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BA(Hons) MBACP. Counsellor & Psychotherapist in South Bucks

About me

Hello, and welcome to my profile page.

Why Come for Counselling?

Life can feel really hard going at times, and we may find ourselves struggling to cope . Events and experiences challenge and cause us distress so we may be left feeling upset and uncertain, ill at ease or stuck, unsure how to move forward or find relief. At such times it can be really helpful to talk things through with a qualified Counsellor.

The global pandemic has taken its toll on the mental and emotional health of so many of us . Perhaps you have particularly felt its impact on your life , and may be experiencing new difficulties,  or may feel your existing struggles have become magnified . Even as we have emerged from many restrictions in the UK , life is not quite what it was and uncertainties remain . This may also be throwing up fresh challenges and anxieties for you. 

I will provide for you a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment where you can express and work through your difficulties, with time and space for you to process your thoughts and feelings, and explore your relationships with others and with your self . The opportunity to be truly seen and heard in this way can be profoundly healing . You will gain a better understanding of yourself and your motivations, which in turn will enable you to make more sense of your life. The process will empower you to feel more 'in charge' of yourself and your world , creating options for you so that you can move forward.

I offer one-to-one counselling sessions for individual adult clients (18+) on a range of issues including stress, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and relationship issues.  I can offer you sessions online , working via Zoom or face-to-face , or in person sessions at a venue in the SL9 area .  

Taking the Next Step

If you would like to enquire about or arrange some counselling sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone , text , or email using the details on this page. I will then get in touch with you to offer you a free 15-20 minute Zoom video call to discuss briefly what is prompting you to seek counselling & answer any immediate questions you have.

 After this - if you are happy to - we can make an appointment for an 'Initial Assessment' which will go through your issues in more detail, and give an opportunity to see if we are the right 'fit' for working together.

Following this, we can arrange a number of weekly sessions for you. From time to time our work can be reviewed and either extended or brought to an agreed ending as desired.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Training and Approach to Counselling

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. This means I am trained in and can draw from a range of established therapeutic approaches in my way of working, able to adapt to what may best suit you and your issues. These approaches include, for example, aspects of psycho-dynamic and person centred modalities, as well as working with awareness of what we 'carry' in our physical bodies. Having trained in theology I am also comfortable discussing spiritual issues and existential questions of meaning.  I use a relational model to draw together and integrate aspects of these and other approaches into my way of working.

I am trained to Degree level (Level 6) in Counselling theory and practice, and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists ("BACP"). This means I am both recognised as a counselling practitioner by BACP and that I abide by BACP's Ethical Framework for good practice, including undertaking regular clinical Supervision.

I have previously worked with clients at Rema Counselling Agency , a low cost, BACP accredited Counselling Service based in Watford.

In an earlier part of my life, I qualified and practised as a Solicitor, working for 10 years both in private practice in London and in Local Government.

Formal Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Degree in Theology and Counselling: London School of Theology, Middlesex University - A BACP accredited training programme.
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Skills, Amersham and Wycombe College Awarding Body Consortium Level 3.
  • I undertake regular ongoing training (CPD - Continuing Professional Development, minimum 30 hours per annum) to refresh and enhance my skills and knowledge.
  • BA (Hons) Law: Cambridge University.

Professional Membership

BACP Membership Registration number: 384111

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Spiritual / Religious Issues

Christianity

Christian Faith

Photos & videos

Fees

From £45.00 to £48.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Introductory Zoom video call ( 10-20 mins) - free

Initial Assessment Appointment: £40 

Individual Counselling Sessions : £45 each for online Zoom sessions

Individual Counselling Sessions : £48 each for in person, face to face sessions

When I work

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I usually have appointments available on Tuesdays (online) and Wednesdays (in person) 11am-7pm

Gerrards Cross, SL9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Zoom