I am a person-centred counsellor and believe that all of us have the internal resources we need for growth and my aim is to provide the right environment to help this growth to occur. Through examination of the past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed, allowing us to relate differently to ourselves, our difficulties and to others, and either make changes or find acceptance.
I am a registered NCS Accredited Counsellor with a social work background and over 15 years’ experience working in both public and private sector, supporting individuals across a variety of backgrounds. I work with a wide range of issues including: relationship difficulties, parenting issues, attachment, anxiety and depression, work problems, loss or bereavement, trauma and many others.
Models influencing my approach include Humanistic Therapies, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) mindfulness. I take a flexible approach to therapy, integrating various models to suit each individual.
I offer both short-term work (typically 6 – 10 sessions), to focus on specific areas, or longer-term therapy which allows for a deeper exploration and understanding.
In addition, I actively participate in the training and receive a regular supervision.
What happens at our first session?
Our first session will last 60 minutes.
This is an opportunity for us to meet and to mutually decide whether therapy could be helpful for you and whether we feel we could work together. I will ask you some general questions about what brings you to therapy and perhaps some of your past history. It will also be an opportunity for you to say whatever you feel might be helpful for me to know or to ask any questions. By the end of the session, we will agree how to proceed. If we decide to commence further sessions, these will usually be on a weekly basis. You may need a week or so to go away and think about whether you would like further sessions. Or occasionally, we may decide that therapy is either not appropriate for you or perhaps just not the right time, in which case we can think about other types of support might be helpful before we end our first session.
All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes in length. Once we have agreed a day and a time for your sessions, these will normally continue on the same day and time until you finish therapy.
How do I arrange an appointment?
Please email or telephone using the contacts provided here. Your confidentiality is assured and all emails or voice messages will only be accessed by me. I will then contact you for an initial (free) telephone consultation to discuss your needs and then if appropriate, make an initial appointment for us to meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master of Art Pedagogical Care and Social Work 2002
- Dip in Integrated Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2013
- Post Qualifying Dip in Counselling Children and Adolescents 2017
Working with Challenging Behaviour.
Creating Change and Motivational Strategies for Working with Young People.
Getting the Best from Yourself & Others- Coaching Skills.
Core Skills - Developing Coaching Skills.
Solution Focus Brief Therapy.
Understanding and Working with Attachment Problems.
Working with people who self-harm.
Working with various types of abuse (DV, physical, sexual, emotional).
Time management and stress management.
Working with anger.
Over 15 years’ of experience helping different groups of people with wide range of issues across various settings (e.g. Consulting and Diagnostic Centre for Families, Dorset Mind, Special Needs School, Children and Adult Social Service, Domestic Violence Project, Private Counselling Practice).
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
I have an extensive experience of working with children, adolescents and families and I have completed specialist training in this area.
Initial Consultation 60 minutes £30
Individual Session 50 minutes £40
Initial Consultation 60 minutes £45
Couple's Session 50 minutes £55
All sessions 50 minutes £25
The first time we meet is a chance for you to tell me what has prompted you to come and for me to share how I work and answer any questions you may have. We would then decide on what would happen next, with the proviso that you might want to think about it first.
Fully Insured Practitioner
Fully Accredited member of National Counselling Society (NCS) and HCPC and abide by their code of ethics.