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I am a counsellor with a varied background such as Housing, working in schools and Social Care. As a counsellor I have worked with people who have suffered trauma due to domestic violence and abuse. I also work with children and young people who have learning disabilities and/or Autism. I have also worked with informal carers and young carers.
My aim is to give you space to explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions and for us to work together to find a way forward. I use person-centred therapy as I beleive that everyone can find the answer and a way forward that works for them. I am also currently training as a CBT therapist as I feel that a lot of people like to work towards a goal and CBT is a useful way to work in a structured way.
There is no pressure, we take it at your pace and importantly, there is no judgement on my part.
I Strongly believe that therapy works alongside you, it can truly work if you are open and willing to engage with it.
I offer you space and time to speak openly about what is bothering you. If you just need to be in a space where you can just be you, then this is the place to do just that.
Together we can look at improving things, in a way that will last, because it has come from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I made a choice to work in a therapeutic way using Person-Centred Therapy. I strongly believe that we all hold, within us, the ability to change. I believe that we are all capable of change in the right circumstances at the right time ( a time we have chosen)
Person-Centred therapy puts you at the heart of what we do. It allows you to express yourself in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
I have spent four years training to be a counsellor in person-centred Therapy. I have started training to be a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in June 2022 so that I can also bring this kind of therapy into my work if appropriate.
My background is in Housing and Social Care. I have worked with people face-to-face now for many years. Most of my working life in fact. I enjoy working with people immensely. I have learned so much about empathy and unconditional positive regard. I try to live my life this way now.
I continue to be as up to date as possible in regards to upcoming therapies and I continue to improve myself by taking courses and continuing my personal development both in training and in my own life.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 20 minute consultation for us to discuss your needs and to confirm that Person-centred Counselling is for you.
A counselling hour consists of 50 minutes with 10 minutes for the counsellor to write notes.
A counselling session is £40 for walk and talk (to include mileage), £35 for online or telephone counselling. Concessions as above. £40.00 for face to face sessions.
- Six sessions can be completed at a price of £200.00 - this is to be paid 5 days before your first session.
- If you feel you would like to continue after 6 sessions, then each session will be £35.00 per Counselling hour. There is also the option to book a further block of sessions with pricing set as above.
- I offer an hourly rate of £30.00 to students.
- I offer a reduced rate of £30.00 for anyone aged over 65.
- If you are currently unemployed or on a low income, we can discuss the fee and number of sessions prior to starting. (proof of benefits may be required)
I am currently able to accept Bank Transfer, payment via Sum up links, contactless or cheque. I accept cash or contactless payment if we meet for Walk and Talk.
When I work
What we can do together
Face to Face counselling sessions
I am able to offer face to face counselling from Thursday 07/04/22. I will be able to offer this on Thursdays only. I am very much looking forward to working with people face to face again.
Out In The Fresh Air
Walk and talk is a great way to get out into the fresh air and talk. Being in nature can be of great help to many and it doesn’t feel so stuffy as speaking in an office environment. We would need to be mindful that this is your personal life being discussed and we will need to be confidential.
I have spoken to and counselled many people over the phone. I have found that this has been a choice of many people for various reasons. It has worked well and has the added advantage of you not having to leave your home. Please be mindful though, that you need your privacy and need to be alone and not overheard. I will always ensure that no one can overhear us.
Online - Video Link
Zoom has been a useful tool for me in recent years. We would be able to see each other as we work together and I have seen no difference to working on zoom as working face-to-face.
I may be able to do a home visit, depending on where you are and subject to a risk assessment, there will be a charge for fuel costs based on distance.
To Protect You
I am an individual member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists - information about the BACP can be found at bacp.co.uk
The BACP promotes and develops safe, ethical and competent practice in counselling and psychotherapy. They are raising professional standards, supporting clients and dealing with complaints about poor or unethical practice.
How Long I Retain Your Data
I will retain your Clinical notes for a period of 5 years after we have completed our counselling sessions. This is in line with the requirements of my Insurance via Holistic Insurance and in line with current guidelines from GDPR.
What Rights You Have Over Your Data
I am a sole trader and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office - The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
Your data would only be disclosed in the event of a request from the Court to provide evidence. Please note that this is different from the reasons for breaking confidentiality.