Thank you for viewing my profile. It’s good you are taking steps towards getting some help or support for whatever is causing you to feel you need to speak to someone. Whether that someone is myself, or another counsellor, I am pleased you have taken the first step towards trying to change your current circumstances.
No one should have to struggle alone and I hope I can help you to see that ‘talking therapy’ is a great way to deal with many and varied difficulties we all face in one way or another.
Counselling can be beneficial for anyone who wants to explore the difficulties or disruptive thoughts, feelings or behaviours they experience, which they so far have not managed to solve by themselves or with others.
I genuinely believe that counselling, as a talking therapy, can be beneficial for anyone who needs to work through any problem, difficulty or vulnerability they may be experiencing.
Through my privileged position as a counsellor, I have developed a therapeutic relationship with individuals to talk through what is causing them discomfort. From working out a minor problem to making a major life decision; dealing with difficult relationships, loss or grief to various abusive or mental health problems. Whatever the issue, it will matter to me because it matters to you.
Counselling provides a space where we can focus on enabling you, the client, to find your own solutions based on the reality of your life.
What I Offer
Through counselling I will offer you a safe, welcoming space to be heard, where your doubts, fears, anxieties and vulnerabilities can be shared, acknowledged and respected in a confidential, empathic and supportive environment.
As a humanistic integrative counsellor, I see people as whole beings, consisting of mind, body, emotions and spirit and I choose to explore the whole of you as a person, focusing on understanding your life and experiencing from your unique viewpoint, without preconceived judgements and paying attention to the immediate here and now of your life in an empathic and respectful manner.
I offer both short term counselling to work through a specific issue or psychotherapy, a longer term therapy to allow the exploration of deeper issues.
Together we can explore how difficulties manifest themselves in the concrete details of your life. The issues that confront you take place within the wider context of the whole of your life, and it is from these details of daily life that we will look to draw resources, skills and strategies to help you find coping mechanisms.
My overall aim is to enable you to develop a deeper insight into yourself and, through the experience of the genuine relationship we develop, help you to find a new way to be in the world.
How Will Counselling Help?
It is the contact in relationship experiences we have from birth and in childhood, which primarily determine our development and how we relate to ourselves and others as adults.
The contact in relationship through counselling offers a greater insight into ourselves, and awareness of all the different aspects of what we are feeling and what is happening in us, thereby giving us more choices. This in turn allows us to feel more connected with ourselves and subsequently with other people.
Neuroscientific evidence suggests when we have contact with ourselves, and others, we have more resilience and therefore more efficacy in the world.
Finding the right counsellor is so important and I invite you to call and ask any questions to decide if you feel I might be the right counsellor for you.
If you feel I might be, we can arrange for you to come for an initial face to face consultation, where you are still under no obligation. This is where we can see how we are together and whether we both feel that we could develop an on-going therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with a BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy through The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. Prior to this I volunteered and later worked as a sessional counsellor at ChildLine.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including stress, grief, lack of confidence or self esteem, serious health issues, relationship issues - including abusive relationships; anger and loss. I have also worked with trauma and issues which have historical roots from childhood which continue to impact in adulthood.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice.
I attend regular supervision to ensure I work in an ethical and professional manner and continue with my own personal and professional development. I have experience of working with clients across the spectrum of diversity including culture, race, sexuality, disability and faith and am fully insured for working in counselling and psychotherapy.
I use Mindfulness practice on a personal level and am interested in integrating this into my therapeutic practice with clients who might like to explore this practice alongside their counselling.
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
A counselling session costs £45 per hour, paid in cash or by cheque at each session.
Please Note: I will require 24 hours notice of cancellation otherwise I will charge you the full cost for your session.
Monday, Thursday or Friday : Day time slots available only
I offer private and comfortable counselling rooms at Trent Boulevard in West Bridgford with car parking and close access to excellent bus services into Nottingham City Centre.