Welcome to my page. I am an experienced and qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, and I run my private practice from a comfortable and safe room in my home in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
As a humanistic therapist, I use different ways of working with you depending on your needs. My focus however is always on our therapeutic relationship, as I believe this is the most important factor to enable change to happen in a safe and trusting environment.
I believe that counselling can give you the space to explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions, and the clarity to make any changes you may feel you need.
I also have several years experience working as a counsellor in an agency for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. I work with compassion and empathy, always holding my client's safety in mind. I have a deep and empathic understanding of the impact that this type of trauma can hold on an adult now. I can support you whether you experienced childhood abuse, or abuse as an adult.
I understand the coping mechanisms that many people adopt after traumatic events, that may have helped protect you at the time. These can include alcohol abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, low self-esteem, poor sleeping patterns, intimacy issues, feelings of shame, flashbacks and dissociation.
I can give you the time and space to safely talk about, and come to terms with, any of your emotional issues. Together we can explore the influence that these coping mechanisms may hold over you, and work towards taking control of them, and as a result find the way to empower yourself.
I work with clients on a long or short term basis depending on your needs.
I am passionate about my work, and as a registered member of the BACP, you can feel safe in knowing that I offer a confidential and professional service.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified BACP psychotherapeutic counsellor.
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The Metanoia Institute where I'm also currently in my final year of completing a Masters in Humanistic Psychotherapy.
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (Level 3)
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 2)
Working with Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse – Trust House Reading, Volunteer Training Programme.
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
Childhood sexual abuse
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Face-to-face sessions take place in a comfortable ground floor room in my home
- Fees £55 for 55 minutes
Online sessions take place over a secure platform - Zoom
- Fees £55 for 55 minutes
Initial assessment either face-to-face on online over zoom
- Fees £55 for 55 minutes
What to expect in your first session
I believe that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in my work, and so our initial meeting will give us a chance to see if we can comfortably work together.
I will explain how I like to work and will invite you to tell me a little of what brings you to therapy. Please don't worry about having to talk about anything you are not comfortable with. You can begin wherever you like, and feel confident that I will hold your safety in mind at all times to ensure you are not overwhelmed. You are welcome to ask me any questions or share any worries you may have about my work and counselling in general.
There is no obligation for you to continue to work with me after this initial session, or at any other point. It is more important for you to find the right therapist for you, and if you don’t quite click with me, that’s fine too and I may be able to steer you towards a different way of moving forward.
This first session will take place either face to face or by Zoom depending on any Covid restrictions that may be put in place, and will be the same fee as other sessions. I hope by the end of the first session you will know whether you are comfortable to work with me, however I will always suggest you go home to think about it for a couple of days before making your final decision.
Free on street parking is available outside and there is also a toilet available next door to my counselling room.