Counselling takes place when a counsellor meets a client in a private and confidential setting, to explore whatever difficulties the client is experiencing in their lives. Counselling is an opportunity to talk about a problem in a safe place and be listened to without judgement.
Unexpressed feelings can become very intense and i will encourage you to explore various aspects of your life and emotions that are concerning you. You will be able to talk in a free and open way, which is sometimes not possible with the closest of family and friends!
Counselling is an opportunity to discover more about yourself, explore different ways of thinking, resolve difficulties and enable you to move forward in your life.
I believe that the quality of how we interact is central to how we live our lives successfully and build strong enduring relationships.
I work in a quiet easily accessible location in mid- Essex a few minutes from the A12 convenient for Colchester, Chelmsford, Maldon, Witham, Braintree and surrounding areas.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor and clinical supervisor with a background in supporting parents, individuals and families to improve their emotional health and build resilience and coping strategies to deal with life's pressures. I have over 14 years experience counselling adults, parents and adolescents in primary care, voluntary sector and private practice and 6years experience in 1:1 and group clinical supervision of counsellors and trainee counsellors, family workers and pastoral teams in education. For the last 4 years I have also developed a specialism in working with parents and siblings of children with special needs and adolescents with ASD and other anxiety disorders.
- a BACP registered Counsellor
- a registrant on the BACP accredited register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists
- an Integrative Clinical Supervisor
My core training is:
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (WPF 2004)
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral therapy) practitioner certificate (OCTC 2008)
- Diploma in Integrative Supervision (BACP endorsed 2015)
I undertake ongoing continuous professional development in line with BACP ethical framework and guidance for best practice. I have held an enhanced DBS for 15 years. For example regarding training, in 2017 I attended Essex Safeguarding Board level 2 safeguarding of young people and vulnerable adults as well as bereavement and loss awareness training. So far in 2018 I have attended a workshop about Logosynthesis, attended training about Adolescent Psychology at WPF and a professional development day about working with Autism in the Therapy Room at Life Force. Morenrecently I have attended workshops facilitated by SNAP in Brentwood concerning experience, behavioural and eating concerns found in ASD.
In addition to the monthly clinical supervision as required by BACP membership, for the last 6 years I have attended a peer practice quarterly supervision group focusing on counselling special needs, the development of self and the clinical supervision of trainee counsellors.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Parenting support
- Clinical supervision for counsellors and trainees counsellors
- Special needs
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Counselling for individuals
Initial assessment for counselling £50
regular sessions £40 per hour
(Fees are negotiable and concessions available for student counsellors and for those on low income)
Counselling for couples
Initial Assessment for couples £60
regular sessions £50 per hour
(Fees are negotiable and concessions available for those on low income)
Individuals £40 per hour
Groups (2-4) £50 per hour
Organisations £50 per hour
(Concessions available for student counsellors)
I undertake counselling with adults and adolescents and I am particularity interested in working with relationship difficulties, communication in families, parenting, special needs, bereavement and loss and all related symptoms resulting from these difficulties.
Throughout life relationships are key in all interactions, personal, family issues, in education and in work, My commitment and passion is to assist you in understanding how you manage your feelings, relate to others and how past or current experiences of relationships are impacting negatively on your emotional health in the present.
Furthermore by exploring the symptoms you are experiencing such as depression, sadness, anxiety, low self confidence, poor motivation a chance to look at where behaviour or patterns of behaviour have become a barrier to you achieving what you want in life in life and having the success and relationships you want to have.
I employ a variety of approaches and use techniques that work well with issues of low self esteem, panic disorder, low mood/depression, relating to others, grief, negative thought patterns, recovering from abuse, generalised anxiety disorders, intimacy and other issues.
Though experience of working in association with SNAP in Brentwoood (special needs and parents) I also specialise in working with individuals with ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) and the parents and siblings of children with any special needs and the life long impact this has.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime appointments - Monday and Thursday. Evening appointments - Monday Tuesday Wednesday & Thursday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been clinical supervisor since 2010 holding a diploma in integrative supervision (BACP endorsed) working with experienced counsellors and trainees both in private, health and voluntary sector.