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 the current Coronavirus pandemic to anyone who is self-isolating or who would prefer to work this way.
I offer a free half-hour initial consultation so that you can find out more about whether I am going to be the right counsellor to help you at this time.
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 also have experience working with people who have difficulties with drugs or alcohol.
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. I believe that I bring to my work an understanding and wisdom gained through age and life experience.
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.
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 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
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£36.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Concessionary rates by negotiation
Other times may be possible by negotiation.