Are you looking for an experienced therapist who has in depth knowledge of working with young people and parents? I have been working in this field for over eight years working in both school and private practice. Parents often feel desperate needing someone to talk to who can support them though difficult times. Young people often feel confused needing a space to talk freely enabling them to see through confused emotions understanding who they are and why they feel lonely, desperate or angry.
As a counsellor primarily working with younger people (6 to 25 years old) and their families, I can provide you with a supportive and down to earth counselling service that offers a respectful, caring and confidential relationship where you will always be in control of what we talk about and the pace at which we work.
I believe that counselling is a chance to explore issues that you cannot talk about to anyone else, no matter how close they are. I aim to give you a safe and completely non-judgemental place to think and talk through troubling feelings and experiences whatever they might be. What we discuss will not be shared with anybody else without your agreement (or parent’s agreement if necessary).
The work we do together is about you and we may even use creative tools, images and other media that may help you explore issues and look at them in a different way. For those of you who want to know the 'science', I use a Person Centred approach integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, art, sand and creative or self-expressive therapy as appropriate.
Depending on the availability of appointments, I try to be as flexible as possible to fit in with what you need and when you need it. I work from Monday to Friday with the last appointment at 9pm and on Saturday mornings between 9am and 2pm.
Your relationship with your therapist is at the very heart of the process and how well you connect will ultimately determine the success of your treatment. It is essential that you are working with someone who you can trust and with whom you feel safe and secure.
The most important thing is that you choose the right person so our initial session is very much a two way thing. We may talk through the main issues and can use different approaches such as looking at your past relationships and experiences to make sense of them, or maybe to concentrate very much on the 'here and now'.
By the end of this session your instinct will tell you if you want to work with me and I can make some suggestions on how we proceed. Alternatively if you are unsure about our connection then I am happy to help you find someone else to refer you to as long as you get the help you need.
Based in Amersham, I have consulting rooms in Chesham and am available to see clients across South Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.
Please feel free to contact me by email or phone with any questions that you might have and I will come back to you as soon as I can.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a counsellor primarily of young people and children with over four years experience of working in schools, with private clients and Connexions - a youth counselling service.
I see young people who are struggling with areas of their life, have simply lost direction or are feeling angry or isolated. I also work with parents who are finding it difficult to maintain good relationships with their children.
I hold an ABC Level 4 Diploma in Theory and Practice of Counselling and a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I am member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) http://www.bacp.co.uk/ who are the national body in the UK for regulating counselling practice. I am bound to their code of conduct and ethics which means you can be sure your therapy will be carried out to the highest professional standards.
I am also a member of the BACP Counselling for Children and Young People (CCYP), The Association for Pastoral & Spiritual Care & Counselling (APSCC). I hold certificates from Lifetrain UK on Young People and Self Harm, Kidscape on Anti-Bullying and Cruse Bereavement Care on Attachment and Loss.
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
I can offer weekly sessions for both short and open ended periods in a comfortable, secure and confidential environment.
An initial 30 minute consultation at a discount rate of £20 gives us an opportunity to talk through the key issues. At the end of this session, if I think I can help you, I will talk through how we could move forward so you can decide if you want to work together with me
Subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes and fees range between £50 and £60 depending on the location concessions are available for key workers.
I usually suggest we work together for six sessions and then review our overall progress to give you an opportunity to decide if our work is helping you.