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MBACP (Reg), M.A. (Counselling)

About me

Welcome, and Respect! for considering having some counselling. It takes a bit of courage to have got this far. The uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is a lot for we humans to deal with, and these have been anxious times for many. I am currently offering counselling via telephone, or online using  Zoom, as well as offering face to face meetings, and walk-and-talk sessions in the open air. With the effects of the pandemic still being felt, I've decided to offer initial sessions at a reduced rate of £25. You might find that this could turn into an opportunity to do some self-exploration that's long overdue. 

People can have a stereotype of counselling as something that's only for 'deeply troubled' people. We tell ourselves 'Surely I can sort this out myself?' and 'If I just carry on maybe this problem will go away....' We're all deeply troubled at one time or another. Some of us drink or use other drugs to help us cope, which might work o.k. for a while, but has quite a few drawbacks as a long-term answer. Talking things out with someone who has taken a lot of time and effort to learn how to really listen, someone who is honest with us, and accepts us, and tries very hard to understand what the world looks like from inside our skin, that's another way of going about things that doesn't have the side effects. Not that it's easy - you'll need more of that courage - but a lot of people find it helps a lot. It’s a place to get your head straight.

I was a teacher for many years, and changed career because I wanted to take time to listen when students wanted to talk about what was really on their minds. As a Person-Centred counsellor I believe that inside ourselves we have not only the answers to our problems but also the capacity to grow and blossom. It's my job to be alongside you while you bring your answers out into the daylight, and to do all I can to provide the right conditions for that growth.

Maybe you feel that worry or lack of confidence is ruining your life. Maybe you've lost a loved one and don't think you'll ever feel happy again. Perhaps you've been badly let down in a relationship, or are struggling to keep one going, or have never been given the love we all need to thrive. Could be you're just sick to death of feeling sad and scared. These are the kinds of things people bring. Counselling is a place where you can talk over your situation, relationships, thoughts and feelings. I won’t judge you or advise you, (although I might occasionally make a suggestion) I'll just listen – really listen – and accept you for who you are.

I'm a registered member of the BACP, the professional organization for counsellors, and I work by the rules in their Ethical Framework. I believe very much that people need to be out in nature regularly if they're to feel good, so I work from Stuart's Stable, a therapeutic centre in the Shropshire countryside. I counsel in the centre's Mongolian yurt, which is heated by a log-burning stove and therefore cosy all year round. Maybe you liked the look of it in my profile picture? I hope you'll come and check it out for yourself.

Which brings us to the next step, which I know is a lot more difficult, the actual getting in touch. Give me a call or a text, or drop me an email, and I'll do all I can to make it as easy as possible for you. If you're agreeable we can arrange to meet up for a preliminary chat about the work we might do together. This initial assessment is charged at a lower rate than a normal session according to your income, with a fee of £25, as mentioned above.

Whether you decide to get in touch with me or not, I really hope and pray that you'll continue with your search. This is your one life. Don't settle for unhappiness.

Training, qualifications & experience

B.A. (psychology) 1982
M.A. (counselling) 2012
Counselling experience:
Telford College of Arts and Technology Counselling and Support Area
Confide Counselling Service, Shrewsbury
Telford Mind Counselling Service

Private practice since January 2013

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Climate anxiety

Fees

Additional information

My fee is £40 for an hour's session, £30 for students and £25 for those on benefits.

However, if this is a problem I don't want you to give up on the idea of engaging with this potentially life-changing work because you don't think you can afford it. This is particularly important in the current climate of scarce NHS funding and long waiting lists. So if money is short, do please get in touch, then we can have a conversation and find a way forward.

When I work

Weekdays; some evening appointments available.

Further information

If you prefer I have further counselling rooms available at Broseley Methodist Church and at St. Georges Methodist Church in Telford.

Stuart's Stable, Dean Corner Farmhouse, Broseley, Shropshire, TF12 5JH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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