What to expect from a counselling session
I am a private practice counsellor and provide a flexible service to meet the needs of each individual client. Counselling appointments are 50 minutes long, normally weekly, and the number of sessions can be adjusted as appropriate. Some clients feel that 3 to 6 sessions are enough, whilst others require longer-term counselling support. I offer sessions online, and also face to face in my COVID-secure counselling room at home.
My way of working
I adapt the type of counselling support according to the needs of the client. For those wishing to address 'symptoms' of common issues such as anxiety or panic, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach may be suitable. However, for those wishing to address the underlying issues behind their physical or emotional reactions, a person-centred approach may help. This entails listening to the client and truly understanding their experience, without judgment.
I am also trained as an EMDR practitioner. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a technique developed to help clients who have suffered trauma. Originally used with people diagnosed with PTSD, its application more recently has successfully treated clients suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, sleep issues and changing unwanted behaviours. I incorporate EMDR alongside talking therapy, where appropriate.
Sharing personal information with a relative stranger can be a daunting prospect. I seek to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, to help them to feel comfortable to speak with trust and confidence, and relinquish the burden of troubles that have been holding them back from living a positive and enriching life.
I believe that the success of counselling outcomes for the client is more reliant on the quality of the relationship between counsellor and client, rather than the type of counselling approach. Before you decide to undertake counselling sessions with me, I offer a telephone consultation, free of charge, for you to explore what I can offer to address your needs. Feel free to give me a call to see if I may be the right person to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My relevant formal qualifications are:
- BSc(Hons) Psychology
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Certificate in EMDR for Therapy and Coaching
My first career was as a police officer of 27 years of service. Throughout this time, I encountered people in all walks of life whose lives had been affected by mental ill-health. This ranged from common issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and self-harm, to complex problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
I undertook additional roles to provide support to colleagues who were experiencing problems and those subject to disciplinary processes. I found the help I provided to be particularly rewarding and therefore decided, in preparation for retirement from the police service, that I would build on my BSc Psychology degree and train to be a therapeutic counsellor.
During my training, and subsequently, I provided many hours of voluntary work to a local bereavement support service. I found that clients who were struggling to cope with their bereavement were often struggling with other aspects of their life, including relationship difficulties, physical or emotional abuse, or other traumatic events. I found that given the opportunity to talk through their difficulties and be heard without judgment, clients felt more able to accept what had happened and be able to more forward in a positive way.
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
My fees are £40 per session
I generally work between 10am and 7pm Monday to Thursday, however I can be flexible if needed outside these times.
Sessions are 50 minutes.
I have extensive experience of working with emergency service and local authority personnel, both in terms of the impact of traumatic incidents and the longer-term effects of prolonged exposure to stressful workloads.