MBACP, B.Ed (Hons), Adv Dip Social Work
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At a time when many of us feel completely overwhelmed by life, I offer a holistic approach to therapy, by supporting you to work at your own pace. I am trained as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, which means that I provide empathy, a genuine concern for you and your experience and unconditional positive regard. Centre to my approach, is the professional relationship we build, that gives you a safe space to work within. I have worked successfully with many clients for seven years and would welcome the opportunity to talk through your concerns to see if I might be able to help you, also. I also support children from 11 yrs upwards. I can support with school phobias, social anxiety, self harming and many more concerns that young people have today. As an integrative counsellor, I will work collaboratively with other theories and use creative media as appropriate.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a B.Ed (Hons) in Primary Education, Level 5 Diploma in CBT, Level 5 Certificate in Young People's Counselling, Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and an Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Social Care.
I worked for twenty years as a Teacher and then had a career in a large corporate retail company before training to become a counsellor. After qualifying as an Integrative Person Centred Counsellor, I have had a wide experience through working in addiction and children's services, supporting clients to recover from bullying, domestic violence, abuse, anxiety and depression. My further qualifications in Social Care help enormously in the counselling and support that I can offer to adults. I am also qualified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This is NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) approved approach for effectively treating a very wide range of mental illness including depression and anxiety. I support you to identify patterns of behaviour, thinking and emotional responses to help you through a process of change and development.
I also enjoy working with children and young people and am qualified to support those aged 11 years and upwards. Young people are offered a creative approach (including art, modelling, role-play), which I find helps them to cope with abuse, bullying, low self-esteem, bereavement, separation, divorce, anxiety, exam pressure and identify future life choices. I have attended further training to support family work for Brief Family Therapy.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I currently charge £50 for 50 minutes. Young People's sessions are between 40-50 minutes depending on the maturity and concentration levels of the child.
When I work
I currently have availability on Monday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday mornings, only.
It is sometimes difficult to decide whether Counselling is for you. Please feel free to contact me and have an initial chat about what is bothering you. You will be able to decide whether I am someone you feel able to talk to and I invite you to have an initial session with no obligation to continue. Please be reassured that the space I offer is completely confidential and safe.