Hello, I offer counselling and psychotherapy to people experiencing personal distress, those seeking greater life direction and anyone who feels talking about a particular situation in a neutral and positive setting might be helpful.
I work on the basis of seeking to facilitate understanding and insight. This is achieved through careful discussion of whatever it is that is of concern. The process is collaborative and explorative and there is an ongoing attempt to see things in the context of the 'whole person' (rather than the sometimes limiting lens of the problem).
In practice this might mean reflecting on / considering important life experiences, your values, what's meaningful to you, what you hope for from life and ultimately who you are.
Through this it is realistic to expect:
● relief from troubling thoughts and feelings
● greater perspective and clarity
● and, gradually, an easier relationship with yourself and enhanced capacity to navigate life's ebb and flow
This does however require effort on the part of the individual which may include facing difficulty, a high degree of personal honesty and assuming greater personal responsibility.
Throughout my intentions are:
● to create an environment where you will feel respected and supported in exploring whatever it is that you want
● to hear and understand you at a level of depth so that in turn you may hear and understand yourself more completely and with greater appreciation
● to communicate clearly and straightforwardly so that you are informed and empowered
If this sounds right for you or even if you're curious to know more then please do not hesitate to get in touch:
Telephone: 07926 204 547
I aim to respond to all enquiries within 1 working day. If you phone and I do not answer please leave a message or send a text, I will come back to you!
I have set out more details below (appointment information, what to expect / what not to expect, the areas I work with and some background on me).
● £40 for a 1 hour appointment. £20 cancellation.
● Appointments are 1 hour long
● When: weekdays daytime and evenings
● Where: Parc Menai, near Bangor (there is free parking available and a bus service).
● Notice: it's usually possible to offer an appointment for the following week i.e. if you contact me in week 1 an appointment will be possible in week 2. Subject to my availability appointments at shorter notice may also be possible.
What to expect / What not to expect
1 session should be enough for you to determine whether how I work might be helpful for you however (providing you find the first session reasonably useful) 2 - 3 sessions is probably required to get a proper feel for the process. And maybe even successfully address whatever it is that you 'bring'. 5 - 8 sessions should be enough to make good progress (accepting that this might mean something different for everyone) and 10 or more should provide an opportunity to grasp and start addressing something longstanding in nature.
These figures are intended as a guide only as everyone will be different; there is no right way to 'do' therapy!
I do not provide techniques or ways to stop people thinking something and I will not advise you about what to do in a given situation (I will though seek to bring attention to what it is that perhaps contributes to a difficult situation).
Outcomes will typically be more 'process' rather than 'goal' in nature. In other words a situation or aspect may remain but your relationship or perspective on it is likely to have shifted such that it feels less than it was or that addressing it is much more achievable.
Lastly, if you have suffered with something for a long time then an 'overnight' cure is unlikely. Rather, effort, persistence and faith may be important allies.
Areas I work with
The quick answer is all. This is not however a glib statement, it is intended to reflect the idea that difficulty or distress is a manifestation of something underlying that is amiss. So while people might communicate their difficulty or distress differently (for example anxiety, depression, aggression or compulsive behaviour) they are actually saying something more fundamental about how they see their life, who they are and their needs.
This is however a particular view of mental health / psychological functioning and I would always seek to honour and prioritise how you see things. As such I have ticked (in the 'Areas of counselling I deal with' section below) the areas that hopefully most closely represent the experiences of those I have worked with.
It's also worth saying that different people mean different things when they say they feel depressed or whatever term is being used to describe their state or experience. It therefore follows that even if a therapist has worked with people presenting with, say, low mood that does not mean they will know how things are or what might be useful for the next person who also presents with low mood.
At all points I will though be seeking to ensure that what I'm offering is appropriate i.e. it continues to address your concern(s). Where this is not the case I would raise this with you and decide on the most suitable way forward, this might mean considering a different type of psychotherapy or onward referral.
I trained in person-centred and experiential counselling and psychotherapy and this forms the basis for how I work. I am a qualified and registered counsellor and psychotherapist and member of the BACP.
I have worked in an NHS General Practice, a charity supporting people who have suffered sexual abuse and currently work on a private practice basis. My experience therefore spans a broad range of distress and problems.
Training, qualifications & experience
See 'background' section just above.
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
£40 for a 1 hour appointment.
£20 cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is payable if you cancel with notice of less than a day or you do not turn up.