How can counselling help you?
My experience is that counselling helps by offering you a different perspective on the thoughts that run through your mind. Often we all need a space in which to say out loud the thoughts we keep inside. I believe that in a safe, warm environment we can find the courage to speak our truths out loud. This helps us to gain confidence in ourselves and it helps us to connect to others.
We are all faced with challenges, and these challenges can present themselves in the form of anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties. Life is tricky! Sometimes more than tricky! Sometimes even more than that! So Counselling helps by allowing you the chance to be accompanied in those challenges. And it helps by challenging the challenges and then changing them into opportunities. I can help you find your own answers and look for options.
I believe, after being through many challenges of my own, that there are always options! And I’d feel very privileged to accompany you in this part of your journey.
What to expect in your first session...
In your first session, it’s your chance to come and meet me and decide if you would like to work together. Sometimes it can very daunting to meet a stranger and find yourself saying things you’ve kept inside for a long time. I always reassure my clients that it is natural to feel nervous and apprehensive starting counselling, just as it is natural to start finding that you can link patterns in your life, to start finding that things fit into place, to start finding that you have more courage and to start finding great joy again,
Life is tricky and challenging, but it can also be magical and surprising and offer joy!
Let’s get started...give me a call, or send an email, to set up a first session. I’ll listen to you tell me what you what to get out of counselling and we can arrange to continue working together if you are happy with that. We can then decide if you want to meet weekly or fortnightly.
I offer a space in which to explore your voice - listening to your hopes and dreams - and, through the tricky challenges that life throws at us, offer a different perspective, finding options and opportunities.I work with a person-centred approach, listening to what you need and using CBT informed approaches as well as NLP inspired skills.
My work experience has been gained over almost 30 years of working with people across continents and always with a passion to understand and connect. I have lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. I speak English and Spanish, and very, very rusty French and Japanese!
It is important for me to listen to you and understand your perspective and I believe strongly that connections to one another are what make life inspiring and meaningful.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as my work in private practice, I work as a school counsellor with young people from 12-18, and I work with children 5-12 offering play therapy. This can involve meeting with families when appropriate and working alongside parents and carers, if the child or young person feels this is beneficial.
My work in private practice is with adults and young people alike.
I trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor, studying the postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling at the University of Strathclyde.
Since then, I have undertaken CBT informed training.
Whilst working as a Child Play therapist, I have completed training in Supervision, Parent Partnership, Safeguarding, Assessing and Formulating, Clinical Management, Group Work
I have also trained in Seasons for Growth
Currently, I am developing further my interest in Hypnotherapy, although I do have a certificate level training. I am looking to gain further qualifications in Family Therapy, which I am in the process of doing.
I have extensive experience working with young people, children, and families as well as adults.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
I charge £50 for each Face to Face session, I also offer reduced rates and low cost sessions
i charge £35 for each online/remote/telephone session, I also offer reduced rates and low income sessions
I offer a free 15min introductory session, telephone call
I am available for late afternoon/evening appointments
Also available Saturday mornings