I am a qualified counsellor working with people who have experienced challenges in life that have led to feeling stuck, sad, worried, perhaps hopeless. I work with adults of all ages. When difficult and unexpected events happen, when traumatic events occur or someone close dies, when relationships go wrong, then counselling can be a way of feeling supported to move forward in our lives. In short, we can at different times feel lost in our lives- counselling can attempt to relocate the personal map and compass required to navigate and travel to a safer, healthier and more healed way of being.
I firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of the counselling process. That through offering counselling with acceptance, warmth, genuineness and empathy that a trusting and safe space is able to be created which in turn may enable and contribute to new insights and self knowledge being acquired.
I receive regular clinical supervision from an experienced and accredited supervisor and this is fundamental and essential to my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their ethical standards and code of practice.
I am a qualified counsellor and have a post graduate Diploma in Counselling Studies. I provide counselling in my private practice as well as on a freelance basis within a local voluntary organisation. My counselling training has been primarily person -centred, and I have always felt most comfortable and 'at home' when working with this approach- however my practice is also influenced by other models and theories of counselling, and these can at times be usefully integrated where this feels right and helpful.
During my working life I have been involved in supporting people with complex difficulties associated with life transitions, family relationships and functioning, bereavement, trauma and loss. I have extensive experience of working with clients whose lives have been adversely impacted through substance misuse, domestic violence and imprisonment. I work with clients experiencing depression and anxiety, and who struggle with use of self harm and suicide ideation.
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 fee is £35 per session. Late (less than 24 hours) cancellations are chargeable at half of the fee. If you would like a shortened first session to see if it feels the right arrangement for you then please ask and this can be arranged.