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About me

When life feels difficult and there appears to be no resolution, counselling offers a space in which individuals can talk about their problems, try to make sense of them and view them in different ways, all within a safe, confidential environment with their therapist.

I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I work with my clients, from my private practice based in Crawley, in an empathic, collaborative way in order to help them explore their difficulties and enhance their self-awareness in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Within my work, I adopt a Humanistic approach. This means I believe in keeping my clients at the forefront of the counselling process. I offer therapeutic play when working with children and young people using creative materials.

Training, qualifications & experience

Following an interest for many years in psychology, I began my counselling training back in 2011 with the Open University whilst looking after my young family. Combining counselling theory alongside skills practice at both South Thames and Guildford College, I successfully completed my level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling in 2016. In 2017, I went on to achieve a level 5 diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling working with children and young people. I was awarded my foundation degree in counselling with the Open University in 2018.

I have offered counselling to adult patients and family members at St Catherine’s hospice in Crawley, as well as at the Macmillan cancer support centre in Redhill. In addition I have provided counselling to adolescents at the Horsham & Crawley Counselling Group and supported children at Chinthurst School in Tadworth.

I currently offer counselling to children and adults through my private practice in Crawley.

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

Fees

Additional information

My current fees are £45 per 50 min session.

I am able to offer home visits for £50 per 50 min session.

I offer an initial 50 min assessment session at a reduced rate of £20.

Further information

I am able to offer an open-ended counselling service to my clients according to their own individual needs. Some people benefit from short-term work, whereas others may require longer-term support. This is all taken into consideration at the initial meeting, where together hopes and expectations for the counselling work can be discussed.

I am able to work with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, bereavement & loss, relationship problems, low self-esteem/lack of confidence.

If you think I may be able to help, please feel free to contact me.

Crawley, West Sussex, RH10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits