Building a safe, non-judgmental and empathic relationship with you is central to my work. Sometimes it can be hard to turn to family or friends, perhaps you feel they won’t understand; that you might be a burden to them. Perhaps you don’t have anyone with whom you can speak openly and freely, or just want to speak to an ‘outsider’.
I have found that a counselling relationship can help you resolve your difficulties and move forward with your life. Exploring your concerns together can help you gain new understanding and insight into your life; assured of confidentiality, free from judgement. You may find this process helps you to find your own answers - there may simply be a huge sense of relief as you share your troubles.
Through counselling, people have found many tangible benefits. These can include:
- Processing difficult thoughts and feelings
- Making sense of experiences that have been painful and confusing
- Improving self-esteem and self-confidence; finding an inner strength to cope with life circumstances
- Decreasing levels of anxiety and depression;
- Positively enhancing personal and professional relationships
- Increasing confidence to make decisions involving life changes, big or small;
- Enhancing your awareness and developing coping strategies
It is the relationship we create together that can enable you to find a way forward. Sharing your personal world may be difficult to embark upon but in my experience it can - and does make a real difference.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor, using the Humanistic, Person Centred approach. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) adhering to their Ethical Framework, and working towards full Accreditation. I also hold a Post-Qualifying Certificate in Therapeutic Group Facilitation.
I have been counselling adults and young people since 2009, for charities and voluntary agencies, and more recently in private practice. I have also worked for counselling agencies in a managerial and administrative capacity.
Alongside my counselling practice, I am a registered trainer for Cruse Bereavement Care, training volunteers to support bereaved people. I run workshops for members of the public, and provide corporate training for companies and organisations wishing to learn more about supporting bereaved people in their line of work.
Prior to training as a counsellor I worked for many years as a senior manager in a public service industry.
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 per session; £35 for students and retired people.
Some concessions are available for those in genuine hardship - please contact me for details.
To ensure I offer a professional service to all my clients I have regular supervision, undertake regular training and development activities (Continuing Professional Development), and hold Professional Liability Insurance.
Free on-site parking is available at my room in Brentford, as well as good public transport links.
If you would like further information or wish to ask any questions, I would be pleased to answer them.
Please call 07813 885 747 or send me an email, both of which will receive a prompt response.