Hello and welcome to my profile. Are you struggling with your feelings and emotions? For example, perhaps you’ve experienced a relationship breakdown, a bereavement or a change to employment. Or do you worry a lot, feel sad, irritable or angry? Maybe you have little energy or feel tense. You may have noticed that coronavirus has brought on a different level of fear, anxiety, low mood or depression.
We all struggle from these kind of feelings from time to time, sometimes we can manage them, and sometimes we find them more difficult to cope with.
I can understand that it takes courage to seek counselling. I am a qualified counsellor based in St Austell, Cornwall. I work with individuals and a range of ages. Due to coronavirus, I have had to make some changes to the way I work, and so am offering counselling by video call or telephone. I also offer walk and talk therapy sessions (3 choices in the St Austell area), but these are currently full.
My aim is to provide a safe, confidential space to help client’s explore, express and process what’s going on for them, which in turn will allow them to find solutions to cope or make effective changes. Forming and maintaining a trusting, therapeutic relationship is fundamental to my approach, and I believe my natural ability to be compassionate, calm and genuine will help to promote this. Also, I accept clients for who they are, showing respect, which means I am non-judgemental.
When it's difficult to put feelings/emotions into words, I encourage using creative resources to help connect and communicate, or we can consider what it looks and feels like metaphorically. This is a way I can tailor counselling to the needs of the client and it can still be effective via video conferencing or telephone.
The benefits of walk and talk therapy are:
- Research shows being outdoors impacts on good psychological health and mental well-being.
- Exercise can help to reduce levels of stress, depression and anxiety.
- An opportunity to be grounded in nature, focus on what draws your attention and using nature in a creative way.
- A return to counselling Face 2 Face rather than online or telephone
- I can offer 3 choices of location in the St Austell area
All locations will be risk assessed. Alternative Zoom or telephone session offered should the weather be too hazardous.
I believe I have counselling experience in the following struggles: supporting people affected by cancer or a life changing medical diagnosis (having been a Macmillan Professional), relationship issues, life changes, gender identity issues, and trauma. Having trained with Cruse to become a bereavement volunteer, and trained with The Foundation for Infant Loss I have experience counselling through grief and loss. I have been an associate counsellor working for charities who support people affected by domestic abuse and violence.
I am a member of the BACP and follow their Ethical Framework.
If my profile resonates with you, I'd like to offer you a free 30 minute telephone or video call to check that we can work together. If you telephone me, and I do not answer, please leave me a voicemail. If you are waiting on an email from me, please check your junk/spam folder.
I am also a trainee Supervisor for counsellors or anyone in the helping profession - please see Supervisor profile
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Early Years Professional Status
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Continuing Professional Development:
CPCAB Endorsed Working Creatively in the Outdoors / Walk and Talk & Ecotherapy Training (March 2021)
Place2Be Mental Health Champion Foundation (Oct 2020)
Moving Your Practice Online (April 2020)
How to do Counselling online: a Coronavirus primer (April 2020)
Coronavirus - Considering our responses and responsibilities - weekly webinar (from March 2020)
Can I work with Children Online - weekly webinar (from March 2020)
BACP Children, Young People and Families conference
Demystifying Trauma - Understanding and Tools
Working with Gender Diversity
Working with PTSD and Trauma
Mindfulness in the Counselling Context
PODS: Trauma and the body; dissociation and somatisation
Working with Young People
Various MindEd training, including Safeguarding, Counselling In Primary Schools, What is Counselling for Children, Young People and Young Adults, The Range of Creative and Symbolic Methods, Facilitating Emotional Expression, Flashbacks, Trauma and Bullying, Complex Trauma and PTSD, Concluding Counselling
ACPO DASH Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Basic Drug Awareness
The Foundation for Infant Loss Training Accredited Provider Training
Cornwall Council Safeguarding e-learning
Cornwall Council Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking e-learning
Cornwall Council Hate & Mate Crime e-learning
The Impact of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence on Children & Young People
Young People Substance Awareness & Screening Training
Awareness in Bereavement Care: The Foundation Course, (Cruse)
My learning is ongoing and I regularly attend continual professional development
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 20-30 minute telephone/online session, an opportunity for us to discuss reasons for counselling and how we can work together.
£40 for individuals (telephone, online video conferencing Zoom or Walk and Talk -1 hour)
£40 for individuals (face to face - 50 minutes) (when I can provide a covid-safe space)
Discounts available for counselling students
I accept cash (face to face) or prepaid online bank transfer (telephone or online)
Monday - Friday: 8am - 11am & 4pm - 7.30pm
Saturday: 9am - noon