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MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, BSc (Hon) Psychology, MBACP

About me

People seek counselling and psychotherapy for a huge range of reasons. It could be that you are experiencing changes in your life resulting in feeling low, frustrated or confused. You may want to explore and change issues you have struggled with for a long time. Maybe you are having difficulty with certain relationships and do not know how to manage them. You might want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and improve your confidence and self-esteem. Whatever you are going through, talking to someone not involved in your day-to-day life can help you to work though, accept or change aspects of your life and relieve your distress.​

Having counselling can be a daunting prospect and difficult to know what to expect. I can offer you a listening ear alongside a safe, empathic and non-judgmental environment to positively support you with any emotional, personal and relationship difficulties you may be experiencing. Rather than imposing solutions, I will instead support you in taking steps to explore your individual difficulties at your own pace, which can provide you with a greater understanding of them and therefore help you discover the best solution that works for you.

It is important that you feel comfortable to work with me and so to help you with this I offer a free 25 minute online/telephone initial session. During this time we will discuss what help and support you would like from counselling and any concerns or questions you have. This will give you the opportunity to decide if counselling is the right form of support and if I am the right person for you. ​Each individual online/telephone session lasts for 50 minutes, usually on a weekly basis, and depending on what you feel is best for you I am able to work with you short-term over a period of a few weeks or on a longer term basis. We will work at the pace you feel comfortable and our work together will be reviewed regularly to make sure we are both on the same page and working towards your goals.​

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist; I have completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (2009) and an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2015). I have worked with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of distress.​

As a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I agree to adhere to the good counselling practice as described by the BACP ethical guidelines. This ensures I treat everyone with the same respect and that I deliver a safe and professional level of counselling, keeping your best interests at the core. Alongside this, I regularly attend supervision and engage in further professional training, to make sure I can help you in the best way possible.​

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Personal growth
  • Loss

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a 25 minute initial online or telephone consultation free of charge, to help you decide if you would feel comfortable working with me on a regular basis. 

When I work

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Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom