I use an integrative range of counselling techniques depending on what I feel my client needs. This can often change and develop as different needs arise for each client - I very much view each as an individual and tailor my approach accordingly. My initial training was in person-centred and gestalt therapy but I have added to my range of skills with a variety of continued training and development over the years. As a result, my methods are an eclectic mixture, but always grounded in my roots with a person-centred approach.
The current situation has many layers of different emotions for everyone: from fear of what may happen to secret relief for respite from a previous situation. Anxiety overlays every aspect of daily life. If you, or anyone you know, is struggling to cope, please get in touch to arrange an online appointment (instead of my usual home visits) - I can conduct counselling sessions via a variety of apps and platforms as suits each client (Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Messenger etc).
I have completed recent training specifically devised (by BACP and the Open University) for operating online as a counsellor during these troubled times and understand the anxieties and sadness many are experiencing.
I offer home visits or have a room available that I can hire in Rowlands Gill. I have also used rooms in other venues as appropriate for each client.
Is there anything else specific you need to know? Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial training was in person-centred and gestalt therapy (resulting in a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling), but I have added to my range of skills with a variety of continued training and development over the years. I have completed training in Autism and Asperger Awareness and recently completed a course in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling.
My counselling experience covers a range of clients: I have worked with adults, children and young people; I have a particular interest in autism and have had clients on the spectrum; with experience of being a carer myself, I have also worked with many clients dealing with issues related to being a carer (particularly identity, loss and guilt); I worked with Place2Be as a volunteer, using play therapy techniques with primary-aged children and have experience with teenagers as a foster-carer and counsellor in private practice.
I am a member and committee member of Newcastle Counselling Association and regularly take part in Continuing Professional Development sessions on a variety of topics.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fees are £40 per session (standard 50 minutes), plus any additional room hire fees as required.
Home visits requiring travel in excess of 20 minutes may incur an additional fee - this will be discussed and agreed prior to the session.
Concessions offered for
Following my experience of Humanima’s Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling course, I am hoping to introduce therapy dogs as an option in my counselling practice in the future. I have two Sprocker puppies called Luna and Tonks. They are very young as yet, but showing early indications of having beautiful temperaments and I hope they will be wonderful therapy dogs. Watch this space for further information!