Welcome to my profile - and thank you for your interest.
I’ve been a Counsellor for 25 years and have a Senior BACP Accreditation, which denotes my depth and breadth of experience. If you’re trying to choose a counsellor, here’s some information in my profile below, which may help you to decide. If you’re unsure about anything, do call me on 07815 560981
What can you expect from me?
Respectful empathic attention.
Warmth, Compassion, and Honesty.
Help in working out your therapy needs, whether it be short-term problem-solving or longer-term, more in-depth work.
A creative combination of listening, talking, support, challenge, and encouragement.
A collaborative, trusting, therapeutic relationship.
An opportunity to express yourself free from judgement .
Experience tells me that as a potential client, you’ll be searching for something unique to you. Please feel that you can ring to talk to me about any questions that you have, and how I may be able to help you.
When and Where?
Up until the pandemic I worked in two locations; near Westbury in Wiltshire, and in St Andrews, North Bristol. I am still working remotely in both but all being well, intend starting to see people in person in Wiltshire in September. The room that I work in there is spacious, well-ventilated and set aside for counselling. It is quiet and discreet.
At present and in the medium term I will only be available on a video-link to any new clients from Bristol or further afield
I offer appointments between 9.30 and 5.00 pm, Monday to Thursday. When you first phone me, I’ll suggest that you come to see me for a non-chargeable half-hour, so we can meet and decide whether we'd like to work together.
How long is a session and how many sessions?
We’ll meet for up to 60 minutes, usually weekly; more frequently if necessary. The number of sessions varies according to each individual’s need. At our first meeting we’d probably agree to meet for between 6 and 10 sessions, followed by a review.
I ask all my clients, if they’re able, to pay my full fee. This allows me to offer some reduced-fee places.
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior MBACP Counsellor Accreditation
Working as an Integrative Counsellor/Therapist for 25 years.
Training and qualifications include a Post graduate Diploma and MSc in Counselling from Bristol University.
Highly experienced in short-term and longer, in-depth, therapeutic counselling.
I’ve been employed as a counsellor in various settings; Public organisations (National Health, Local Council), Employee Assistance Programmes for large corporations, Voluntary Agency, as an Open Space group facilitator, and in Private practice.
- Describe myself as Integrative.
- Core training Humanistic.
- Influenced mostly by Person-centred and Gestalt Therapies.
- Other approaches and theories inform my practice: Cognitive Behavioural, Transpersonal, Solution-focused, Attachment theory, Neuro-science
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I work with:
- Attachment-focussed counselling
- Personal and Workplace Relationship issues
- Self-confidence, Self-esteem and Assertiveness problems
- Loss, Grief and Bereavement
- Negative Thinking and Low Mood
- Distress and Anxiety associated with Infertility, Pregnancy, Abortion, Miscarriage or Still Birth
- Employment and Career concerns
£65.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£65 per hour.
I offer some reduced fee places; please ask me about them.
The half-hour introductory consultation is free of charge.
Monday to Thursday, 9.30-5.00
Training and qualifying as a professional counsellor, becoming accredited by the BACP, and then attaining Senior Accreditation, has been a rigorous process, and I have to undergo annual re-accreditation.
This involves my constantly monitoring my skills and practice, by use of supervision and continuing professional development, and abiding by the BACP's code of ethics and practice (see website www.bacp.co.uk). It includes respecting and encouraging you to make your own decisions, not disclosing or misusing what I know about your life, and not knowingly harming you in any way. All of this is aimed at providing a professional safeguard to you as my client.
Is counselling for you?
Sometimes people say to me, " There are so many others who are worse off than I am; I really shouldn't complain!" My response is that no-one should feel that they have to wait for life to become unbearable before seeking help. It would be very unusual for any of us to have lives free of adversity, distress or anxiety, and when your troubles can’t be resolved by support from friends, family of a self-help book, you may feel lonely and frightened. That’s when a qualified and experienced therapist may be the answer.
Counselling offers you…………..
- Somewhere safe and confidential to tackle your problems and address your fears.
- Support while you work out what changes may be necessary, at your pace.
- A process that is at once voluntary yet committed, deliberate yet unrehearsed, structured yet unrestricted.
- Strategies and tools for dealing with life’s challenges with confidence.
- The chance to find ways that you can support yourself – to become your own therapist.