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MBACP - Individual and Couples Counselling

About me

I am a qualified counsellor of 15 years with specific training in helping couples with relationship issues, people living with or who have been affected by cancer, people living with and affected by ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, woman dealing with menopausal symptoms and older adults.

The last few years have been very different to what most of us are used to and this has had an effect on a lot of people. For some this has been a time of reflection in which they may have decided to take the opportunity to do things differently. For others it has been a rather worrying time. Now we are beginning to get back to our usual way of life we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed. That is when counselling can sometimes help.

I will give you the time and space to look at these issues and how you are feeling, give you the chance to consider your thoughts, feelings and situations in a confidential, supportive, non-judgemental environment with someone who is trained to listen and to help you make sense of what is happening.

My counselling experience includes:

  • working with couples/individuals with relationship issues
  • adults with ME/CFS Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and
  • Fibromyalgia
  • adults with chronic illnesses
  • woman dealing with menopausal symptoms
  • adults feeling overwhelmed
  • adults feeling stressed/anxious/depressed
  • individuals living with or affected by cancer
  • individuals with work related issues
  • older adults.

Everyone at some point in their life could do with some extra support. Life events may have become overwhelming - relationships may be breaking down, there may be problems at work, you or someone close to you may be ill or there may be issues from the past that remains unresolved. Counselling allows you time and space to look at areas of concern. It gives you the chance to consider your thoughts, feelings and situations in a confidential, supportive, non judgemental environment with someone who is trained to listen and to help you make sense of what is happening.

Counselling is not an advice service but provides a space where you can express your thoughts and feelings freely. Counselling can help you to develop an understanding of yourself and your life which may enable you to make important choices and decisions.

As well as offering individual counselling, I have had specific training in helping couples with relationship issues and have worked with a local mediation charity counselling couples.

How it works

We would meet on a regular basis, usually weekly, to look at your concerns. Counselling can last for as little as one session - there are no set time limits. However, most people find that six sessions or more are helpful.

For counselling to work there must be a trusting relationship between the counsellor and the client and therefore it is important for you to feel comfortable working with me. We would therefore meet for an initial session to explore if counselling is right for you. At the present time rather than meet face to face I am offering telephone counselling or online counselling for our initial session. If you would like to continue, we will then decide a suitable day and time for us to meet plus set an initial amount of sessions.

I have a flexible counselling approach having been trained as an integrative counsellor. I select the approach I think is best for you as a person and the concern you are bringing.

If you have any questions or would like to book a session, then please call me or send an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Transpersonal Couples Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management
  • BSc (Honours) degree in Psychology.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics. I have worked as a counsellor for over fifteen years both as a volunteer and in paid positions. 

Currently I am working with a cancer charity; a low cost counselling service for older adults (which I also help to run) and I have a private practice.  Previously I have worked with a local mediation service providing counselling to couples, the NHS and various charities.

Some of the workshops and training courses I have attended are:

Imago Relationship Therapy Workshop, Compassion Focused Therapy, Bereavement; Alzheimer's and dementia;  ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Mindfulness; 

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Clients who have had or have cancer

Relationship/Couples counselling

Clients with ME/Chronic Fatigue

Fees

Additional information

At the present time I am not offering face to face counselling.  However, I am offering telephone counselling or online counselling using either Zoom or another medium suitable for both of us (unfortunately, I am not offering Skype).

Once you have made contact, I will forward you any appropriate documents for our first session by email or post to enable us to have an assessment session.  This session will give you the chance to speak to me (or perhaps if we are using Zoom to see me).  We can then decide if counselling is right for you.  If you would like to take the counselling forward, then we would arrange regular weekly sessions lasting for 50 minutes.

Couple counselling - the focus is on the relationship and what is going on for both of you.  As there would be three of us altogether, I would suggest we tried Zoom.  If we all felt this would work we can then arrange for regularly sessions lasting approximately 60 minutes on a regular basis, usually weekly. Some couples have found they prefer a session to last for 90 minutes.


Individual counselling - £40 per session - 50 minutes per session

Couple counselling - £50 for a 60 minute session

Couple counselling - £65 for a 90 minute session
                               

I can offer sessions during the day and for those people who work I also have evening and weekend sessions available.


If you would like to find out more about counselling or would like to book an appointment please give me a ring or e mail me.

When I work

I can offer sessions during the day and for those people who work I also have evening and weekend sessions available.

I do not have any availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Mountnessing, Brentwood, Essex, CM15

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom