MBACP & MBPsS registered, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
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Hello. A warm welcome to you.
Chances are, you are here because of hope.
Maybe you hope to feel better, or hope to make a change in your life, or maybe you are feeling hopeless and are looking for someone or something that can help you feel hopeful again.
There are lots of reasons you might be seeking a therapist; loneliness, the loss of a relationship or the loss of a loved one, seeking to change a behaviour that holds you back, or simply feeling lost, confused or stuck. Your hope and the reasons you are here matter.
I believe in your capacity to heal and grow. But maybe not everyone in your life has supported you in this. Or maybe, for you, the focus has been more about surviving. Or maybe you have learned to ignore your own inner knowing. I have some abilities and experience that can help nurture your innate capacity to thrive.
Though there are many ways of working therapeutically, everyone is unique and what is most important is that together we discover what is most helpful for you. At the heart of how I work, is the relationship we build together; it is the safe container that will allow us to go where you need to go. You do not need to talk about or do anything that does not feel comfortable to you. I will work with you to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect; from this foundation change is possible.
I am a pluralistic counsellor and psychotherapist; drawing on many therapeutic styles and techniques to find ways of working that are right for you. My main orientation is humanistic, informed by person-centred, existential, gestalt, and psychodynamic ways of working, but I work with and draw from many other therapeutic styles, recognizing what is most valuable is that which accomplishes your hopes and aims from therapy.
Essential to my style is collaboration; I don’t expect you to know how to be a client, but I do believe you instinctively know what you need, you are the expert on your life, you are the only one who has lived it. Together we can discover what is going on, what may be hindering you and what may need healing; so that the positive changes you are seeking for your life can happen. You are worthy of living your best life.
I have a particular interest in developmental trauma, which means making sense of how childhood experiences impacted you and how they influenced the ways you have learned to protect yourself to survive. My main way of working is talking therapy, where we engage in dialogue about your experiences and try to understand it. But sometimes we use talking to avoid things; I also offer creative ways of working to help us explore the space beyond words, including the use of art, visualisation, and play.
Training, qualifications & experience
The grounding of my knowledge is in psychology, and I have a MSc in Psychology (with Merit) from University of Stirling. My training began at the University of Edinburgh, where I achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling (with Distinction). I went on to study as a Pluralistic Counsellor achieving a MSc in Counselling (with Distinction) at the University of Abertay. I am a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and I am registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I undertake regular supervision with a BACP and COSCA accredited supervisor.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My standard fee in private practice is £50 per session and sessions last an hour.
I offer a limited number of concession spaces and the rate is £40 per session
When I work
I am available to contact by email or phone during business hours. If I am not immediately available, I will respond to you within one working day. I offer daytime and evening appointments.