Life is challenging. Sometimes even the pleasant things we celebrate can cause us to feel swamped and full of mixed feelings we would rather avoid. It's sometimes hard to talk to anyone about them. Even harder to talk to a stranger.
Whether you're looking to understand your thoughts and feelings, the dynamics of your relationships, or are just feeling stuck, I can help you explore your world and build new understanding. Through our sessions, I will gently challenge and bring focus to the difficult areas of your life and help you find some answers.
As a mother of a grown-up daughter, and someone who has been through my own emotional distress, I know about that critical voice in your head telling you to get a grip, get on with it, stop being stuck. Learning about myself through counselling has given me a fresh perspective and personal insight into how family and life traumas interconnect, and what part I played within these dynamics. Understanding how I got to where I am now, helps me to look at the future with new awareness.
It’s not my place to judge you but to help you through your difficult time at your pace, not mine, to work alongside you and be a guide to where you want to be. And if you’re unsure what that is, that’s okay. Maybe you know how you might work best. You may want some direction, or to lead the way. I can share some ideas with you and we’ll work it out together. With regular reviews, we can work together and agree on the way forward.
Counselling can help you make better sense of what's happening in your life. I can accompany you through the difficult thoughts and emotions to help you arrive at a more comfortable and empowered place in your life. Through counselling, I can help you recover perspective, and discover the balance that you are seeking in your life. I look forward to meeting you.
Sessions are available face-to-face, or via remote video or telephone. I am using ‘Zoom’ for online video sessions. We can talk through any concerns you have about security and confidentiality.
Please get in touch for a telephone consultation if you are looking for counselling, or if you have questions about the process of counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP Registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (No. 50989)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Amersham & Wycombe College
- Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling, Reading College
- Certificate in Counselling Young People, Reading
- ACTO Online Counselling - Fully qualified to work online
- Secondary school counsellor
- 15 years counselling young people in Reading
- Mental Health First Aider
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
I have a special interest in loss, be it losing a loved one, loss of a job, identity in a relationship, miscarriage, or any other feelings of loss. We need to find space to grieve our losses before we can move forward with them as part of our lives.
I am also a trauma-informed counsellor, meaning I understand the impact of events in our lives that can leave us with symptoms of PTSD. I will never seek to bring the trauma into focus if I feel it isn't beneficial to you, but I will help you address the areas in which it is causing you problems.
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
- £55 per 50-minutes face-to-face or online sessions
Payment by bank transfer or PayPal after each session
Flexible appointments available
What happens in the first session:
After an initial call to discuss your needs, we will book our first session together. In this session, I will ask many questions so I can better understand how to help. Questions such as;
1. What has brought you to counselling?
2. Your personal history and current situation.
3. I will ask about your family situation so I can get a better sense of you and your roles in your surrounding relationships.
4. How is your issue affecting your life now, and in the past?
Have a think about this beforehand if you can, but if not, that's OK. We can work through this together. This is a 2-way relationship, so I want you to ask questions too. It might feel daunting, but all your thoughts and feelings are relevant to our sessions together, so try to be as open as you can.
Towards the end of the session, I'll summarise what you've told me, to check my understanding. I may ask what you will do after this session. It's important you look after yourself and take some time to process how you feel.
Before we decide on future sessions, I will ask you to consider the following;
1. Am I comfortable with this counsellor?
2. Is this someone I could come to trust?
This is crucial to our work together. I want the best for you, and if that's seeing a different counsellor, that is the right thing to do.
Please let me know if you want more information on what happens in our first session. I am more than happy to talk this through on the phone.