I am a qualified and experienced Person-Centred counsellor with a BA in Humanistic Counselling from The University of Nottingham. I have 5 years experience of working with clients and have covered a diverse range of subjects with them. The most commonly addressed areas clients have focused on in our time together are; relationship difficulties, abuse, depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self esteem and anger. This is not an exclusive list, so don't worry if you feel you don't fit into these categories, there are many other areas our work together can focus on and you can find a more comprehensive list in the section titled 'areas of counselling'.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such subscribe to their ethical framework for good practice. I am also an individual member of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach; a more specific organisation for counsellors with a person-centred qualification.
At Blue Daffodil Counselling I offer a welcoming and confidential service, focused on your needs. The human need for nurturing and my belief that we all have potential within us is my inspiration for the name of 'Blue Daffodil' for my counselling service. Just as a bulb has all the nutrients within it to grow; and will do so, to a lesser or greater degree, dependent on the conditions it encounters, people also access their inner resources to the extent they are able to. I believe that you have the resources within you to make the changes you need and although your resources may seem distant to you my belief is that through sensitive exploration together we can uncover them.
The meaning of the flower is also relevant with the meaning of daffodil being 'new beginnings' and the narcissus, which is a type of daffodil, being 'self love'. Both entirely appropriate sentiments for a counselling service where often the work can lead to a greater acceptance and appreciation of yourself and also can mark the beginning of a new approach to life.
So why 'Blue' Daffodil? We all know daffodils to be yellow, of course they are! A blue daffodil is truly unique and signifies your individuality. It embodies the idea that your feelings and how you have experienced events are unique to you. This symbolism is equally relevant to our work together as I take care to notice you and am focused and dedicated to you as an individual in our work.
Open Ended Counselling
I am able to offer open ended counselling to you, in which you can use as many sessions as you feel you need to fully address your areas of concern. This way of working may be useful if you feel trusting is a difficulty for you as it provides the time required for the trust between us to develop. This will happen at your pace until you feel safe enough to explore.
It may also be advantageous to consider the option of open ended counselling if you are intending to explore more complex experiences.
Finally your choice may be purely a personal preference and open ended counselling allows a greater freedom to explore in depth.
Time Limited Counselling
Contrary to popular belief, time limited therapy doesn't equate to short term therapy. The time limits can be set anywhere between 6 weeks and 9 months dependent on you and your requirements. The time limiting simply means we specify the end date at the beginning of or early in the work.
Setting a time limit can work particularly well if you are; wanting to consider a current practical concern, uncertain about counselling and want to try a sample, motivated to make changes, able to take responsibility and focus.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Humanistic Counselling
- Diploma Person-Centred Counselling
- Certificate Person-Centred Counselling
Since graduating I have worked as a person-centred counsellor for both Nottingham Counselling Services and North Derbyshire Women's Aid.
I am an active member of the Humanistic Therapies group and with them have created and presented workshops on empathy within healthcare, postnatal depression and the advancement of the person-centred approach.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer both daytime and evening appointments from Monday to Friday and can build in some flexibility to accommodate you if you work shift patterns.
Sessions cost £40 or £30 for students.
Blue Daffodil Counselling is situated in Beeston and also works from premises in Nottingham to enable more people easy access to the service.
My main base in Beeston is situated within a 5 minute walk from Beeston train station, with a regular service running to and from; Nottingham, Attenborough and Long Eaton. There is also a good bus service to the area with the 18 Trent Barton service providing links with Nottingham, Lenton, Radford, Stapleford and Trowell.
Street parking is available for drivers.