Having time solely for oneself can sometimes feel a luxury. Processing experiences and events, thoughts and feelings, may happen more positively when we have the time to reflect.
The therapeutic relationship; that between client and therapist, can be a safe space in which to explore thoughts and feelings. It can sometimes take time to identify deeper, perhaps more painful issues, but I aim to enable you to find your way through your own process whilst offering an approach tailored for your unique needs.
I offer integrative counselling to individuals. In addition I offer mental health support and coaching for a wide range of mental health issues and diagnosed psychiatric disorders.
I offer mental health coaching tailored to individual needs and desires, very much rooted in an holistic approach to self-care well-being. My scope encompasses body work, Mindfulness practices and guided meditation. I have a particular interest in spiritual crisis, trauma, and relationship issues.
I am a trainee Cognitive Analytic Therapist and will additionally use this approach where it is indicated.
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, and work part time on an acute psychiatric unit. 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.
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 Sweettrack 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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer 55 minute sessions for £45. If you are on low income or unwaged, I offer some spaces on a sliding scale starting at £25. Please contact me for further information.