I am a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor and registered member of the BACP working in Rochford, Essex, near to Southend airport. I work with adults, couples and young people.
Life can sometimes feel like a choppy sea, with waves of emotion washing over us. Perhaps you are feeling anxious or sad at present. Maybe you are depressed or angry. This may relate to your relationships or work, or perhaps you are uncertain why you feel as you do. At times, you may even feel unsure what you are feeling, but just that you don't feel 'right.'
On occasion, we can all struggle to cope or feel overwhelmed with things that are happening to us, we can even dislike ourselves or our behaviour.
I offer a safe, comfortable and secure space for you to talk about your difficulties and how they are affecting you. I work compassionately, with respect and empathy. Experience has informed me that being heard and understood by someone who is trained to do so can help to ride out the storm, restoring an inner feeling of calm.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma HE in Integral Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction) BACP accredited -Anglia Ruskin University
- Diploma in Trauma Therapy - NAOS Institute
- Certificate HE in Counselling (Distinction) - Anglia Ruskin University
Counselling Skills - Anglia Ruskin University
- Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills - WPF Chelmsford Counselling Foundation
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor
As well as private practice, I work as a Counselling Manager at charity in Essex. Additionally, I have worked at a substance misuse agency in Southend and a private practice in Maldon, Essex. Previously, I worked for many years in the public sector, gaining an LLB (Hons) in Law and working as an advocate in the Criminal Appeal Court. I was also employed in the welfare department of the Metropolitan Police Service and subsequently worked as a staff welfare officer in the Court Service.
I have considerable experience in working with mental health issues, specialising in this area whilst working for a local authority as a homeless families officer and for a leading housing association.
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
From £35 per session (a session last for 50 mins)
From £45 per session (a session lasts for 1hr)
I do offer some concessionary places, so please ask about this if it means you can access the help you need.
As an integrative counsellor, I draw on a range of therapeutic models and approaches. These include person-centred, psychodynamic, CBT and integral therapy. I also use therapeutic imagery and other creative approaches, such as painting and drawing. These approaches can feel a little easier than talking and can improve and enhance wellbeing. You may wish to try some of these ways of working, as they are also very useful in exploring and developing further insight and understanding.
By working integratively, I am able to use the most suitable approaches to adapt to your changing needs and requirements. For me, the most important thing is our therapeutic relationship. Research has shown this proves to be the deciding factor in effective and successful therapy.
I hope in our initial meeting you will feel able to speak candidly about what brought you to counselling, and what your hopes and expectations are. Furthermore, I hope you will feel free to ask any questions you may have. I offer both short-term and open-ended counselling. Should we agree to work together, we can explore what suits you and work at your pace.