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Reg. BACP

About me

When life gets difficult, the most courageous thing we can do for ourselves, is to reach out for help. I offer a private, warm and relaxed space for you to talk in confidence about any worrying issues. 

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 now see clients face to face in a comfortable room in the centre of Saffron Walden.

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.

Making the first step is not easy - make today your day.

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.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

£55 per session (50 mins).

Saffron Walden, CB11

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Additional languages

Czech, Slovak

Online platforms

Zoom