We can all experience difficulties and loss in our lives and counselling is seen as a way of helping to improve how we cope with these difficulties. My approach and manner is gentle and calm and I draw on my own broad life experiences to create a safe and supportive place to help explore your thoughts and feelings.
My person-centred approach is about you deciding what to bring to counselling and how much to share. I can work with you for the short term or for longer if you decide that is what you need.
I am an optimistic and friendly person with a quiet and calm manner. I have travelled and worked with many differing cultures which has given me a wide experience of some of the challenges we can all face and an insight into what makes us humans tick.
I remember how scared I was when walking through the door to my first session with my new counsellor. It required lots of courage and I now see how deciding to go for counselling is a really brave thing to do. I had 2 separate lots of therapy, the benefits of which I still feel now. It has become so much easier and enjoyable being me.
Modern life can be really tough, with challenges coming at us from all angles, so to be able to recognise and let go of some of my thoughts and ways of behaving, that weren't being helpful to me has been invaluable. I have often seen, in my work, how improvements in 'ways of thinking' can give your head some much needed space, and how then this can help in other positive ways. Hence my business name being Headspace.
What lead me into Counselling
Many years ago, I took my young son to a homeopath for his eczema. We visited his homeopath regularly and I began to see and feel the relationship that was developing between them. It was full of trust and understanding, and it felt like a safe place for my son to share his worries and feelings. His homeopath was also a qualified counsellor and her approach so impressed me that I started doing research into counselling and soon after, began training of my own. (His eczema became milder and then cleared completely).
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma and Certificate in Counselling Theory, Skills and Practice and regularly update my skills by attending Professional Development days with the BACP, Relate and other relevant professional individuals.
I have worked as a Counsellor for the NHS at the Mental Wellbeing and Access service in Exeter and for a charitable organisation in Exmouth for a number of years. I also completed my training with the Samaritans, although sadly my personal circumstances changed and I was unable to be with them for very long.
I am a member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP, which means my work is regulated by professional guidelines, codes of conduct and the highest standards of practice and confidentiality. More information is available to all on their website www.bacp.co.uk.
I hold comprehensive professional Indemnity Insurance.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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Boarding School and its impact
My fees are £45 per hour.
Your first meeting with me would normally last for about an hour. It gives you the opportunity to tell me what you would like to get out of counselling, for you to decide whether you feel you can work with me and for me to decide if I am the best person to help you.
There is also some paperwork which I complete within this first session; where I ask you a few personal and health details.
After that we would aim to meet weekly with our sessions together being an hour long. Having said that I can work with flexibility around your needs.
Potential to change
Regardless of where we are from, I believe, with the right support, we all have the potential to make changes in our lives. I work with this in mind.
Whatever our parenting and role modelling was like when we were growing up, we have all probably been shown or told how to behave by someone else. As we become older these ways of being may no longer fit, and we can feel as if we are living a life that isn't meant for us. It may feel as if something is missing, or that your feelings are causing you distress or you may feel confused by your own and others' responses. Counselling is about looking at these ways of being, deciding if any of them are outdated or in need of change, where your potential actually lies and how to go about reaching it.