Hello and welcome,
In light of the current November lockdown, I am currently only working with either telephone or video counselling via Skype, Zoom or What's app video calling on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
I am a warm, friendly well qualified counsellor, offering both short term and open-ended counselling and I tailor my approach to the individual, as we all have unique needs.
Since you’re on this page, I imagine you are feeling challenged right now, that there may be some aspects of your life you’d like to be different and you’re wondering if I – or counselling can help you.
You may be experiencing anxiety, or depression, or feeling sad, frustrated or angry. Perhaps you are experiencing strong emotional reactions that you’re finding overwhelming. Or you’re in a relationship at home or work which is painful or difficult. Maybe you’ve experienced a trauma or loss and are looking for a way forwards. Or perhaps you have a sense that something just isn’t quite right but you’re not sure what it is. We all come to counselling for different reasons.
Whatever you are feeling right now, or whatever situation you find yourself in. You are not alone, life can be tough and counselling is proven to help.
If you’ve never had counselling before it can be hard to imagine how talking with someone can help. Talking with someone who cares but is not involved in our daily lives and relationships, often helps people feel calmer, less stressed, supported and helps them untangle difficult feelings, thoughts and relationships.
People come to counselling for many different reasons, some of the most common problems I help with are:
- Anxiety and stress
- Panic and fear
- Relationship issues
- Low self-esteem
- Anger, frustration and rage
- Sadness, grief and loss
You can see the full list at the bottom of this page but don’t worry if what’s troubling you doesn’t seem to fit into a category.Whatever the issue you are facing, I recognise that everyone is unique. When you are with me, I will give you my full support and attention. I will provide a safe confidential space for you to express yourself. I work in a caring and respectful way, whilst also challenging you in a supportive way with different ways of thinking, suggestions and new ideas.
I will absolutely not tell you how to live your life. I work with an agreement between us about what you want to get out of your counselling. The purpose of counselling is to provide caring support, greater understanding of you and the issues you are facing and ultimately change and movement towards whatever you decide you want in your life.
I offer a 50 minute consultation for £50. You can either email me by clicking the green 'message me' button at the top of this page or, call 07854 139921 to set up an appointment.
What happens in the consultation?
I will ask you questions about your mental and physical health, your previous experience of counselling and ask you what brings you to counselling now and what you hope to get from counselling. You can ask me any questions you like. This is a chance for you to meet me in person and see if you feel comfortable with me.
If you decide to go ahead with me, we can book our first appointment there an then, or you may want to go away and think about it and perhaps meet with other counsellors. What's most important is you find the right counsellor for you.
What happens in the first session?
By the end of the consultation we will have agreed what the goal of your counselling is and how we plan to work together, so I will re-confirm this with you and then we will start straight away.
Most often you decide the content of the sessions, so for example if the goal is to feel less anxious then most likely you would be speaking about how you experience your anxiety in detail. I'll tend to ask some questions and give feedback and observations to help you better understand how you are feeling, what you are facing and help you decide how to move forwards towards feeling better.
How do I get the most out of my counselling?
Research about what works in helping others shows that the relationship between the client and the helper, whether coach, trainer or counsellor is very important in determining a good outcome. Giving feedback as soon as you feel able and as honestly as you can about something that wasn't helpful, or equally something that you found helpful, enables your counsellor to understand you better and fine-tune their approach to you and helps build a strong relationship.
Reflecting on your sessions during the week and paying attention to your physical, emotional and social needs outside the sessions will help. As well as giving yourself a break and rewarding yourself for what you are doing.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or to book an appointment by clicking the green 'message me' button at the top of this page to send me an email, or call me on 07854 139921.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to their professional standards and codes of ethics.
I have a diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling - This means I can tailor my approach to your particular needs. I integrate the person-centred approach with Gestalt and Transactional Analysis, as well as CBT and mindfulness.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I worked in large multi-national organisations in London, so like many of my clients I have experienced the pressures of working in demanding and stressful environments. I am also the mother of young twins so I understand the challenges of parenting and family life.
I am fully insured and DBS checked.
I provide Anger Management programmes to individuals or groups.
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
My rates are:
£50/50 minute initial consultation.
£50/50 minute session for individuals.
£75/1hr 15 minute session for couples. I conduct an initial 45 minute consultation with each individual partner of the couple, charged at £45 each.
Concessions offered for
Please note that whilst I work during half terms, I do not work during the main school holidays at Christmas and Easter and I take 4 weeks off during the school summer holidays.