Hello and welcome.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile while you are looking for a counsellor - which in itself can be a daunting thing to do.
As everyone is an individual, in counselling there is not a ‘one size fits all‘ approach. So - it's important that you find a counsellor that feels right for you.
Background and history
I am a qualified, registered counsellor and I have been working in various helping services for the past 25 years. From my career so far, I have gained much experience of dealing with many life issues that young people and adults frequently experience.
As well as running my own private practice, I have also worked for Kent Adult Education, training people to become CPCAB qualified counsellors which was a privilege and an honour and something that I really enjoy. I also work at a University as a Student Wellbeing Coordinator for Mental Health.
My career in mental health and wellbeing started when I took a degree in psychology and communication studies in the late 1980's and after that I worked in a further education college, where I set up and ran the student advice service. I started my counselling training during this time.
After this, I went on to work in local government for ten years, where I was responsible for managing drugs and alcohol education services and training across the county.
When I finished this job, I completed my training as a counsellor and I also went on to work in a school as a pastoral manager and then in youth services as a service and line manager.
I have counselled in various settings, including for MIND and in a domestic abuse agency and I now work from home.
I am based in Kent, close to Maidstone and Rochester and five minutes from the M20 and the A2.
Why come to counselling?
People come to counselling because they are experiencing emotional pain that is having an effect on their day to day life and their wellbeing.
Imagine if you had a splinter that was causing you irritation. You probably wouldn’t go rushing off to the doctor at first.
You would maybe try and remove the splinter yourself. Or you might wait and see if it would work itself out.
If it didn’t work itself out of it’s own accord or if you couldn’t remove it, you might ask someone – a friend or relative – to try and remove it for you.
Only if everything you tried didn’t work – and especially if the splinter was getting deeper and causing you more pain, then you might seek out a professional to help you.
Just like dealing with the splinter – some people are able to deal with life’s events themselves and some people have friends or acquaintances that they can sit and talk with when things get tough and this can be really helpful.
But sometimes – when we cannot deal with whatever is going on for us and people in our lives aren’t able to help (or maybe we don’t want to talk to someone we know or we don't have a trusted person to talk to ) – then professional counselling may be a way to alleviate the pain.
A counsellor is a professional who is trained to work at therapeutic depth with their client.
Counselling is a process that falls under the term ‘talking therapy‘. During this process we will explore the issues or problems that are causing your life to not ‘work’ for you or are causing you pain, suffering or upset.
I firmly believe that you know what is best for you and through counselling you can become more self-aware and understand how to be your own adviser.
In a safe, confidential environment, I will encourage you to talk about your problems, to uncover the root causes of what is causing you to suffer. This could be looking at how you relate to other people in different aspects of your life and any thoughts and beliefs that you have about your self.
The ultimate aim is that when you finish the process, you will be in a different psychological place and will have overcome what ever it was that was causing you pain or be able to cope more effectively with painful, difficult life events.
Everyone is an individual, so there is not a ‘one size fits all‘ counselling approach. I am a person centred counsellor, so part of the process is about finding out what works for you and using the various tools that I have in my counselling toolbox to create an approach that is right for you.
I feel humbled and privileged to counsel people, to be let into their lives and trusted with their feelings.
Sometimes, the hardest step is to reach out and ask for help and I never underestimate the bravery and courage of the people that I counsel.
Training, qualifications & experience
During my career, I have counselled adults and young people who have come to me with various problems including:
- Addiction - Drug and alcoholism
- Anger management
- Anxiety - including generalised anxiety disorder
- Domestic abuse
- Eating disorder
- Feeling sad
- Financial issues
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Personal growth
- Relationship issues (including intimate relationships / affairs and betrayal / separation and divorce / parent/teenager relationships and step family issues)
- School refusal
- Self harm
- Sexual identity
- Work related stress
- BA (Hons) Psychology and Communication Studies
- CSCT (AEB) Counselling Skills
- CSCT (AEB) Counselling Theory
- CPCAB L4 Therapeutic Counselling
Continued professional development/training
- Counselling children and adolescents
- Advanced counselling skills
- Counselling in educational settings
- Transactional analysis
- Rational emotive behaviour therapy
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Coaching and mentoring
- Dissociative Identity Disorder counselling
- Level 5 Diploma in management and leadership
- PGCE in post compulsory education and 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
Concessions offered for
I aim to offer affordable counselling.
My standard rate for adults is £45.00 per therapeutic session however, if you are on a low income or are unemployed or in financial difficulty, I offer a concessionary rate which we can discuss prior to your initial session.
Counselling students – £30.00 per therapeutic session.
I currently have no disabled access but I am happy to discuss counselling at an alternate venue for wheelchair users.
Thursdays - AM and PM. Evening appointments available.
I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (registration number 351696).