Please note that I will, until further update here, be offering counselling online (via video call) and outdoors only, owing to the Covid-19 situation and the need for protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission. I hope to be able to return to indoor face-to-face work as soon as possible. If you would like to get in touch to discuss online or outdoor counselling with me, to help decide whether one or the other (or a combination of both) might work for you, we can do this by phone or email. With apologies, I am not able to work with young people (i.e. 18 or younger) online. Thank you for your understanding.
I am a trained and experienced therapeutic counsellor, offering individual counselling to adults and young people, short- or long-term. I am based in Glastonbury, Somerset, and currently offering therapy/counselling either via online video call or in person outdoors, according to your preference.
A resume of my background and qualifications are below. I have helped clients of all ages (14 and upwards) with a wide variety of issues, since qualifying in 2015. My approach is at root person-centred, but I will adapt to your needs, using aspects of other approaches where it is helpful.
I strongly believe in the therapeutic benefit of working outdoors, and I offer this alternative if it appeals to you. We can either discuss it at the start, or else consider it later on, as you wish. I can also offer nature therapy or nature reconnection work if this is what you want. Please see the Green Therapy page of my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Person-Centred Counselling in 2012-2015, completing an additional Integrative diploma in 2016. During and since my training, I have worked with adults of all ages, for two counselling services in Somerset, and with young people aged 14 plus in a school setting in Norfolk.
I have also trained in eco-therapy/eco-psychology, with Sweet Track in Somerset, developing my interest in combining talking therapy with outdoor and nature-based approaches to therapy.
My formal qualifications are:
BA Hons, Oxford; 1991
PGCE, Lancaster; 1994
PhD, Sheffield, 2006
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB); 2013
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB); 2013
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB); 2015
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB); 2016
BACP Certificate of Proficiency; 2016
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My rate is £40 for 60 minutes. I might be able to offer you a lower rate than this, according to your circumstances. It is worth asking me, but I cannot promise that it will be possible.
I offer an initial meeting (aka assessment session) of 60 to 90 mins for £20.
Under the current, unusual circumstances, I am also offering a half-hour preliminary meet-up/chat online, or by phone if you prefer, for free, to establish that we are able to connect, technically speaking, and to answer any general questions. This would be prior to a more formal and focused assessment session online.