I value uniqueness, trust, truth and honesty, taking responsibility, hard work and persistence, and having faith in yourself despite what others say. I believe its ok to speak our truth and indeed, it’s important to be heard. I believe we all have the power to heal ourselves and that instinctively we know what is right for us. My role as a therapist is to work together, with you, to explore how you feel about what has brought you to this point, and how you can get to where you want to be. I don’t offer advice, I am not afraid of emotions, and I respect your pace. I can offer the support needed to give you breathing space. I believe we are all connected in some way and that impossible things are possible.
At times, life may challenge us and leave us questioning ourselves and the circumstances that have brought us to this very place and situation. We may feel confused by the many emotions such challenges generate, and it is not always easy to identify what those emotions are.
There are many reasons a person may seek counselling. Life transition changes, such as the pain of loss of a loved one, or the whirlpool of emotions surrounding a divorce, or just trying to navigate your way through life can cause confusion and emotions that become too much. Our deeper emotion can be masked by other emotions. Perhaps your thoughts are going round and round or you are questioning what is happening in your career. Or maybe you are reflecting back - did you lose something you deeply regret, or are holding on to something you wish you weren’t? Some people look to counselling to simply understand themselves better and improve their way of being.
The idea of therapy may seem daunting. We ask ourselves “can I trust someone with this?” maybe questioning “what will they think?” Or perhaps you’re at your wits end - “I need to talk to someone!” It takes great courage to admit this to yourself and reach out another person, and you deserve credit for taking that first step.
I am a qualified, non-judgemental, Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor as I recognise that different people benefit from different approaches. I work primarily using a Humanistic approach with Person Centred, as well as Psychodynamic therapy. I am also a mixed race/culture therapist, my work on accepting my own identity has enabled me to truly appreciate every person’s uniqueness and their own view of their world. Whatever it is you are suffering, I offer a safe space for you to explore what is bothering you.
I practice the BACP code of ethics, and I promise: to hear you, to respect you, and to work with you with your best interests at heart.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Dip. Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB, I am a registered member MBACP and practice the BACP code of ethics. I work from different theoretical perspectives and combine different approaches depending on what works best for you.
As well as seeing clients privately, I work with a bereavement agency and clients working through grief and loss, as well as with older people who are in the process of reflecting back on life and reconciling with themselves. I am also working in a secondary school seeing students who are experiencing various issues including identity, anxiety, depression, gender and sexuality.
I am trained in Sand tray Therapy and undertake regular training to improve my practice and the work I do with you.
I have completed a Foundation Course in Clinical Hypnotherapy and am currently undertaking my Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
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
I charge £50 per session, with some limited sessions available for concessions at £35, depending on circumstance.