Whether you are struggling to cope with a critical issue, have a long term problem, or simply want to understand yourself better, talking can help. I currently offer counselling by telephone and, for those comfortable using Zoom or WhatsApp, video sessions. I look forward to the time when Covid19 is less of an issue so that I can once more welcome clients to face to face sessions.
With the Person-Centred approach as my base I model my work to suit individual needs, offering aspects of other schools of counselling when I feel it will help you.
I understand how important it is that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who suits your needs, so our first session gives you the opportunity to decide, without any obligation, whether or not I might be the right one for you.
Becoming a Counsellor
My pathway to counselling started in the nineties when I attended a ‘Foundation Year in Counselling’ course at evening class. As a result of the personal growth that I experienced and my affinity for the process I wanted to take the study further, but it was not until some time later that I was free to complete the training.
My wide range of life experiences, both personal and in the workplace, has given me depth and breadth of understanding that enhances my ability to empathise at a deep level. Also my personal therapy, undertaken both at critical times in my life and as a weekly requirement when I was training, helps me to understand counselling from your viewpoint. I know just how hard working through issues that come up in counselling can be, not only difficult but sometimes painful, and will support you through this.
I am based in Rushden, a quiet little village tucked away between Baldock and Buntingford. Parking is not a problem as there is plenty of room in the drive.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I carry full public liability insurance.
1995 – 2008 Guideposts Trust Friendship Scheme – volunteer befriender for adults with learning difficulties.
2014 – Sept. 2017 – CGL Spectrum drug and alcohol recovery agency – volunteer counsellor
2015 – Sept. 2018 – Women’s Resource Centre, Stevenage – volunteer counsellor
Nov. 2018 ongoing - Garden House Hospice Care, Letchworth - volunteer counsellor
2015 - Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5, Integrative) Sirvana Banks Training
2013 - Certificate in Counselling Level 3
1996 – Foundation Year in Counselling – Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
My sessions last 50 minutes. I charge an introductory rate of £30 for the first session and thereafter a standard rate of £40.
I am able to offer concessions, by arrangement, for students (aged 18+) and those on limited income.
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday Daytime and evenings
Recent CPD Courses