New Year, New Perspective! Now is the time to live Your Best Life! What is stopping you from trusting the flow? I'm offering coaching with an emphasis on supporting you to let go of blocks, restrictive thinking and self sabotaging strategies. It's time to break free!
I also offer you the opportunity to take precious, reflective time for yourself. Having time solely for oneself can sometimes feel like a luxury. It can also feel overwhelming and provoke anxiety. Processing emotions and thoughts may happen more positively when we have time to reflect. Reflecting involves consciously checking in with our thoughts, feelings, motivations, reactions, motivations and responses. This can feel challenging and uncomfortable. Being able to reflect on difficult or intense 'stuff' is often the key to being able to move on, gain clarity, make more empowered choices and gain awareness of one's own strengths. Reflection enables us to identify our own issues ('what's mine, what's yours') and create safe boundaries, which are important when forming healthy, compassionate relationships with our self and with others. We gain valuable insight into our emotional blind spots.
The therapeutic relationship; that between client and therapist, can be a safe space in which to talk, be heard, and reflect, explore and identify ways to feel better. I aim to help you find your way through your own process whilst offering an approach tailored for your unique needs.
I offer integrative counselling to individuals which includes skills learned as a cognitive analytical therapist and from compassion focused therapy. In addition I offer mental health support and coaching for a wide range of mental health issues and psychiatric disorders.
I offer mental health coaching tailored to individual needs and desires, rooted in an holistic approach to self-care, which includes linking mind and body and examining how we store our emotional distress and trauma in the physical body. My scope encompasses body work, Mindfulness practices and guided meditation. I have a particular interest in spiritual crisis, trauma, and relationship issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a mental health practitioner for over 30 years, having qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1989. I gained my CPCAB diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2015. I have volunteered for Mind as a counsellor. My experience encompasses working with people with a wide range of mental health issues, including drug and alcohol problems, psychosis, anxiety and depression, PND, eating disorders, with people with Personality disorders and BPD, with those in the forensic services, adolescents, people with dementia, and brain injury, to name a few.
My most recent NHS posts have been on an acute mental health in-patient ward, as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist, and as a member of a Home Treatment /Crisis Team.
I maintain an interest in Sexuality, and studied psychoanalytic feminist theory, sex work, and gender issues whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.
I have taught on the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling Skills courses at the Sweet Track Counselling Centre in Glastonbury, Somerset.
I am currently training as a Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner with the NHS for whom I see clients. I am a member of the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
CAT stands for Cognitive Analytic Therapy; a collaborative programme for looking at the way a person thinks, feels and acts, and the events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £30.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
New Year, New Perspective! I'm offering a range of options to empower and support Your Life. From coaching to specialised mental health input, counselling and therapy. Costs per session range from £30 to £45 per hour. 6 counselling/ coaching sessions booked and paid for in advance will cost £235.
Availability is flexible.
Please contact me via email. It would be helpful if you would give a very general outline of why you wish to have counselling. I am keen to offer short term support for issues such as stress and anxiety, particularly arising from relationships or employment, covid, school/college, isolation, and issues related to the general political climate.