I’m a fully accredited therapeutic counsellor, dually qualified to work with adults and children. I provide a safe, private place where you can explore the issues that are troubling you, make sense of them and find a way forward.
I offer face to face and video conferencing for long term counselling as well as short term work of 6 to 12 sessions.
I’m experienced in counselling adults, young people and children (from age 3 up) for support with a range of issues (scroll down for examples). I tailor my approach to suit you:
My foundation training is in using a variety of ‘talking’ approaches, so I've called my practice “Talking Journeys”. I offer the opportunity to walk together, talk together and explore together in the secure and confidential environment of the counselling room.
However, for those struggling to put things into words or who want the opportunity to use creativity, I work with a sand tray, miniatures, stones, clay, and other art materials.
With Covid 19 affecting us all, I am able to offer flexible sessions times to those who are elderly and/or being shielded, front line and key workers, those self isolating and/or working from home using video conferencing.
Children and young people require specialist approaches and you will find more information about this on my website (www.talkingjourneys.co.uk). I have undertaken further training in adoption issues and I often work with Hampshire and other County councils to support fostering and adoption, helping families struggling with the challenges they face.
Anxiety, panic and depression can affect any of us. Relationships and families can become strained and problematic. We may be in a dark place of hopelessness and desperation with little, if any, appetite for work, relationships or life. The future may seem bleak and life itself may feel too sad and painful to carry on with. We may be in a turmoil of terrifying or worrying thoughts, with uncomfortable physical symptoms that affect our ability to function and concentrate. Sometimes there’s a mix of both anxiety and depression and we find that life is spinning out of our reach and seemingly out of control.
What often helps most is the warm and accepting presence I offer, as someone who is alongside you in your difficulties and searching. I can reflect with you on what matters most to you, making sense of your experiences past and present and exploring ways of coping for the future.
Using the arts can be very helpful for expressing feelings that are overwhelming and scary, or if you are feeling numb and unsure what is going on for you. I provide these as an additional resource for you. The choice will always lie with you and what you feel will be best to support you.
Difficulties and conflict between family members can feel impossible to manage. Carefully devised therapeutic play sessions can rebuild confidence and closeness. I'm also trained and accredited in Video interaction Guidance to help build on relationship strengths and find solutions to these difficult issues. See my article on this approach: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellor-articles/video-interaction-guidance-to-support-parent-child-relationships.
With my nursing background, I’m familiar with medical details and I have experience in counselling those with poor health and disabilities. Regrettably, at present, I cannot provide wheelchair access. However, I am providing therapy through video conferencing using secure and confidential media. This means that we can meet virtually to enable you to access the support you need from within the comfort of your own home. Contact me to find out how this might work for you.
I also have a particular concern for you if you are a carer and need to find space for your own thoughts, feelings, needs and life.
It’s really important to find the right counsellor so we have an initial consultation session first to decide what you require and you have the chance to ask any questions you have about counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and approach:
I work integratively using Psychodynamic, Existential and Person Centred approaches. I draw on Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques too.
I’m trained by the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London and have adapted creative approaches for adults, children and teenagers. See my website for my ways of working with children.
I'm an accredited practitioner in Video Interaction Guidance; a very effective intervention for improving relationships particularly in parent and child therapy and in the workplace.
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Farnborough College of Technology).
Diploma in Child Counselling (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London).
Certificate in using Counselling Skills with Children using the Arts (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London).
Tavistock and Portman training: Families and Beyond: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking
The Fundamentals for Working with Adoption, training given by Raphael Lopez de Soto who is an Adoption and LAC Specialist Psychotherapist.
Certificate in Christian Counselling (Central Counselling and Training Services, Southampton).
Bsc (Hons) Nursing studies (University of Surrey).
Certificate in Sick Children’s Nursing (University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust).
Certificate in Health and Social Care (NOCN).
I have many years' experience of counselling adults, young people and children with a wide range of issues within local counselling agencies and privately. I've also worked with adolescents in a young people's agency, a local college and privately.
I am an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. See http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk for details.
I counsel children and young people of various ages within local schools, as well as privately, using arts, creative and play-based approaches. I work with adopted children and parents, often referred by county councils.
When working with families I use therapeutic play sessions to support relationships within the family.
I also use Video Interaction Guidance, an approach that builds on your strengths and resources, enabling more satisfying family life and effective communication in the workplace.
I have also supported adults and adolescents who find themselves homeless within a hostel based locally. This gives me unique experience of the very difficult life circumstances that affect individuals and families, be that domestic violence, relationship breakdown, mental health problems, offending behaviour, substance misuse and alcohol dependency, housing or work issues.
I have extensive nursing experience in the general and paediatric fields.
I have an online Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate produced by the Government for checking criminal records.
My professional membership:
I’m accredited and registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I’m an accredited practitioner with Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Isolation and loneliness
Personal growth and development
Parent child therapy (filial therapy)
Students training in Counselling
Medical issues and diseases
Counselling using creative media
Video Interaction Guidance for improved relationships
From £50.00 to £55.00
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Sessions cost £50 and are 50 minutes long for adults and £55 for children and young people under 18 and are 45 minutes. We will arrange sessions weekly at a time that suits you. I have some availability to offer concessional rates.
Initial consultation sessions are free.
I use video calls for online counselling with a similar fee structure.
Daytime and evening weekday appointments. Easily accessible from M3 and very frequent bus service directly from railway station. I also offer Video conferencing using Zoom for example.
Feel free to look at my website www.talkingjourneys.co.uk, email me using the email icon or leave a voicemail for me on 07923326651.
I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you,