I am a sensitive, thoughtful and experienced counsellor registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My practice originates from a psychodynamic perspective, which explores your relationship with yourself, others and the world you live in.
Could you benefit from a place to take time-out to explore the thoughts, feelings and issues that are troubling you, in a confidential and comfortable setting? If so, counselling may be right for you.
Why choose counselling?
Modern life can be complicated and is often stressful, leaving many people with a sense of loss of meaning in their lives. People may feel they have no-one they can talk to, and even those with supportive family and friends may have difficulty talking to them about personal, family or relationship concerns and find it easier to talk to a professionally trained counsellor.
I offer a safe and protective space where we can work together to help you explore your feelings and feel less overwhelmed with life’s obstacles. This is to help you build on your strengths, be more able to manage your emotions and make decisions that are right for you.
You may have a specific problem which you are struggling with, e.g. bereavement or relationship issues, or there may be less specific or easily-identified causes contributing to painful and troubling feelings such as anxiety, depression or helplessness.
People who have spent much of their lives worrying about others find counselling provides an opportunity to start looking after themselves in a private, contained space.
Starting your counselling journey
- We begin with an initial meeting, sometimes known as an assessment, which allows us to get to know each other and talk about your concerns and what is troubling you. You can call me on 07842 343390 or email me to set up your initial meeting.
- This initial meeting lasts for approximately one hour and allows us to consider whether this type of counselling is best suited to your needs. Attending an assessment places you under no obligation to attend further sessions. Whilst I am an experienced counsellor there maybe circumstances where we both feel that you need to be referred to another agency, and I will assist you in this process. All communication between us will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
- Counselling can be a profoundly self-changing experience but it can feel challenging to start. This session gives you a feel for what to expect and will allow us to agree a set time and day to meet each week.
- I provide both short term and opened end counselling to individuals over the age of 17 from any race, cultural background or sexual orientation.
- I comply with the BACP ethical and legal guidelines which includes undertaking regular supervision to ensure a good standard of care for my clients and a commitment to ongoing continued professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling.
- Diploma in Counselling
- BACP registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psycholtherapy
- Trained facilitator for the Freedom Programme
- Trained Motivational Interviewer.
- National Fertility Society Advanced Specialist Fertility Counselling Diploma
I have a wide range of experience which includes working with Addiction, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Chronic Illness, Anxiety, Family, Fertility and Parenting difficulties, Depression, and Relationship problems.
As well as working privately I work as a counsellor for an Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service and have previously worked in a Women’s Centre. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical and legal guidelines and this includes a commitment to regular, ongoing supervision to maintain a good quality of care for my clients. I am also committed to professional development to support me in working with a diverse client base.
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
£50.00 per session
Sessions are booked at a set time and day each week and last 50 minutes.
We can meet face-to-face or online.
Mon-Fri daytime and evening, and Sunday in Stanstead Abbotts Ware, Herts or online.
My counselling practice
I share a counselling practice in Stanstead Abbotts which is within easy reach of Ware, Hertford, Broxbourne, Great Amwell, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Harlow, Roydon.
It is a five minute walk from St Margaret's overground Station (Liverpool Street to Hertford East line). There is ample parking available. I also offer online sessions.
I have a background in the voluntary sector, private and NHS services. I adhere to the BACP ethical and legal guidelines and my experience includes working with depression, anxiety, difficulties with relationships, adultery, family and parenting issues, chronic illness, domestic and child abuse, bereavement, eating disorders and addiction.
Sometimes clients come at a time of extreme crisis, and others when they feel the time is right to address long-standing concerns.
I aim to help you to understand and be more aware of yourself, to explore your deep seated and often unconscious emotions. We are unique individuals and we have different needs in terms of counselling;I offer a safe and confidential space to help you find more meaning, choices and personal awareness in your life and relationships.