Having worked for 8 years with male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse or sexual violence in adulthood, I believe that what the people I work with value most about me is that: they feel believed and accepted without judgement, I am open and down to earth, compassionate and genuinely interested in them and the difficulties they are experiencing. They also value the knowledge and skills that I have developed over the years, through listening and working with these issues, alongside the reading and training that I have done in this area.
I have worked in private practice for the past 8 years. I have worked with men and women across a wide range of issues, such as: depression, anxiety, work stress, trauma, loss, betrayal, relationship difficulties, identity, sexuality and more.
I work very much within a person-centred approach, offering a relationship based on respect, empathy and genuineness, but I also integrate aspects or techniques from other models if this is helpful.
I am committed to providing culturally sensitive therapy, with a proactive and positive approach to working with all areas of difference, and I believe that it is important to consider the social context as a contributing factor to human distress.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career as a primary school teacher, and so I have a BSc Hons majoring in psychology (1987) and a PGCE (1988).
Working as a teacher left me with a particular interest in the challenge of achieving a healthy work/life balance and the impact of stress in the workplace.
I retrained as a counsellor and gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling (BACP accredited course) in 2004. Since then I have worked for 8 years in Rape Crisis centres or Sexual Abuse services for men or women who have experienced sexual trauma either in childhood or adulthood, in private practice for the past 5 years and as a supervisor and trainer.
After working as a counsellor for 4 years, I decided to expand my knowledge and skills with further training and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Critical Engagement of the Person-Centred Approach and CBT. Alongside other training over the years, this has enabled me to draw on tried and tested techniques for working with a wide range of issues.
In 2010 I was awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision and followed this up in 2011 with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Supervision. I recently attended further training in Integrative Supervision at The Minster Centre in London.
I have worked in private practice for the past 8 years.
I am always looking to increase my knowledge, skills and understanding and regularly attend training or discussion groups.
Alongside my work as a counsellor and supervisor, I have also been involved in training counsellors at certificate and diploma level for the past 16 years. I have facilitated training groups and personal development groups and have developed a particular interest in the social context of counselling.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £40 per session. I am sometimes able to offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors or those on low income. If you think this applies to you, please ask for further details.
N.B. My fees will be rising to £45 per session from the week commencing 6th April 2020.
It may be important for you to know how much I enjoy my work. While it is true that I spend my time listening to people's pain and distress, I also feel genuinely privileged to have met the men and women that I have helped over the years, and am moved by their experiences and by being a witness to the great changes that are enabled by their coming to counselling.
I know that it can take courage to decide to go for counselling and to pick up the phone to make contact the first time. I imagine that you may have all sorts of questions about whether counselling can help or whether I would be the right counsellor for you. I am happy to have a chat with you to see if I can answer your questions in a way that will help you to decide. I don't believe that any counsellor is right for everybody: I would welcome the chance to give you more information on how I work, to help you decide if you would like to work with me.