Hello and welcome!
Taking that first step to contact a therapist can be daunting, and choosing the right therapist to work with you to facilitate change is about finding the right fit, someone you feel comfortable with.
Whatever issues you are facing, I believe that we have at our disposal many of the tools we need to help us get the most out of life. Unfortunately, modern life can hide and cover up many of our inbuilt abilities, causing us to feel powerless and full of despair. My role is to help you discover (or rediscover) and use these resources to your best advantage, to alleviate distress, gain understanding and start the journey to facilitate change. Together we can explore all your options. I am committed to listening without judgement and to help you identify areas where maybe a different perspective or reframe could be useful. We can all become entrenched in thoughts and behaviours that may have been useful in the past, but which now no longer serve us. Looking at our habitual ways of being can make connections and enable us to identify patterns. Bringing these thoughts and behaviours into awareness and focus can often bring the 'aha!' moments that facilitate the changes we may be searching for.
Although I initially trained as a person-centred counsellor, experience has taught me that the unique nature of each human being and their story requires a unique approach for each and every person - there is no 'one size fits all' in this work. I have also found that understanding the way mind and body work together can be a powerful kick-starter for change, for example, explaining the fight, flight, freeze response, why it exists, and how to adapt it for life in the 21st century. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to understanding why we do what we do.
As we all are, I am only human and I make no claim to have all the answers, but I do offer clients my integrity, honesty, support and encouragement and, where appropriate, my sense of humour. Yes! Laughter can be extremely therapeutic in the right moment and really does have a place in the counselling room.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified in 2009 with a BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also have a Level 3 qualification in supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse, with OCN West Midlands Region. I practiced counselling for several years in a supported housing project for young people aged 16 to 25, and currently volunteer within an organisation supporting survivors of rape and child sexual abuse. Recent training has included issues around self harm, eating disorders, understanding flashbacks, trauma and dissociation, online therapy and creative ways of working in counselling.
Here is my Charter for Clients:
- I will listen without judgement and offer you the space and support to explore whatever is troubling you
- I will help you to identify and cope with difficult feelings so that you can make choices and discover how best to help yourself
- I am here to support and guide - not to rescue and take over. This work is about rediscovering your own resources and making them work for you
- Although we will work at a pace you are comfortable with, my aim is to make myself 'redundant' in the shortest possible time for you
- I am committed to providing you with a high quality professional service to help you develop your potential and optimise your quality of life
- I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for best practice.
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
Please note: that all the boxes provided by Counselling Directory have been ticked. This is because I work with the person coming to me for help, and whatever they bring. I see the person, not their diagnostic label. Although I am fully aware that a diagnosis can sometimes be of use, for example to gain access to financial support or benefits, I strongly disagree with this way of viewing emotional distress. I believe that there are better, more empowering ways to gain understanding, and I actively campaign to challenge the disease model narrative of diagnosis and disorder.
£40 per session. Sessions typically last 50-60 minutes. If you are in the process of finding a therapist you feel comfortable with, and would like to book an initial 20-30 minute appointment for £15 to establish if you feel we can work together, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
If you are a student or have limited funds, it may be possible to offer a discount on the normal fee (subject to availability). Please don't hesitate to ask about this when you make contact.
Please give me a call or send an email if you think I might be the right counsellor for you. I look forward to hearing from you.