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Dip Couns. MBACP

About me

Sometimes we may feel a bit stuck in life, like something needs to change but we can’t yet see how. Talking can help unravel what’s on your mind and figure out where you would like to go next.

I aim to provide a safe space for you to talk about the things that are difficult and may be holding you back. I will listen without giving advice or judgement to allow you to explore your thoughts and feelings and hopefully to find your way forward. I believe the relationship is key in counselling and I use a variety of tools to create an individual approach for you.  I offer both short-term and long-term counselling according to your needs which we can discuss together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Counselling Practice and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). My training was mainly focused on the psychodynamic approach to therapy, looking at how our past influences us in ways we may not be fully aware. I also have a grounding in humanistic and CBT approaches and have done additional training to work with people who have experienced trauma.  I’m particularly interested in developments in the field of neurobiology and applying this to help people understand their experiences and symptoms.

I have experience working with a number of local mental health charities and have worked with a range of different presenting issues including anxiety, depression and bereavement. I have a particular interest in working with people who have a caring role including mothers and fathers experiencing challenges around the perinatal period. I have also worked with small groups to teach tools such as breathing techniques and dealing with negative thoughts to help people manage their wellbeing.

I undertake regular continuing professional development to enhance my practice.

Member organisations

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

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

The initial consultation fee is £45.  Session fees are £45 for 50 minutes. I offer some concessionary places for students and those on low income, please ask for details.

When I work

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Further information

Finding the right fit for therapy is key.  Before beginning therapy we would have an initial meeting to discuss your hopes for counselling and explore whether we could work together.

Reach, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

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