At times life can be tough to deal with on our own. You may be suffering a loss, finding a relationship difficult, experiencing anxiety or feeling isolated and alone. You may be looking to find someone to help you through the continuing impact of the pandemic. Whatever your reasons for seeking support at this time, I believe counselling can help you find a way through the difficulties you face to discover more freeing and fulfilling ways of living.
That first step to finding a counsellor can be a challenging one but it is a step that could make a positive and lasting difference to your life. The most important thing is finding a counsellor who is right for you, who you can trust and relate to easily and who you have confidence will be able to help you.
I am a professionally qualified, experienced Integrative counsellor with a solid background of life experience and human relating. I understand about what we sometimes have to face in life and how that can affect us. I care about people, enjoy helping people and consider it a privilege and a responsibility being alongside my clients as they share with me their inner world. I offer a warm, non-judgemental counselling space where you will be listened to thoughtfully and sensitively, so that you feel heard and safe to explore your personal concerns and feelings within this confidential setting.
How Counselling Can Help
My integrative approach enables me to support and value you as an individual in a way that puts you and your needs at the centre. You may want to work through a specific problem or crisis, or need support to resolve painful feelings, anxiety or inner conflict. Counselling will help you make sense of what is happening in your life, ease emotional distress, reduce anxiety and help shift 'stuck' feelings and situations. It will help you understand yourself better and may also help you understand how aspects from your past are influencing your present. It will help you get through the tough time and find effective ways of coping and moving forward.
I have worked successfully with adults and young people across a broad range of client issues including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and various types of loss, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, offering short or longer term therapeutic counselling for individuals.
Please visit my website if you would like more information about me, the way I practise and how counselling can help - www.bournecounselling.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I enjoy working with people of all backgrounds within my private counselling practice. I have specialised experience working with young people as a Visiting Counsellor at The Arts University Bournemouth where for many years I supported students through concerns such as loneliness, bullying, exam pressure, low self-esteem, loss of relationship, bereavement, gender dysphoria, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, self-harm and disordered eating. I have also been a Mentor at a local school working 1-to-1 helping students grow and develop their potential. During my training I was a counsellor for Cruse Dorset, supporting people of all ages who had been bereaved and now continue this work in my private practice.
I am committed to my ongoing professional development and undertake regular psychotherapy and counselling CPD throughout the year to expand and update my knowledge and best practice.
- MBACP Registered Counsellor
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, The Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
(My research dissertation for the BCPC Diploma explored Relational Attachment and Endings)
- BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills including Transactional Analysis 101 (Peter Symonds College ACE)
- BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Concepts (Peter Symonds College ACE)
- BA History (with Honours US)
- Trained in Bereavement Care, Cruse
- Trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trained in Client Assessment
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
Concessions offered for
My fee is £40 for a session lasting an hour. Our initial meeting would be an opportunity to explore what brings you to counselling at this particular time in your life and to see if counselling with me would be helpful to you. I normally see clients on a weekly basis and see the value of having a regular commitment to counselling as a process, however I also offer flexible appointments.
I work with adults and young people from 18 years of age and hold full professional indemnity insurance.
My counselling work is supervised on a monthly basis, in strict confidentiality, which is a requirement of the BACP and ensures that I work in a safe, appropriate and ethical manner.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, I hope it gives you an idea of the sort of counsellor and person I am, and I look forward to hearing from you.