On our journey through life, we can become lost and caught up in negative thoughts and feelings. This will often impact other aspects of our life such as our relationships at work and home and can lead to anxiety, depression or low self-esteem.
Counselling can help us to identify and examine areas in our life that cause distress and helps to facilitate insights into the core of our thinking, our self belief, our behaviour and the imposed limitations to bring about change. You will begin to build resilience and feel empowered to use your own inner wisdom, and access your own inherent ability to grow and evolve and live authentic lifestyle.
When you understand who you are, you will begin to peel away layers of old scripts and ways of relating to people that no longer serve you. Once empowered to make the changes to become your authentic self, life will start to unfold for you, so you start to live a more fulfilling, stress free existence, which will transform the way you experience your life.
We work together in a safe, non judgemental, confidential and trusting environment. You will be listened to with warmth, compassion, empathy and acceptance.
I have experience of working with teenagers/young adults and adults with anxiety and low self esteem issues. I also have an interest in working with loss and change which comes in many forms such as loss of identity, loss of a loved one and relationship difficulties to name a few.
Whilst I cover all areas of counselling, my mains areas of speciality are:
Drug and alcohol
End of life
Low self esteem
As an Integrative Counsellor, I embrace several modalities and skills that help me to adapt my counselling approach to suit your individual needs and to ensure the development of a beneficial therapeutic relationship with each other. My experience and training enables me to work to a specific focus or goal(s), as well as exploring personal challenges at a deeper level. I have a calm, empathic and honest approach, and extensive experience of empowering and supporting change for my clients. I also work as an alternative therapist and yoga teacher which gives me a holistic approach to my work, focusing on treating the whole person.
I am a group facilitator and offer couples counselling.
How to get started
I understand how difficult it is to find the right counsellor so I invite you to call me for an initial chat to discuss your needs. This is an opportunity to ask any questions and concerns you may have and to gain a better understanding of the counselling process. This is also an opportunity for you to feel if I am the right counsellor to work with you. Please feel free to contact me by telephone or email me.
The first session will be an assessment to understand your current difficulties and talk together about what sort of help you are looking for. Following this assessment we discuss whether you are happy to continue therapy. We then will make a therapeutic contract setting out the day and time and possible length of work together and cost. I am able to offer long term and short term sessions.
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Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
Level 2 Understanding Substance Misuse
Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies CPCAB
Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Working with our Inner Child
Facilitating Therapeutic Groups
Working with Couples
Addiction training; drug and alcohol and working with Anorexia and Bulimia
Training and Experience working with Road Victims Trust
Training and Experience working with Place2Be - a children's mental health charity which provides emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play.
I volunteered at Rennie Grove Hospice for several years where I counselled people with challenging illnesses and life limiting illnesses; supporting their fears and anxieties and also bereavement counselling for the family and carers.
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 offer an initial free 15 minute telephone conversation to discuss your needs.
Fees for individual counselling are ￡50 per 50 minute weekly sessions.
Couples counselling are￡60 per 60 minute weekly sessions.
Couples counselling are￡80 per 90 minute weekly sessions
Payment can be via bank transfer, credit card, cash or cheque, either paid in advance or at the end of each session.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework ensuring good practice. For more information on the BACP please visit their website at www.bacp.co.uk
I receive monthly supervision with a counselling supervisor to support and maintain best practice.
I have an enhanced DBS (CRB)
My practice is in Harpenden with on-site parking.