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Why Come for Counselling?
We all find our lives hard going at times . 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 carve out a weekly space in which to talk things through with a qualified Counsellor/ Psychotherapist.
The toll taken on our mental health and well-being by the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic has been well publicised. Perhaps you have been negatively impacted in this way , and may be experiencing either new emotional difficulties or your existing struggles have been exacerbated through recent experiences of lockdown etc . As we are now emerging from restrictions and trying to adjust to our 'new normal' , this may also be throwing up fresh challenges and anxieties .
I provide a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment for expressing and working 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 . This will help you understand yourself better, make more sense of your life, and allow discovery of your inner resources. The process will enable you to feel more 'in charge' of yourself, create options for you and will empower you to move forward with your life.
I offer one-to-one counselling sessions for adult clients (18+) on a range of issues including stress, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem and relationship issues. See the end of the page for more information . All sessions are currently being offered online although I hope to return to face to face working by the end of the year.
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. 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.
- 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.
BACP Membership Registration number: 384111
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
Spiritual / Religious Issues
£45.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Introductory Zoom video call ( 10-20 mins) - free
Initial Assessment Appointment: £35
Individual Counselling Sessions : £45 each
I usually have appointments available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.30am-7pm and on Thursdays between 12-3pm.
At the moment I am offering Counselling sessions via Zoom online video conferencing.
From the end of September I hope to return to face to face working , whilst continuing to offer online sessions via Zoom for those clients who prefer this .