I am a BACP accredited Individual, Couples and Young Persons Counsellor/Psychotherapist and also a Therapeutic Coach. I work from my private practice in Wedmore on the Somerset Levels, near Cheddar, Wells, Glastonbury and Weston super Mare.
I offer a FREE introductory 15/20 minute appointment, so please get in touch via e mail or telephone to find out more about how I work, and to discuss your needs. This will hopefully help to assist you in deciding whether I am the right therapist for you.
If distance or travelling is a problem, I also offer sessions ONLINE, VIA ZOOM OR BY TELEPHONE. By searching for a counsellor or therapeutic coach, you have already taken that difficult first step in acknowledging you might require support. You may be looking into whether counselling is right for you, your relationship as a couple, or your child. Anyone, at any time , can be affected by traumatic and/or changing transitional life events. Often, we do not seek help until difficulties, worries and concerns become overwhelming. Feelings, thoughts and trauma that we carry in our bodies, can often be resolved and managed reasonably quickly, once we have the tools to understand and cope with them.
I believe that finding the right therapist is key to a successful outcome within therapy. Clients need to feel safe, secure, understood and that they are working with someone they can trust.
I have been working with clients for over 17 years with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, depression, family dynamics, anger issues, grief and loss, relationship issues, self-harm, addiction, transitional changes and with the effects of domestic, emotional, physical, verbal and sexual abuse. I have also worked widely with clients experiencing trauma and PTSD.
Life is a journey and all of us through that journey inevitably sometimes meet bumps and hills. People often find it difficult to talk about their thoughts, feelings and experiences they may have had, and how this may be impacting on themselves and their families and relationships. I feel passionately about working together with clients to empower your individual self, in the best way, to move forward in life, supporting you to find resolution to whatever issues are troubling you.
Being able to talk to someone in a confidential, non-judgemental and accepting environment can be the start of life feeling more comfortable and content. Talking through issues and concerns can help alleviate anxiety, stress, worry, confusion and sadness. People often do not want to share their innermost concerns and feelings with family, friends, colleagues or partners for fear of worrying or upsetting them.
Speaking with a counsellor/coach you feel comfortable with can enable you to increase awareness of yourself and others, to make sense of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and find new ways of being and coping.
Please visit my website for further information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer counselling and psychotherapy or short term therapeutic coaching
I trained as an integrative therapist, so I work flexibly, using specific techniques, theory and key concepts drawn from various approaches. I believe all individuals are unique, so I tailor therapy to each clients individual needs. I often integrate CBT (Cognitive, behavioural therapy), EFT ( Emotional freedom technique), Mindfulness and other modalities into my practice if I feel this will benefit my client, but only with their permission and if they feel comfortable. Counselling is a supportive process which helps you to explore, unravel and make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours about difficult situations or experiences. I aim to help you understand yourself and issues more clearly and to encourage you in finding the most appropriate way forward for you.
My aim by the end of therapy is that clients develop more healthy and positive ways of coping and being, hopefully, therefore leading to a happier and healthier future.
I am also a trained therapeutic coach and if this should be your preferred way of working, I offer brief, short term work of 5 to 6 sessions.
In our initial session, we would briefly explore your current issues - why you feel stuck, anxious, depressed, dissatisfied or unhappy - whatever you might present with. We then proceed to the next step, identifying what needs to change, what is within your control and how you make positive changes. Often we don’t know where to begin to turn things around - I can provide the tools and strategies to enable you to move forward, teaching you new ways of 'being' and coping with life that you can use from hereon. Coaching is a more directive form of support in comparison to counselling however the work is very collaborative and empowering - it is about taking back control of your life.
- MSc in Counselling
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling/Psychotherapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Post Graduate Diploma in C.B.T ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
- Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice in Couple Therapy
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
- Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching (F.R.T.C)
- E.F.T ( Emotional Freedom Technique) Levels 1 and 2
- Certificate in Rewind Technique ( for Trauma)
- BSc Social Policy ( 1st Class Hons)
- Accredited Member of B.A.C.P ( British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
My experience includes:
15 years working as a school counsellor
G.P Counsellor in a Medical centre
Bereavement Counsellor in a hospice setting
Counsellor for a Womens Project supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
17 years working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist in Private Practice.
Special Interest - Supporting victims and survivors of trauma
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individual adult Counselling or Coaching sessions are for 1 hour weekly - £45.00 per session.
Young Peoples sessions are for 45 minutes - £ 45.00 per session
Couple Counselling sessions are for one hour - £65.00 per session. The initial session incorporating assessment is for 90 minutes - £80.00
Walk and Talk Therapy sessions ( 50 minutes) - £45.00
Concessionary spaces are subject to availability, from £35.00 per session for people on low income or unemployed, trainee counsellors and key workers. These spaces are time limited, usually for six sessions.
I offer sessions Monday - Thursday mornings, afternoons and evenings and on Saturday mornings. I aim to be as flexible as possible with appointment days and times.
Some Further Training Undertaken includes:
- PTSD Resolution. Rewind Technique
- Fusion Master Trainer Programme
- Cruse Bereavement Care
- Working with Children experiencing loss, bereavement and change
- Working with Families
- Working with Anger
- Working with Anxiety
- Working with low self-esteem
- Working with Self Harm
- I hold a full DBS Certificate