I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor and Supervisor. My style of working is warm, empathic and relational. Over the years I have been practising professionally as a Counsellor, I have enjoyed working with both individuals and couples on a wide range of issues and concerns. I care deeply about my working relationships with my clients and therefore take very seriously the requirements of my professional body (BACP) to ensure that I practise safely and ethically, offering a safe, confidential and professional service.
I have worked in the field of Mental Health for many years; initially as a Social Worker, and for the past 10 years, as a Counsellor. My experience of working with a diverse range of people over the years has helped me develop and enhance my understanding of the struggles and difficulties that clients bring to Counselling.
I offer a confidential and professional counselling service from my private practice based near Axminster, East Devon, on the borders of both West Dorset and Somerset. I offer Integrative Counselling, which means that I am trained in a variety of methods, including humanistic, CBT and psychodynamic models. This also means that I am skilled in matching those skills to your particular situation and goals that you wish to bring to Counselling. Rather than attempting to "fix' you, I view my role as a facilitator, enabling you, the client, to explore and discover a creative way forward to achieving your full potential
How Counselling can Help:
Counselling is a process which takes place within a two-way, supportive relationship between client and counsellor. It can help you make sense of thoughts, feelings & circumstances which may be troubling you at present and preventing you from making full use of your potential. Current difficulties are often rooted in the past, so counselling may involve exploring past and present relationships which may be painful and challenging. However, by doing this in a supportive and safe way, this may increase your insight and understanding, and help you live your life in more fulfilling and hopeful ways.
Counselling with someone who does not judge you or tell you what to do is a process that enables you to talk through and explore your thoughts and feelings in depth, in a way which is often not possible with family or friends. I aim to provide a safe space to facilitate this therapeutic process, and to develop an honest, trusting relationship where you feel supported and listened to, which will enable you to understand and resolve your difficulties and dilemmas.
I work flexibly and can offer either short-term or longer-term work, but will always be guided by what you, the client, feel you need.
I work privately from home and see clients in a comfortable, private room. There is ample, free parking adjacent to my house.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as such, subscribe to the BACP Code of Ethics, which is their framework for good practice.
Over the years I have gained a wide experience of working with people of all ages and backgrounds within the NHS, Social Services, and the Charitable and Voluntary sector. Until very recently I practiced within the NHS as a Primary Care Counsellor at several East Devon GP medical practices, working with clients with a range of difficulties. My focus is now my own private practice which, due to Covid-19, is via video link or phone only.
My academic and professional qualifications are:
- BSc (Hons)Psychology (University of Plymouth)
- Diploma in Social Work (University of Exeter)
- MA in Social Work Studies (University of Exeter)
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Social Work (University of Bournemouth)
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Institute)
- Diploma in Supervision (Dartmoor Centre for Counselling)
- I have also completed further post qualifying training , (which is ongoing) in:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Domestic Violence/Abuse/Coercive Control
Working with Trauma - various
Transactional Analysis 101
Person-Centred Counselling for Depression
The Boarding School Experience
Diploma in Supervision (Advanced Specialist Training (NCS)
Certificate Couples Counselling
Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (NICE Approved therapy for Depression)
I am committed to my own on-going continuous professional development, and have regular professional supervision.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- £40 per session for individuals
- £55 per session for couples
- £25 for Initial Consultation
I am also able to offer some concessions to students and those who are unwaged or on a low income - please enquire.