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Woking Counselling Support, Dip. Couns, MBACP (Accred) ACTO

About me

My Counselling explores how you see and understand your situation.  This allows new insights and opens up more and different options for you.  I believe therapy is an active and reflective process which can lead to meaningful and life-long changes. Many problems are too difficult to resolve alone and speaking to someone outside your immediate circle can be liberating and give new insights; this happens in a calm and friendly environment where you have time and support to explore what has brought you. 

My work is with adults: individuals and couples, wanting short to long term Counselling.  I am a qualified, Accredited Counsellor, experienced in working with depression, addictions, anxiety, sadness, loss, anger, abuse, self-esteem and relationship difficulties, confusion, family and societal issues.  As well as seeing individuals and couples privately, I have been a Counsellor and Assessor at Catalyst, a Guildford based drug, alcohol and well-being charity, and have also counselled at YMCA in Guildford.

From therapy, I believe you will gain understanding about who you are and why you might think, feel and behave as you do.  Your way of understanding is unique to you and we work with this to help you manage emotions and relationships in a healthier way.  Knowing what matters most to you can make your choices and decisions simpler.

In Counselling we focus on what you bring to the session and what might be helpful to explore and understand this.  I use tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic,  Transactional Analysis and Solution Focussed Therapy. 

It is vital that the Counselling relationship will work for you, that you feel comfortable and able to trust me.  I suggest you come along for a first session and see how you feel talking to me, before making a decision.

Individual Counselling

Your uniqueness as a person with your own individual understandings, underpin my Counselling.

Depending on the situation, Counselling could involve exploring situations or thoughts which are emotionally triggering and getting to the roots of what is happening.  Often patterns of thinking and behaving become established in ways which are unhelpful; we look for alternative responses which could work much better for you.

Where there are relationship problems, communication is often part of the issue and we would look at ways of changing this. (Please note: if you are looking to explore a relationship with your partner, I strongly recommend you come along as a couple.)

Couples Counselling

I offer Counselling to many kinds of partners: same sex, heterosexual, married or in a less formal partnership.

Relationship therapy also varies; my Couples Counselling is not about drama but about creating a calm and balanced space where each of you can talk and be heard by the other.  Your relationship will be the focus of Couples Counselling and at the heart of all the work we do together.  We will look at ways to strengthen and nurture it, whether you are having particular difficulties now, or are seeking ways to deepen your connection.  Work will include understanding what each of you brings to the relationship, where that has come from and how that plays out for each of you. 

I hope, like many couples, you will leave with more knowledge and understanding of your relationship which will enable you to protect and develop it. You will also know yourself and your partner better.

Couples Counselling can feel very different from having individual therapy partly as it is likely to feel more structured and perhaps more directed.  There needs to be a willingness on both sides to engage in the process and commit to it.

Due to data protection legislation, I need both partners to contact me directly so that I know I have permission to get in touch with both.

Couples Counselling involves shared communication between Counsellor and both partners.

Sessions always include both parties.

And please ...

Contact me if you need more information or have questions.  You can get in touch with me by email at: wokingcounselling@protonmail.com or call or text me on 07495 267944.  .

My website address is:  www.wokingcounsellingsupport.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I have counselling experience at Catalyst in Guildford.

I have been a Counsellor at Dialogue, YMCA in Guildford.

Enhanced DBS (formally CRB) checked and updated yearly.

Qualifications and Training

  • Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Accredited (BACP)
  • Professional Member of ACTO, Level 2 (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
  • OCST Certificate in Online Counselling (Approved by ACTO)
  • Diploma in EFT
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Diploma in Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy, Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • NOCN Level Three Certified Programme of Core Competencies
  • PGCE
  • BA Hons


Continued Professional Development

I have regularly monthly Supervision with an experienced Counsellor to ensure I am practicing safely and to the best of my abilities.

I believe it is vital to continue to develop my knowledge, understanding and counselling skills and am currently studying with this in mind. I have also attended many courses and workshops.  Amongst these are:

  • Working with Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Working with Suicidal Risks
  • Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum
  • Understanding and Managing Stress
  • Issues Around Sexual Identity
  • Working Creatively

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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

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Fees

From £50.00 to £65.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Individual Counselling Sessions:

£50 for 50 min - 1 hr Individual Counselling session

Some concessions are available.

Couples:

£65 for 50 min - 1 hr Couples Counselling session .

Some concessions are available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Flexible after 9.30 am.

Further information

I am based on the outskirts of Woking, going in the Guildford direction.  There is easy parking just outside.

For individual clients, after an initial one hour appointment, I am now offering the option of 30 minute sessions over Zoom.

Woking, Surrey, GU22

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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