Are you experiencing depression, anxiety or an anxiety disorder such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) or panic? Maybe you are having relationship difficulties or experiencing the pain of loss or bereavement. Counselling is proven to be effective in overcoming these issues. As a counsellor, I explore with a client their problems, examining possible origins and then work with that individual to find ways to affect positive changes to feelings and behaviours. I have worked with clients who have experienced breakthrough from years of torment, simply by listening to them without judgement, using different counselling approaches to help them unravel what it is that may be keeping them from finding fulfilment in life, and encouraging them to makes changes that will help them.
As a professional counsellor, accredited with the BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) I want to use my skills to help you make sense of what is happening and find ways through your issues that work for you. I am an integrative counsellor which means I use different, proven psychotherapeutic theoretical approaches adapted to your needs to help you achieve the results you desire.
For counselling to be effective, it is important you feel comfortable with your counsellor to build a strong, collaborative and genuine connection. My clients always comment on how relaxed and at ease they feel talking to me, even though they might have been initially nervous about having counselling. Building a trusting relationship is at the heart of what I offer my clients, so why not make the decision today and book a no obligation initial assessment session and find out more about how counselling could help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Distinction having trained through an NHS service. Since then I have gained a further post-graduate Diploma in Evidence-based Psychotherapies from the University of Reading.
I have diverse counselling experience having worked in different counselling settings including for the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (IAPT). More recently, I have worked with terminally ill patients and their families in a hospice.
I continue to keep abreast of developments in counselling and psychotherapy and take my personal development seriously so that I can continue to offer my clients the latest, most effective tools available to support them. Here are some of the courses I have attended recently:
- Eastern philosophical approaches to loss and suffering for psychotherapists.
- Theoretical models of bereavement and loss.
- Using standardised questionnaires and measures in counselling.
- Suicidal ideation and self-harm.
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
My fees are as follows:
- £30 for an assessment
- £40 for each 50 minute counselling session
- Special rates for counselling students on request.