. I offer a free initial phone conversation (of typically 15-20 minutes) so that you can ask any pressing questions you have about how I work.
All following one hour sessions will cost £45.
At the moment I offer either phone or video counselling (the latter over Zoom, for which you will need access to the Internet). Face-to-face sessions aren't currently available.
Please email me for more information or to arrange a chat.
Being self-employed gives me plenty of flexibility when it comes to arranging sessions - feel free to contact me with any questions regarding my availability.