Whether you have heard the call in yourself or someone you know has recommended it, you have found yourself here and looking at my page. I want to welcome you and assure you that from this moment, you are not alone. We can walk together through whatever feelings have brought you to therapy and look at how we might ease the sting of what may currently feel confusing, distressing or overwhelming.
Everybody goes through difficulties in life and I believe therapy can help you feel more supported in those times. For me, therapy is about working together in a non-judgemental, grounded and open way to create an environment in which you feel safe enough to explore what it is that is getting in the way of you leading a contented and fulfilled life. My training along with my own personal and professional experience, have taught me just how valuable this journey can be and I hope to provide that same opportunity for you based on your unique personality and experiences.
I am committed to nurturing change and while the work may not always be easy, I believe it will ultimately be helpful and even life changing. I endeavour to be as real and open as I can, whilst also bringing the knowledge and skills from my training, to provide insight and alternative ways of approaching the issues you bring.
Sometimes words don't seem to be quite right so at times like these, we can work creatively to explore something you are struggling with. This could include making art, working with figures, or images from around the room, telling a story, moving outside, singing, writing or anything else that feels like it could help. Please note, this would be lead by you and I would never make someone work in a way that would not feel comfortable for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton, for which I gained a distinction. The training was thorough and in depth and covered many Humanistic approaches, such as Person-Centered Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy and Existential Therapy.
I believe it is of utmost importance to continue to develop and grow as a therapist, which is why I will always seek out additional training. I have expanded my knowledge and experience with various training such as:
Focusing Orientated Therapy.
Working with disordered eating.
Adlerian Family Counselling
and many others.
Whilst I refrain from buying into labels as I believe that everyone is unique and individual, it may be of interest to know that I have experience of working with themes such as:
- drug and alcohol addiction
- parenting issues
- relationship breakdowns
- HIV and AIDS
- family dynamics
- anger management
- low self-esteem and confidence issues
- sex and intimacy
- birth and post natal period
- gender and gender identification
- premenstrual difficulties, such as PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) and PME (Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders)
- disordered eating.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As I am also a trained birth and post-natal doula, I am interested in new parents and this time of great transition and change. I can work with you through this significant adjustment in your life, the euphoric highs and the challenging times when things can feel a bit overwhelming.
Sessions and fees.
It is vital to the therapeutic process that you feel comfortable with whichever therapist you choose. It is for this reason that I offer a free 30 minute chat either over the phone or face-to-face, in which we can discuss what you want and we can see how it feels to talk together.
After this should you choose to start therapy with me, my fees are £50 per session. Sessions are generally 60 minutes long and usually take place at the same time every week. Counselling can be long term and open ended or focused for a set amount of time. All this and more can be discussed when we meet.
I am also able to provide a limited number of lower cost spaces for those on low income or student counsellors. Please contact me for more information on availability.
If you would like to book a meeting or have any questions about counselling please feel free to call me confidentially on 07784 171 285.
Alternatively you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org