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Registered Member MBACP Accredited

About me

I am a BACP qualified counsellor with several years experience in voluntary organisations and in private practice. My consulting room is in my home offering a private, safe and comfortable environment and providing a space where difficult thoughts and feelings can be shared. Everyone who comes to counselling brings their own life history and experiences and I believe it is very important that from the beginning that we work together to identify your wants and needs from counselling. Being able to be open and honest, building trust within our relationship - I believe is the platform for which change can happen for you.

I am experienced in short term work where focus can be brought to the challenges of a particular life event or difficulty - as well as open ended longer term work which can allow exploration of the roots of entrenched behaviours, hopefully leading to improved self understanding and with it new choices on how you can live your life and conduct your relationships.

Beginning counselling can be difficult, you may have some questions and concerns. After our intitial contact, we would arrange a consultation meeting where you can get some answers and afterwards have some time to reflect on whether you want to go ahead with counselling and that you feel comfortable with me. We would then find a time to meet on a weekly basis.

There is more detail on my website, please take a look and contact me for more information.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a  Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from WPF Therapy.

I hold a Counselling Skills and Theory Qualification WPF therapy.

I hold  HND in Life Sciences from Reading University.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am included on the BACP Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I abide by the BACP code of ethics.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am interested in both short term work with focus but also in open ended work, where it can be possible to explore repeated patterns of behaviour, in activites and relationships, which seem outside of conscious understanding.

Fees

Additional information

My usual fees are £50 per session.

When I work

I offer weekly daytime sessions, including morning from 8.00am and evening up to 8.30pm.

Reading, Berkshire, RG2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults