Making the first move to see a counsellor can feel like a big step, especially if this is the first time you've done it. Perhaps you feel like you’re worrying more than usual at the moment? Or maybe there is a specific issue on your mind that you can't seem to get past. Perhaps you've had enough of feeling anxious, or you're feeling low and 'stuck'.
Counselling sessions can be particularly helpful with lots of issues including...
- Self criticism and struggles to implement change in your life.
- Hanging on to behaviours that you can't seem to stop but aren't doing you any good.
- Comparing yourself to others and not feeling like you are good enough or difficulties with self-image.
- Relationship difficulties - at home, at work or when socialising.
- A feeling of anxiety and worry that refuses to go away!
As your counsellor I will support you to explore your feelings and experiences without judgement or criticism but with warmth, kindness and understanding. When we have the opportunity to share how we feel in a safe, confidential environment it can help us gain a better understanding of ourselves and our relationships, it can help us to develop a toolkit of coping strategies to deal with times when things get tough as well as helping us develop our true potential to lead a more fulfilling life.
What to do next:
To make an enquiry, simply click on the 'email me' button and I will aim to reply within 24-hours. We can then arrange a free, no obligation 30-min call or Zoom call and then, in your own time, you can decide if you would like to go ahead with booking a full session.
What happens in a full session?
Our first session will involve finding out a bit more about what is worrying you and what you would like to work on (plus me asking a fair few questions). I can explain a bit more about how I work and come up with some thoughts about how we could work together together moving forward.
I have a particular interest in working with people who struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionist tendencies, relationships and depression as well as clients who have had suffered trauma and abuse in childhood and parents and carers of people struggling with eating disorders.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative counsellor which means that I can draw from a number of different approaches to tailor our sessions around you. I work relationally which is underpinned by the belief that the strength of our therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of reaching a successful outcome in counselling.
My qualifications and training include:
Post-graduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapy (Level 7)
BA (hons) Sociology from Leeds University
Certificate in counselling at Spectrum institute, London
I am a registered member of the BACP
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Carers or parents of people with eating disorders
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
When you get in contact with me I will...
Respond as quickly as possible - usually within 24-hours.
Ask you for a brief summary of the difficulties you are facing to see if I'm the right person to help.
Organise a free 30-minute telephone call or Zoom call.
What to expect from our first meeting...
The nature of our first meeting will be a chance for you to see if you would like to work with me and for me to ask a few more questions and explain how I work and the counselling I offer. You can then, in your own time, decide if you would like to work together, I'll send you my contract over and we can talk about how many sessions we feel may be useful to start with. I usually meet with my clients weekly.
Our first 30-min initial chat will be free of charge. Subsequent counselling sessions are 50 minutes and cost £45.
What to expect from subsequent sessions
Our sessions are your space to explore your thoughts and feelings in safety, and, if appropriate, for us to perhaps look at some goals as to what you would like to get from our time together. Perhaps you're not sure about goals, that's fine too, we can . start wherever feels most appropriate to you. If you don't know where to start, that's OK too. We can review how we are getting on periodically to ensure that you are getting what you need from our sessions.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and cost £45 per session.
Protecting your data
Your privacy is very important to me and you can be confident that your personal information will be kept safe and secure and will only be used for the purpose it was given to me. I adhere to current data protection legislation, including the General Data Protection Regulation (EU/2016/679) (the GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.