I offer a private, warm and relaxed online space for you to talk in confidence about any worrying issues. I have particular experience in supporting clients who have been bereaved and clients who have lost dear ones in a sudden traumatic way.
Who is counselling for?
Counselling is really for anybody making the journey through the challenges of life. You might feel overwhelmed or just a little bit ‘stuck.’ Day-to-day tasks might be a struggle. You might have lost someone – recently or in the past. There might be changes in your life or difficult decisions to be made. Perhaps a past event keeps popping up, influencing the present more than you would like? Counselling can help.
A good counselling session is a reassuring opportunity to off-load without any shame or judgement. Your experiences and feeling will not be by any means questioned. Quite the opposite – you will be heard and deeply respected. Together, we will strive to make better sense of your situation, thereby finding the way for you to move forward.
How can talking help?
Talking is a highly powerful tool indeed. By talking to someone, you untangle your thoughts and anxieties, as if laying them out neatly in front of you. Talking to a friend or relative is a good start that will surely lighten your burden in some way. But talking to a counsellor is different. We have no previous history and our relationship is confined to the therapy room. Therefore, you do not need to worry about causing hurt, disappointment or sadness to anyone by saying what is on your mind.
How do I start?
You can get in touch via my phone number or email. I will reply as soon as possible – always within 48 hours (Monday to Friday).
If you prefer a short chat prior to committing to anything, I would be happy to arrange this with you.
I use Zoom for counselling video sessions but if you are not familiar with Zoom, I can send you a direct link to a secure video chat room. All you need is a phone to receive a text with an access code and a smart phone or computer with a microphone and camera.
Before our first session, I would also send you a couple of forms to fill in at your convenience.
If counselling is new to you, you might be wondering about what to expect and how sessions actually work.
We will meet regularly, usually on a weekly basis. Sessions last 50 minutes. They are yours to explore whatever you need or want to.
I do not limit the number of sessions. About every 6th session, I will review our progress and identify where we are in the counselling process. It is difficult – indeed almost impossible – to say how many sessions a client will need. For some, it might be several weeks, whereas for others a few months.
Regular reviews allow us both to keep the ending in sight.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, registered with BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I hold a Masters Degree in Psychology, Charles University in Prague (2005). I gained my counselling qualifications by completing L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in Peterborough (2015).
In the past I worked as a associate counsellor for a national mental health charity, Mind. I also worked as a volunteer counsellor for Road Victims' Trust, charity supporting clients affected by fatal road collisions.
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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