Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and it can be hard to know how to move forward. You might be struggling with something that's happening now or finding yourself being affected by things from your past. Perhaps you've been feeling sad or anxious lately, or just not quite feeling yourself.
As a counsellor I can offer you a safe, respectful and supportive relationship where you can explore your experiences and feel heard. Together we can look at whatever challenges you're facing, whatever feels difficult or frightening, and find a way through.
Counselling is a very personal process and it's important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor, so I offer a free initial telephone call which gives you the opportunity to get a feel for what it might be like working together, before you make a decision about booking a session. Please feel free to get in touch with me if this is something you'd like to arrange.
(Please note due to social distancing restrictions I am currently only offering remote counselling sessions, via video call or telephone.)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post-graduate Diploma and Masters qualification in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training).
I work mostly from a person-centred perspective but I may bring in other counselling approaches where I think these might be helpful. I believe there's always more for me to learn so I regularly access training and development opportunities.
I have experience as a counsellor working in schools and charities with young people and adults, where I have worked with a broad range of issues impacting on emotional and mental well-being. Before I was a counsellor I worked in mental health and learning disability settings for many years.
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
Following a free telephone consultation, session fees are £45 per 50 minute session, however I am open to talking about individual circumstances as I know many people have been financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.