I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and currently see clients at my home in Bridport. I can also offer telephone or on-line counselling during to anyone who is self-isolating or who would prefer to work this way.
Being an integrative counsellor means that I work with more than one theoretical model and I can be flexible, drawing on the ideas and techniques that will be most helpful for each individual. For instance, I may ask you to draw or write something if it seems appropriate to, as I believe creativity can give us new ways in to seeing things.
I listen carefully to my clients, and will respond to whatever you tell me in a non-judgmental way, with warmth and empathy. Through a process of reflection and enquiry we will work together to develop insight and understanding, based on trust, honesty and acceptance.
This could help you to work through difficult feelings, make major decisions or life choices, or lead a greater sense of personal ease and empowerment.
During my training I worked for two years as a volunteer counsellor for Counselling for Carers, part of the charity Action East Devon.
In the past I also trained with the Samaritans and worked for them as a volunteer.
I have worked in therapeutic communities and have trained in mental health, group work and art therapy. I have a particular interest in relationships, in sexual and emotional abuse, domestic violence and coercive control; and in issues affecting adopted or fostered children, and their families.
I have a humanistic perspective which is rooted in my core personal and spiritual beliefs, and I have a deep concern for the well-being of each of us as human beings.
Counselling takes place in a safe, private space and always in accordance with the guidance on good practice as laid out in the BACP Ethical Framework.
You are welcome to telephone me, or to come for an initial thirty minute session at a reduced rate, to find out more about whether I am going to be the right counsellor to help you at this time.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, BACP accredited, The Iron Mill College.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, Central School for Counselling and Therapy.
- Certificate in Counselling Theory, Central School for Counselling and Therapy.
- Volunteer Counsellor with Counselling for Carers, Action East Devon.
- Trained and worked as a volunteer with the Samaritans.
- Team member in therapeutic community run by Hounslow Social Services, 1987-89
- Deputy Officer in Charge, Mental After Care Association, Maida Vale, 1989-1990
- Team member at Hove Families Project, a residential drug rehabilitation centre run by Phoenix House, 1990-1994
- Extensive experience of working with mental health issues, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation, in the above therapeutic communities - many short training courses relating to this work.
- Short training with Relate in couples counselling.
- Experience of issues affecting adopted people and adoptive parents.
- Certificate in Mediation Skills.
- Art Therapy Foundation Course, Goldsmiths College, London.
- Counselling with Risk of Suicide training 2017
- Domestic Violence training 2017
- Training courses in Trauma and Attachment Theory 2018/2019
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I am happy to negotiate reduced fees in cases of genuine financial hardship.
When I work
Other times may be possible by negotiation.