I aim to offer a safe, comfortable, non judgmental space which can facilitate the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings around what ever you choose to bring to your therapy sessions. When this environment is right, it can give you a sense of being heard and a feeling of empathy and understanding. The environment I provide offers a safe and confidential place to talk freely. I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation, this free consultation gives an opportunity for you to have an idea what to expect from me as your therapist. You may of experienced counselling before, so this consultation offers an insight into how I work as a therapist and whether we both feel we can work together and establish what issues you feel you want to bring to your sessions.
Working with a counsellor can enable you to resolve possible internal conflicts that prevent you from being what you may understand as your real self/ or the feeling of something missing in your life. It can also help to regain a deeper understanding of yourself which in-turn should help with your present or future relationships. It may also help in identifying old patterns of behaviour or habitual thoughts and emotions. It can help promote choices and options you thought you didn't have. It can enable you to let go of negative thoughts so that you can move forward in your life and make changes where you feel would be most helpful.
Counselling is a truly insightful process that can benefit one human beings life as long as they are ready to go on a personal journey.
So your ready for counselling, what can you expect?
I will provide an environment that is tailored to you and your individual needs. Depending on what you choose to bring to each session will depend on what approaches I feel will enable you to get the answers you need.
I offer an integrative therapeutic approach which enables me to work with two main approaches;
Person centred: working with the here and now life events.
Psychodynamic: working with personal life experiences from the past which are present in the unconscious process and evident in the present clients way of being and life experiences.
I aim to work towards a therapeutic relationship that provides an environment that promotes autonomy, respect, trustworthiness, together with an ethical and reflective approach to the work done together.
Trauma & PTSD
I have been working with an agency along side Thames Valley Police for a number of years. I provided therapeutic interventions for people who are victims of crime suffering from Trauma and PTSD. I have studied a number of trauma processes that have enabled and facilitated treatment towards healing and recovery for my clients. I use these processes with clients as well as my main approaches and techniques to provide the best therapeutic care possible.
I am a Registered member of the BACP and Student member of the NCP and adhere to their ethical framework and bound by their principles, values and personal moral qualities as laid down in the ethical framework for good practice.www.bacp.co.uk & https://www.thencp.org/
Contact me/Please note: Due to Covid-19 I will be providing online virtual & telephone sessions only.
I work to offer flexible times for my current and potential clients. I work within the Twyford area and will do my utmost in offering a time that is convenient for you, daytime, evenings, Monday to Friday. There is access to public transport and parking. If I can not help with any of your enquiries then I will try to refer or recommend a counsellor or counselling service that may be more suitable to your personal needs.
Note: Please also refer to my personal website www.counsellingpod.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
- Attending an advanced post graduate diploma in Traumatology & PTSD
- Post graduate diploma LEVEL 7 in Traumatology & PTSD CPCAB
- Diploma in therapeutic counselling integrative CPCAB
- Certificate in counselling studies CPCAB
- City & Guilds in Training and development
- City & Guilds in Preparing to Teach in lifelong learning sector
- Registered member of the BACP
- Student member of NCP
- Volunteer counsellor of a local Charity agency
- Counsellor in a local secondary school
- Attend regular workshops/Seminars and papers for CPD
I work as a counsellor for victims of crime through a local organisation working with Thames Valley Police.
I have counselled young people in a local school offering emotional support and promoting well-being
I have assisted in Level 2,3 and 4 exam invigilation and tutoring of a local training company in counselling studies/Diplomas.
I have worked for several years as a volunteer counsellor for a local charity organisation. It has given me much experience and insight into a range of presenting issues from people of all ages and ethnic/diverse backgrounds.
I attend regular workshops and seminars to promote CPD (Continuing in personal development) and at the moment attending a level 7 Post graduate diploma in Traumatology & PTSD. It enables me to work ethically, safely and in an appropriate manner that complies with the BACP and demonstrates my personal and professional commitment to all my client work and fellow peers.
I am experienced in working with a variety of ages, with a wide variety of problems:
- Anxiety/General Anxiety disorder
- Domestic abuse/Violence
- Grief and bereavement
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self harm
- Sexual & relationship issues
- Sexual violence and abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
I have studied other techniques from different approaches:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Narrative exposure Therapy
- Prolonged exposureTherapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Imagery Rescripting & Reprocessing Therapy
- Solution focused Therapy
Some techniques are used from these different approaches if helpful to my clients.
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
The sessions are 60 minutes long and are charged at £45.00 to £60 per session and are paid in full at the end of each session in cash or BACS transfers a day before the session.
Please note: I do not accept cheques, debit/credit card payments.
Appointments can be made either by phone or email which you can find in the contact details or you can find me on my other website at www.counsellingpod.co.uk
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