I have been working as a qualified counsellor for 18 years. I believe in counselling and the benefits it can have for you and your relationships. Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk to someone like me in confidence, who has no other role in your life. Sometimes family and friends find it hard to listen to their loved ones talking about their emotional pain.They often want to take away the pain and give advice. Or you might find it impossible to know who to talk to or who you can trust. As your counsellor I will listen to you, and support you with your very painful and difficult thoughts and feelings. It could really help improve your quality of life.
Disabled access and parking available at St Michaels Centre BS34 8PD
TESTIMONIALS (these are taken from cards and emails my clients have given me over the years, with permission to share.)
"I am not really sure how to Thankyou as any words I use will not express how you have helped me. Thankyou for listening"
"What an amazing person you are you have seen me through the most difficult time of my life, thankyou so much."
After a first session a client emailed me, "Last night was really helpful, and I came away feeing like a weight had been lifted, thankyou for listening."
"I'm glad I found the right person to talk to, thankyou for your expertise in helping me on the way to recovery, I thought I'd never feel happy again."
"You have helped me to change my life."
I am a very experienced Bereavement counsellor.I worked for Cruse Bereavement Care for 10 years with individuals and groups. Long term and short term work.
When someone close to you dies you may experience a deep sense of loss leading to feelings of sadness, Anger, guilt, Anxiety, Depression and other related feelings. It is also common to have difficulties with eating, sleeping, poor concentration, headaches and other physical symptoms. These emotions and physical symptoms can sometimes be overwhelming and make everyday living difficult. These symptoms are a normal reaction to grief however if they persist for a time it can be helpful to talk things over with someone outside your family or social circle.
I began training as a counsellor because as a nurse I didn't have enough time to give the emotional support I felt was needed to my patients and their families at very difficult and distressing times. When I worked in Accident and Emergency I found myself wondering what happened to the bereaved and traumatised patients family and friends. Counselling has helped me with my own bereavements. I really enjoy the work I do and being able to offer the emotional support that we all need at certain times in our lives.
How do you contact me?
You can send me an email or call me both are confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualified 2002 with Post-graduate Diploma in Professional studies, Counselling from The University of the West of England.
Accredited Cruse Bereavement Counsellor for 10 years working with individuals and groups.
MBACP (Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) I work with in their framework of codes and ethics.
2015 2 day Trauma and PTSD training by Babette Rothschild.
1 day training Trauma and the Body Somatisation and Dissociation with PODS
RGN (Trained and served in the Regular British Army 1988-1993)
I have 18 years experience including private practice and 10 years working for Cruse Bereavement.
I have run support groups for nurses in the NHS.
I have 25 years of nursing training and working in the Regular British Army for 5 years which included 6 months at war during the Gulf conflict 1990/1991.
20 years experience nursing in the NHS has given me a wide experience of working with people with many issues including trauma both psychological and physical, chronic and acute illness, sudden death, addiction, self harm, domestic abuse, abortion and miscarriage to name a few.
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
I charge £50.00 per 50 minute session.
Some concessions are available to make counselling more accessible for you please feel free to ask.
I have evening and day sessions available and work at Fulcrum House.
I am a member of BPA ( Bristol Psychotherapy Association) attending monthly talks and teaching of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Which along with my other courses and workshops which makes up my CPD (Continual Professional Development) keeps me up to date and informed and continually improving my work as a counsellor.