Life events and experiences can be unpredictable, overwhelming and traumatic at times which can often leave us feeling anxious, angry, depressed, suicidal and alone. I offer a therapeutic space in which to help you work through your difficulties and to process what can often be experienced as very challenging, unmanageable and painful feelings.
I am an experienced, qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer therapeutic counselling to both adults and young people facing a wide range of presenting emotional difficulties.
I have an integrative approach, with my roots based primarily in person centred and psychodynamic therapies. Person centred therapy aims to help individuals to develop their potential by offering a compassionate and non-judgemental relationship. Psychodynamic counselling offers a helpful insight into how past experiences need to be resolved before you can live more fully in the present.
I am passionate about counselling and I feel that my empathic nature, unconditional positive regard for others and authenticity creates a warm, welcoming and trusting foundation on which to build a safe, reparative and therapeutic relationship with every client. Where trust and acceptance facilitates opportunity for personal growth and change allowing emotions from the past and present to surface without fear of judgement or criticism.
During therapy, we work together, over a period of time, to untangle the complications that traumatic life experiences cause, with the aim of you feeling more freedom and less emotional burden. I will help you understand yourself and your relationships better by helping you to explore, reflect upon and process your difficult thoughts and feelings.
I work alongside you, at your pace, with the intention of helping you to reach a greater self-awareness and discover the solutions which are right for you. I will not tell you what to do or offer advice as I believe that you are the expert in your own life.
In addition to my private practice, I am a Peripatetic Counsellor with TIC+, a Gloucestershire based charity offering counselling to children and young people aged 9-21 years.
I have an enhanced CRB and professional liability insurance.
I see clients at a comfortable therapy room in Coleford, with plenty of free parking. The counselling I offer can be either time limited, or open ended, to be discussed in the initial session and guided by what is best for you. Sessions usually take place weekly but I am happy to remain flexible to accommodate those with busy lives or who feel that weekly sessions aren't for them.
During an initial assessment session, we can explore what has brought you to therapy and your goals for counselling. This will also enable us to see if we feel comfortable working together. There is no obligation beyond this session to continue.
For further information or to make an appointment please contact me on 07423 293157. If I am unavailable to take your call, please leave your name, number and a brief message, and I will aim to get back to you within 2 working days.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with various agencies, including Children and Families Services and Change Grow Live (Drug and Alcohol service).
- Post Qualification Diploma in counselling children & adolescents.
- Diploma in therapeutic counselling
- Certificate in counselling skills
- Certificate in Counselling studies
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation so give me a call - It's a really good way for you to see if I am the right person for you, and for me to hear a bit about you and how we can work together.
£40 for initial assessment session (50-minute session)
£40 for individual face to face counselling sessions (50-minute session)
I am committed to supporting counsellors in training requiring compulsory session and am happy to offer a special student rate of £35 per session. (50 – minute session)
I accept cash or electronic transfer. I'm sorry but I cannot accept cheque or card payments.
Concessions offered for
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination". Carl Rogers.
"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength" Sigmund Freud
"Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It’s the fear that we’re not good enough" Brene Brown
"I've really valued my counselling sessions, being able to trust someone enough to speak about things that i cant share with anyone else has been a massive help. Thank you for treating me with compassion and never making me feel i was being judged" - A
"I have been able to off load a considerable quantity of emotional stuff that has been with me for decades" - S
"Thank you for everything" - L