For clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues and other personal difficulties, I offer a confidential service. I see individuals & couples. We can meet for an assessment session to build rapport and then meet for a minimum of 6 counselling sessions. Counselling can be on-going, in which case we will review progress periodically. Some discounts may be available in cases of hardship.
Clients that I see come from diverse cultural backgrounds with very individual needs. These commonly include issues including generalised anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self esteem, recovering from affairs and betrayal, bereavement, addiction, SAD, OCD and problematic behaviour or emotions. I do not make assumptions or judgements and work to create a genuine therapeutic relationship.
My approach is person centred and I also make due of other approaches including CBT. I will treat you individually and respect you by listening carefully to you and trying to understand how you see things. In this way I focus on getting in touch with your thoughts and feelings.
You may wonder if you can express yourself and I understand that opening up to someone new may seem like a daunting task, but often even after an assessment session clients have told me how good it feels to be really listened to. My role is to help you through the counselling process so that you become more able to make and act upon your own decisions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I will put you at ease in a safe space where you will not be judged or made to feel uncomfortable. I will respect you as a person whatever your beliefs or cultural heritage whilst maintaining my own integrity.
I have gained a level 3 Certificate and a level 4 Diploma (both issued by AQA) following studies at Brockenhurst College, Hampshire. I have further certificates in integrative counselling, bereavement counselling from the Institute of Counselling. I have passed the BACP registration test which demonstrates safe practice. I have a certificate in family & couple counselling (Institute of Counselling 2015).I have continued my development by attending a level 5 course in Therapeutic Counselling and am currently engaged on a Life Coaching Diploma course.
My counselling experience includes work with Counselling Together (an independent charity) and NHS funded work with a community group in Walsall. I also have a small private practice. I ask clients to complete a feedback form at the conclusion of counselling and have received very good feedback and most clients report significant improvement.
I use my counselling knowledge and skills, extensive experience of working pastorally with people, my own life experience and where appropriate my gentle sense of humour to demonstrate empathy, put you at ease, help you to say what you wish to gain from counselling, and eventually to challenge unhealthy thinking and help you to map the way forward.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Supervision offered to Counselling students and qualified Counsellors.
Fees on sliding scale.
Standard fee: £50.
Concessions offered for
Daytimes or evenings as mutually convenient. Availability may vary e.g. for shift workers and family commitments.
Please contact me if you want me to work with you on your own issues whatever they are, including abuse, affairs & betrayals, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, body image, career issues, couple issues, depression, family issues, domestic violence, generalised anxiety disorder, low self esteem, low self confidence, mental health, OCD, panic disorder, postnatal depression, relationship issues, seasonal affective depression (sad).
I have Diploma in life coaching and EMDR.