Hello, thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I believe that most people can benefit from having some counselling, from being with someone who truly listens to your unique experience, understands it and helps you to understand it too.
There may be lots of reasons why you are looking at this website, you might be facing difficulties and worries in your emotional life, be feeling distressed and needing help with a specific issue, struggling to come to terms with a traumatic event or loss, or perhaps seeking a clearer perspective on your life, on making choices and on how to move towards a more positive future.
As your therapist I would never assume to be be more expert on you than you are, yet at times it can be difficult to understand our own thought processes, responses and patterns.
I believe all people have the capacity and resources to grow and change. As an active and participative listener, and by offering gentle and respectful challenges I aim to help promote a better understanding of self, new perspectives, and life changes.
Here is what I offer;
- Over 10 years of experience as a therapist
- 10 years experience as a counselling trainer and lecturer
- Clinical supervision
- Advanced Diploma in person centred counselling
- Diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy
- On-going additional training and development in all areas listed below
- BACP Accredited member
- Warm, non-judgemental approach
I specialise in both long and short term therapy, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and have successfully worked with a wide range of issues, including:
Anxiety, panic, relationship problems, stress, depression, anger, sexual issues, abuse, eating disorders, OCD, phobias, trauma, loss, self-esteem issues, addiction, self-development, insomnia.
My clinic is in Farnham, Surrey. This location is easy to access from many Hampshire towns and villages, including Hook, Odiham, Fleet, Farnborough, Basingstoke, Hartley Wintney, Aldershot.
Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling
Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Diploma in Supervision
Certificate in counselling children and young people
Certificate in counselling survivors of sexual abuse
Certificate in Mindfulness
Certificate in Couples counselling
Accredited member of British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited member of National Counselling Society
What is Counselling?
Counselling offers you a regular space and time to talk or think about your worries or difficulties.
It can help you to explore your feelings, and to look at ways in which you can make changes in your life.
This might include talking about your significant life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour.
How can you benefit from counselling?
You may be considering counselling because you are distressed and needing help with a specific problem, but you do not have to be in a crisis to embark of counselling sessions.
You may want help to look at yourself and your issues in an open and honest way in order to gain a greater understanding of yourself, greater confidence, and empowerment to move forward with your life more effectively.
As your therapist……
The building of a relationship based on trust is one of the most important factors in the effectiveness of your counselling sessions.
As a qualified counsellor, I am trained to listen openly and empathically to you as you share experiences and concerns.
My role is not to advise you or push you into a particular course of action, or to judge you in any way. Instead I will support you with the problems you are facing, help you identify the right course of action for you, help you develop a better understanding of yourself and others, and a better ability to manage stress and anxiety.
What can you expect from a counselling session?
At your first session you will be given information about session length and frequency, confidentiality and cancellation policy.
You will also be given information about what I can offer you as your therapist, and be asked about what you would like to get from therapy, your hopes, your goals and perhaps your fears.
During sessions you will be encouraged to explore the problems you are struggling with, and express your associated thoughts and feelings.
Your counselling process and your experience of counselling will be unique to you, and will be dependent on your own aims for the sessions, and the commitment you make to this sometimes painful, but extremely rewarding process.
My counselling room is discreet, safe and comfortable, I think of it as an oasis of calm in the centre of the town.
I have experience in working with both adults and young people.
I am also a lecturer in counselling at a further education college. I believe that my teaching work continually informs and develops my counselling skills and practice.
In addition I am part of significant research projects being conducted to evidence the benefits of therapy and to increase the accessibility of therapy.
I receive regular clinical supervision to ensure good practise and maintain ethical principles.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CPCAB Diploma in Supervision
Certificate in counselling children and young people
Certificate in counselling adult survivors of child sexual abuse
Certificate in Mindfulness
Certificate in Gestalt Therapy
- Certificate in couples counselling
- EFT practitioner
I have experience gained in:
Rape Crisis (Domestic violence and abuse)
EAP (work place counselling)
I have successfully worked with clients suffering from the following:
Relationship breakdown, Bereavement, PTSD, Addictions, Historic abuse, Domestic violence, Illness, Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Eating disorders, Self-harming, Low self esteem, Work issues, Stress, Family issues, PND, Relationship difficulties, Personal Development
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
My fee for individuals is £55.00 for a 50 minute session.
My fee for couples is £65.00 for a 50 minute session.
My fee for supervision is £90 for 90 minute Supervision session
However, if cost is holding you back, do call me as concessions may be negotiated in certain circumstances.
When I work
Weekdays and evenings
My areas of special interest are working with abuse, trauma, anxiety, young people, relationship issues, self esteem issues, attachment issues