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Registered Member MBACP (Accred)

About me

Welcome to my profile.  If something in your life is causing you distress, whether it be a current situation or a past experience, I offer a safe and confidential space where you can begin to explore your feelings and thoughts, at your pace.  I aim to understand your world from your point of view by listening without judgement.  I bring warmth, patience and encouragement in order to support you, and to help you move forward.

I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  As such, I work within the organisation's Ethical Framework.  My approach is humanistic and integrative and I offer both short and long-term counselling to individuals at Oldland Common on the Eastern fringe of Bristol.  I also offer sessions via online webcam (Zoom) or by telephone.  I am usually able to offer either day or evening appointments.

My background is in training and development.  I worked for several large companies before running a training consultancy.  I first became interested in working therapeutically as a counsellor after completing a psychology degree, which led me to my own therapeutic journey.

I believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is crucial to the success of therapy.  I offer a reduced fee for the initial session in recognition of the importance for you in ensuring that I am the right counsellor for you, and that I am able to offer what you are seeking.

If you have questions, or are interested in coming to see me for counselling please contact me by email or phone.  If you leave a message I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (pass with distinction)
  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) training at levels 1 and 2
  • Qualification in Online Counselling (OCST4 Audio and Webcam)
  • CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
  • BSc.(Hons) Psychology

I worked as a counsellor for a bereavement charity for several years. In addition to grief and loss, I have worked with clients bringing issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, loss of self esteem, confidence or direction, difficulties at work and in relationships, life transitions, self harm and stress. I also have experience of working with young people in a secondary school setting and have worked with people from many different backgrounds, ranging in age from early teens to early 80s.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

My fee is £45 per 50-minute session. 

My fee for an initial session is £25

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday and Tuesday 9am-8pm
Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm

Further information

I'm currently offering remote sessions either online (Zoom) or by telephone.  Face-to-face indoor sessions are also available with COVID precautions in place.  These take place in a light and spacious room in Oldland Common,  South Gloucestershire. The location is convenient for bus routes and parking is available on-street.  In addition, I do have some availability for 'walk and talk' sessions in an outdoor setting that could take place after we have met for at least 1 session online, and had an opportunity to talk through whether this might be suitable.


Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS30

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor location with 1 step at entrance. I also offer online sessions via Zoom or by telephone.

Online platforms

Zoom