The first session is free.
I offer a free first session to give you an opportunity to talk with me and see if I am the right counsellor for you. In the current circumstances I am offering counselling online via Zoom video link or phone. This session would give you an idea of what a counselling session might be like and how we might work together through the issues that are troubling you. It also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have before starting counselling without obligation.
I understand that there may be times in life when we feel stuck with persistently troubling thoughts, emotions or behaviours which we can not seem to change. Sometimes relationships do not work the way we would like them to, or certain people trigger feelings in us which seem out of all proportion.
Perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, stress, anger or depression. It may be that you are suffering with a deep sense of loss, may be the loss of a close relationship or a loss of purpose, self esteem or identity. You might be good at offering others help and caring for their needs but struggle to value your own needs and treat yourself with the same compassion. Trying to unpick the problem can seem confusing and hard to know where to begin. Talking to people you know, about very personal issues can feel too risky, awkward or embarrassing.
So what might counselling offer?
Speaking from my own experience of having counselling, I recognise that understanding ourselves and past experiences, valuing and accepting who we are can help us to find relief from inner turmoil, re-evaluate relationships and restore our sense of purpose so we may fulfil our potential.
My counselling approach.
I would like to offer you the time, space and support, away from your everyday life and relationships, to explore the issues that are troubling you. You will have the opportunity to talk in confidence and without judgment. As we reflect together on your thoughts, feelings and behaviours we will explore the changes you would like to see in your life. As you unpack your thoughts, we will consider the thought patterns you have developed that may be unhelpful to you and may be gently challenged. You may want to explore difficult memories to release buried feelings and find a clearer perspective on past experiences. The insights you gain may enable you to feel more confident about yourself and your own resources to bring about the changes you would like.
We will explore your issues at the pace and depth that best suits you. I use an integrative model of counselling that incorporates humanistic approaches, aspects of psychodynamics, cognitive behaviour therapy and where appropriate creative therapies.
I counsel in a pleasant room in the centre of Wallingford, accessible to bus routes and close to Wood St car park.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Prior to training as a counsellor, I gained a Bsc in Speech Pathology and Therapy from Manchester University
- I have worked for 15 years in the NHS as a Speech and Language Therapist.
- HE Diploma in Counselling from Roehampton University 2014
- My training is integrative and the model of counselling I use includes humanistic approaches, aspects of psychodynamics and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,
- I have been training and working as a counsellor for eight years, the past five years in independent practice.
- I have worked with clients with a wide range of issues.
- I offer counselling on both a short term basis for just a few sessions and on a longer term basis according to each individuals needs.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 per 50 minute session but concessionary rates may apply depending on your circumstances.
I offer a free first session to give you an opportunity to meet me, ask any questions and see if I am the right counsellor for you. So please feel free to contact me without any obligation.
I offer daytime sessions on a Monday to Friday.It may also be possible to arrange an evening session on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday.
My training included aspects of faith. I am open to explore spiritual issues if this is an important aspect of your life.