I provide counselling from my private practice at my home in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. This is a private room providing a safe and confidential space for our work together. I can offer various daytime and evening appointments throughout the week.
My training helps me to provide you with a reliable, regular, non-judgmental space where you can begin to talk about whatever is on your mind. I work in what is called an integrative way, using a wide range of therapeutic models, but primarily focusing on humanistic counselling. In essence, that means I start with a basic belief in your potential to heal and grow, and I see my job as a counsellor as being able to help you achieve that potential.
I also work in a very psychodynamic way. This means that I believe that your past experiences can have an effect on your present reality, in a way that you may not even be aware of. I can help by focusing on the relationship between us, to bring the way you relate to others to your awareness and facilitate your understanding of yourself, providing healing and change.
I also use other approaches in my work such as transactional analysis, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational enhancement therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Since 2010 I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for Swindon and Wiltshire Drug and Alcohol Services and Turning Point on a part time basis, this post has allowed me to gain experience of working with clients of all ages and many different life issues.
I am currently employed by Turning Point in Trowbridge as a Recovery Worker, managing a caseload of clients in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. I also co-facilitate a parenting group for the service to help clients in recovery to improve their parenting skills.
Training & qualifications
Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). This qualification is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) UK professional body.
Foundation Certificate from Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC)
Induction Training with Swindon and Wiltshire Drug and Alcohol Services (SWADS)
Alcohol – Brief Intervention and Advice Training with SWADS
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Model of Psychosocial Interventions (MOPSI) Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Introduction to Change and Recovery Skills Group Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Parenting Group Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and as such, I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I’m also on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. The register is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. It’s a guarantee that I’ve been properly trained, that I continue to develop my professional skills and knowledge and that I’m in regular supervision with a senior colleague and other counsellors who support me with my client work.
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
It helps to allow up to an hour and a half for the first session so that I can answer any questions that you may have and you can tell me something about yourself and what you hope to gain from coming to counselling.
Sessions last for 50 minutes for individuals and are usually once a week, at the same time every week. My fees are £47.50 per session for an individual, payable by bank transfer weekly in advance. I have a limited number of spaces for reduced cost counselling for people who are on low incomes, although there may be a waiting list for these places.