I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, and specialise in working with children and young people, working primarily with 10 - 25 year olds. I have worked with young people for over 20 years, now as an experienced counsellor and prior to this in a variety of roles, working within health, education and social care.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental and safe space for young people to explore their feelings and difficult experiences, recognise and change unhealthy behaviours and thought patterns and grow in self-confidence.
My integrative practice means that I draw on a range of therapeutic techniques to help me tailor the best approach and meet the needs of each young person I meet.
Building a strong and nurturing therapeutic relationship is central to my work. I have found that when young people feel heard and understood they are better able to understand themselves and implement positive changes in their lives.
I am able to provide counselling via video-call and e-mail.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Bsc (Hons) Psychology with Health
- MEd Psychology of Education
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Foundation in Art Therapy
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
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
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
Free initial telephone or online session
I offer a free initial consultation via video-call or telephone.
Typically I will have an initial consultation with a child or young person's parent or primary carer. We can discuss whether it is appropriate for the child to be present for this, but with older children and teenagers it usually is. Young people in their late teens may wish to attend an initial consultation without a parent or carer present - this is usually appropriate. These consultations are an informal opportunity for you to get to know me and for me to understand more about what you need and would like support with.
When I work
We can discuss availability during our initial consultation.
I abide by the BACP ethical principles and code of professional conduct. I hold full professional indemnity insurance and an up to date enhanced DBS. I attend regular clinical supervision and participate in continual professional development
Many counsellors have transitioned to online counselling due to COVID. Speaking to someone over a video-call rather than face-to-face may seem impersonal and strange at first for some people, but I have had great success in online counselling both personally and professionally with clients.
Research has shown online counselling to be as effective as face-to-face counselling and sometimes even more so. For some of us, it can be easier to open up to another online rather than in person. Individuals with anxiety, especially social anxiety may also prefer online therapy. All you need to start is internet access, a safe confidential place to speak from each week, a phone, tablet or laptop with webcam facility. If it sounds daunting, do not worry I can talk you through everything so that we create a user friendly environment for you and your sessions.