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About me

I am an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and supervisor working in Reading with people who wish to make lasting changes to their lives.  You may be feeling anxious, depressed or very stressed.  Perhaps you have relationship problems or have lost a loved one or your job.  You may be feeling unhappy, but not know why... If so, the opportunity to talk confidentially to a counsellor may help.

I see young people (11-17) and adults for weekly sessions providing a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and think about the difficulties you are facing.  I believe the capacity to change lies within each person and the counselling process enables you to gain self-awareness so you can bring about the changes you desire and begin to live with a greater sense of freedom and fulfillment. 

Location
My practice is located in central Reading, 2 minutes' walk from the train station.  I have an office on the 3rd floor of a business centre.  There is a reception and waiting area.  There is no onsite parking, except for bicycles.  There are several car parks nearby.  The centre is fully accessible for people with mobility disabilities. 

My approach to counselling
The psychodynamic approach focuses on helping you identify and understand negative patterns of relating and behaving so you can begin to find better ways of coping with life's difficulties. The work involves making sense of what might be the underlying, unconscious motivations for your actions.  With greater self awareness, you can begin to gain the confidence to accept or change your situation.  Sometimes, the work involves exploring early childhood experiences as a way of throwing light on current difficulties.

Getting started

If you think counselling is for you, the next step is to get in touch. This can feel a bit daunting; it's not easy to admit you need some help.  So, just give me a call and we can arrange to meet to discuss your needs and how I can help.  If I don't answer immediately, leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  During the initial consultation I can answer your queries about counselling and explain how the process works.  Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes.


You may be wondering how long therapy lasts...

The duration depends on what you are looking for, the nature of your difficulties and what you can afford. If you want to address a specific issue, we can work in a focused way towards a resolution which may take a few weeks or months.  However, if your problems are more deep seated and have lasted a long time, it may take longer to resolve them and so an open-ended approach is preferable.  In either case, we work towards a mutually agreed ending

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a PG Diploma in counselling from the University of Reading (2012). As a trainee and newly qualified therapist, I worked with students at the University of Reading Counselling and Wellbeing Service and at a low-cost counselling agency.  I worked with NHS patients for short-term therapy at the Berkshire Counselling Centre, Wokingham for two years. I worked for four years in the Cancer Services team, Basingstoke Hospital, as a therapist with people living and dying with cancer.  I offered end of life and bereavement support to patients and their families.  I worked with patients helping them understand the impact of illness and treatment on their lives and identity.

I currently work in private practice.

I have a Diploma in Supervision from the Society for Analytical Psychology (SAP 2017) and see trainee and qualified counsellors for individual and group supervision. I work as a supervisor at No5 Young People, a Counselling Agency offering free therapy to 10-25 year olds in central Reading.

I have a Certificate in Counselling Young People (CPCAB 2022).  I see young people aged 11-17 in private practice and supervise counsellors working with young people at No5 Young People in Reading.  

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Counselling

I charge £60 for the initial consultation which lasts up to 90 minutes.  I charge £60 for the following weekly sessions which last 50 minutes.  I offer a limited number of bursary places based on personal circumstances. . I charge £45 for twice-weekly sessions.
Supervision
I charge £55 for a 50 minute session. Fees for weekly supervision or longer sessions are negotiated on an individual basis.

I review my fees annually in September.

When I work

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Reading, Berkshire, RG1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Experienced supervisor and psychodynamic counsellor in Reading working with qualified and trainee counsellors for individual and group supervision.

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