Counselling takes place when a counsellor meets a client in a private and confidential setting, whether face to face, on-line or phone, to explore whatever difficulties the client is experiencing in their lives. Counselling is an opportunity to talk about a problem in a safe way 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 freely and openly, 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 communicate & 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 16 years experience counselling adults, parents and adolescents in primary care, voluntary sector and private practice and 8 years experience in 1:1 and group clinical supervision of counsellors and trainee counsellors, family workers and pastoral teams in education. For the last 6 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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Parenting support
- Clinical supervision for counsellors and trainees counsellors
- Special needs
Counselling for adults and young people
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)
Individuals £40 per hour
Groups (2-4) £50 per hour
Organisations £50 per hour
(Concessions available for student counsellors)
Daytime appointments - Monday and Thursday.
Evening appointments - Monday Tuesday & Thursday
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.
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.