MNCS (acc), reg MBACP, MGHT Counsellor, Supervisor, Therapist
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What I can offer you;
I provide a service offering a range of therapeutic options to suit you as an individual or couple.
Whether that is for Anxiety and panic disorders, Depression, Low mood, Stress, Low self-esteem, Low Confidence, Addictions, Family and/or relationship issues, separation and divorce, Bereavement, struggling to accept change, postnatal depression, abuse, Addictions or what ever the challenge is that is driving you to seek counselling together we can find the right help for you.
By offering a safe, confidential, professional and non judgmental environment, I believe we can find a way forward for you.
I'm an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a ; which basically means I've been through extensive, formal and recognised training.
Although I mainly work from a person centered approach and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I have training in several other approaches and therefore adapt the way I work to meet what ever your needs may be as I believe there is no one therapy fits all approach, So I offer a free consultation with this in mind.
I feel it is important to continue to personally develop the way I work and my understanding of new and already established theories so that I can continue to offer a versatile and fresh counselling service which includes;
- One to one counselling.
- Online and telephone counselling
- A self Help fun coffee Morning
- Workshops and Groups
- counselling Supervision
- Indian Head Massage
- Seat Acupressure Massage
- Bach Flower Remedies
My practice's premises are conveniently situated close to the centre of Taunton, Somerset and are comfortable and discrete. They have disabled access if necessary or if you'd prefer home visits this can be arranged.
I'm a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working towards accreditation.
I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society.
I have also completed an assessment to be placed on the BACP accredited Voluntary Counselling register no. 050666
I am the founder of a cost price service 'Bellis Daisy' in Taunton (find out more on my website).
Why did I became a counsellor?
Honestly, I became a counsellor somewhat by accident; after a varied career of being a barmaid, shop sales assistant, pre-school assistant among many jobs and volunteering in various roles for St John Ambulance I've always felt that everyone has the right to be heard no matter what their circumstances are or how their lives have turned out - so far!
I'd always wanted a career where I can interact with and help people on a daily basis with an idealisation of perhaps becoming a nurse or working within alternative medicines (homeopathy, reflexology, aromatherapy), but I chose to be a forces wife and so therefore put my career opportunities on hold for the luxury of living abroad and having my beautiful children.
After experiencing a few life events and relocating back to Somerset, I decided it was time to start on my career journey and by chance in 2008 with a last minute opportunity I started a counselling skills course - and very quickly realised that I felt really comfortable and could see a challenging yet happy career ahead of me - and I've loved every minute of my journey so far - not only because It's given me the time to take a good look at myself and iron out a few issues along the way and also to realise how therapy can be beneficial to not only large life changing trauma's but how by even looking at the smallest of niggles can have a big positive impact on your life and those around you. but ultimately because I've met so many wonderful people and been able to build relationships with them and have been privileged to see them grow from within.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory and Skills.
KRCS Level 7 NCS Accredited Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision
KRCS Level 7 Accredited by Gloucester University Post Graduate certificate in Counselling Supervision
NLP Vision Practitioners Hypnotherapy Training
NLP Vision Practitioners NLP coaching
Gateway workshops Certificate in Teaching Meditation.
Reiki practitioners course.
Diploma in Indian Head massage
Diploma in Seated Acupressure Massage
Diploma in Bach Flower Remedies
The Rewind Technique (for Trauma and phobias)
Level 3 Award in Education and Training
I hold a full first Aid certificate with St John Ambulance.
Positive Behaviour Management
Alcohol Brief interventions for Adolescents
Adolescent Development and Substance Misuse
Domestic Abuse (MARAC)
Young people and Dual Diagnosis
Motivational Enhancement Therapy training.
Motivational Interviewing Technique.
Mental Health First Aid Certificate. (MHFA)
Emotional Coping Skills
ASIST trained (Applied Suicide Intervention)
Children and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding training
Positive Behavioural Management
Introduction to Change skills
Suicide and self harm training
Emergency First Aid in the Work place
Adolescent Development in Substance Misuse
Brief Alcohol interventions with Young People
Soul and Sand-trays with counselling Supervision
Domestic Violence Training Adults and Young People
Volatile Substances Misuse
Other Counselling Experience;
As well as my private practice; I have worked as a volunteer counsellor at a Drug and Alcohol residential rehabilitation centre working with the clients on a one to one basis, supporting their everyday needs and working with them within a group therapy setting.
There I received lots of support and in house training as well as professional training on substance misuse, mental health and the complexities of Addictive personality disorder as well as gaining much insight into addiction and it's affects.
I currently work part time as a Recovery worker for Turning Point which is an agency that supports people to overcome problems surrounding substance misuse whilst living in the community. Within this role I am the office lead for young people transitioning into our adult services and the office lead for people accessing help with Talking Therapies. I have previously been a volunteer counsellor for the service.
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
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
Health Anxiety/Hypochondriasis, communication difficulties, Panic attacks,
Counselling and clinical Supervision available, please visit my website to find out more.
Holistic therapies such as; Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Seated Acupressure Massage
Bach Flower remedies - Alternative therapy for mental health, which can also be a compliment to existing medications.
From £30.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
First Session is free.
One to one Counselling (1 hour sessions) = £40
Couples Counselling = £50
Telephone and Online (Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Teams, Facetime) one to one sessions = £40
Student and low income rates available (please contact me as spaces are limited)
Hypnotherapy, Holistic Therapy and coaching sessions are also available - please see my website for more information.
Shorter or longer sessions are available upon request where appropriate.
On Your Mind - Self Help coffee morning Group is £3 per meeting to cover costs (www.on-your-mind.co.uk)
Counselling and Clinical Supervision is also available, face to face, via telephone or Video. see website for details.
When I work
Monday 3.30pm - 6pm, Tuesday 8.30am - 9pm, Wednesday Self Help Group 10am - 11am, Thursday 8.30am - 9pm, Friday 3.30pm - 9pm other times may be available where possible.
My Practice is within walking distance from Taunton bus station and the town centre. It is also close to several public car parks.
The First counselling session is free where we can meet and get to know each other.
I offer concessions to those on low income/benefits and Student Counsellors.
There is disabled access to my room.
People with hearing difficulties, I'm not trained in sign language but I have worked with people who have hearing aids, hearing loops or lip read.
For more information please visit my website or feel free to contact me.