I am well aware that at times life can be difficult; you may feel anxious, over-whelmed, worried or just not right. Or you may feel that your past experiences are having an effect on how you deal with things in your life today. Talking with me could help you in a different way than talking to a friend of family member and this is primarily because you can be honest with me without me judging you or worrying that you are burdening someone with your problems. I'm here to listen to you and to support you in working things out for yourself.
Who am I?
I am a qualified counsellor and am also an accredited member of the BACP (the professional body who ensure that counsellors work ethically and in the best interests of their clients). My approach is open, honest and down-to-earth and I am a firm believer in the counselling process and the good that it can do. My counselling room is next to my home in Yalding. It's quiet and peaceful and offers you a confidential space to explore any issues that are troubling you.
What to expect
After our initial contact, we will arrange a 30 minute assessment session - this is often a fact-finding session, and is also the time for you to see whether you would like to continue your counselling with me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about counselling and what you can expect to happen in our sessions. If you then decide that counselling is for you, we would meet on an ongoing basis for 50 minute sessions, with regular reviews to check how you feel it is going.
I have experience of working with both adults and children and am able to offer weekly, fortnightly or ad hoc sessions. This can be either short- or long-term work.
I am insured and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, Place2Be Training - Working with Children, Safeguarding Training, Working with Survivors of Domestic AbuseNeuroscience in the Therapy Room, CBT with Heart, Trauma and the Body, Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Loss - What Does Life Mean For Me Now?, Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mind or Body - What's in Charge?
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
£45 per hour. £40 per hour for counselling students
£30 initial assessment.
Limited number of concessionary appointments available for those on lower incomes/benefits.