How can counselling help?
We all experience difficult issues and events during our lives that can cause distress, anxiety, fear or worry. These can be debilitating and overwhelming and prevent us from living our best life. Sometimes it can feel that we will never overcome the difficulties we face especially if we are struggling to understand why we feel the way we do.
Counselling offers you an opportunity to talk about the difficulties you are facing and to explore your issues and their causes in a supportive environment. Together we will find ways of managing and overcoming them.
How I work
I provide one to one counselling and psychotherapy using an integrative approach from a person-centred perspective. This means I respond to your needs at whatever point you find yourself during our work together and draw on a range of counselling approaches to offer you the best type of support.
I offer an accepting, warm and confidential space where you can explore your issues and express yourself at your own pace. I will actively support you in discovering your own ways to work towards the best version of yourself.
Our first session will be an opportunity for you to talk about the issues you are facing and to decide together if counselling is right for you. I will help you explore your hopes and goals for coming to counselling and we can agree the best way forward.
Building a trusted and open relationship with your chosen counsellor is an essential part of this process and through our first discussion I hope you will feel that I am the right person for you to work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for 4 years to become a qualified counsellor after a successful career in consultancy and have a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also have a Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People including CBT. I am trained as a Bereavement counsellor and have a B.A. hons degree in Law and English. I am trained in ASSIST and Mindfulness.
I have worked with Adults, Children and Young People in a variety of settings for many years. I worked as a Bereavement counsellor for several years and worked as a Schools Counsellor for 6 years. I currently provide counselling for public and private sector staff and University Students for a leading Counselling service provider.
I am an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society and a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP’s Ethical Framework which guides me at all times in ensuring that I work in the best interest of my clients. I also undertake monthly clinical supervision as advised by best practice guidelines.
The issues that I have supported clients with include:-
Anxiety, Panic attacks, Bereavement including Miscarriage and Bereavement through suicide, Trauma, Abuse, Work related stress, Depression, Family Issues, Infertility, Low self-Esteem, Self-harm and Relationship Breakdown.
I regularly update my practice with continuous professional development.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Each session costs £45 for individuals with payment made at the end of each session. ( Concession available for students) We will meet once a week and sessions last 50 minutes. Most clients come for between 6 and 10 counselling sessions but we will agree and review your needs as we work together. Sessions take place in Counselling rooms in Bangor in person or can be conducted over the phone or video call.
Available daytime Monday-Friday and some evenings by Arrangement.
You may be considering counselling but feel unsure about whether it’s the right thing for you at this time. Taking the first step can feel daunting but please feel free to get in touch with me for an initial chat. You can also contact me by email.