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.
Couple counselling focuses on the relationship and what is going on for both of you. As with individual counselling we would arrange to try telephone counselling or Zoom so that we can decide how to take the counselling forward. If you would like to continue then sessions will last for 60 minutes on a regular basis. Some couples find that they prefer the session to be longer than the usual sixty minutes and prefer 90 minutes.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
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. My counselling experience includes:
- working with couples with relationship issues
- individuals with work related issues
- adults experiencing: stress/anxiety/depression
- individuals living with cancer
- older adults
- adults with chronic illnesses
- students - particularly those who are studying counselling
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.
My training and qualifications are:
- 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 of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Some of the workshops and training courses I have attended are:
Mindfulness; Bereavement; Compassion Focused Therapy; Working with Issues around Suicide; Alzheimers and dementia; ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Workshop on Imago Relationship Therapy Training
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Clients who have had or have cancer
Clients with ME/Chronic Fatigue
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.