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MBACP (Accredited) - Adult And Adolescent Counsellor

About me

I offer a safe space for adults and adolescents to come and work with me on whatever they feel is having a negative impact on their lives. This can include - but not restricted to- issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, anger, identity issues, self-esteem, self harm and suicidal thoughts or feelings.

In the current climate I appreciate that there is a lot of uncertainty and heightened levels of anxiety for many people. Things can feel a lot more fragile and we are having to adapt in ways we hadn't ever considered. I believe that counselling can help offer a level a stability that is essential for some during this difficult time, and can help address some of these things. I also realise that changes in restrictions can make changing appointments both in terms of timing and setting necessary and am able to be flexible with this. Aside from inside work I also offer outside therapy (see below) - which allows face to face appointments with clients who may feel anxious being in close proximity but prefer this to online work - as well as Zoom and telephone counselling.

In general, I believe that my role is to empower clients to accept, manage or change their situations through helping them to understand their lives and who they are within them. People usually come to counselling when they are in crisis but I think counselling can also be used when things are calmer – both to prevent further crisis and to work on issues which aren’t possible when our days consist of just trying to survive.

Aside from the more traditional counselling set up I also offer creative counselling to those who are interested in it. Some people can find talking about things painful, or not even be able to find the words to do so, and creative counselling can be another way of exploring whatever has brought them to counselling.

I also offer outdoor therapy. This can either be face to face therapy but doing so outside, 'walk and talk' therapy or a combination of both. I believe that being outside brings a different dynamic to the counselling experience and (in the case of walk and talk therapy) exercise releases endorphins which are beneficial to mental health. Whilst I have specific areas that I use, outdoor therapy can take place at a mutually convenient location.

I am experienced in working both long-term and short-term - depending on client need and want.

What to do next....
If you have any questions about me, my service or would like to book a session then please contact me via email, telephone or through my website. If we then decide between us to go ahead with an initial session (either face to face or telephone) we will arrange a time to start our work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

My first experience of counselling was at 19 when I volunteered as a rape and sexual abuse counsellor. Since then I have worked in lots of different support roles before starting my formal counsellor training in 2009.

I have counselled people from all walks of life with a variety of reasons for counselling. This includes young people aged 14 and above who I also counsel via a local charity - where I have worked for over 7 years.

Aside from direct counselling I have also run self-esteem groups, parent support groups, trained professionals on working with domestic abuse issues and worked on projects raising mental awareness for young people and professionals.

Academic Qualifications:

  • BSc Psychology with Criminal Justice Studies
  • PGDip Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Accreditation (since 2016)

Professional Training:

  • Creative Counselling
  • Domestic Abuse (including delivering training to other professionals)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide and Self Harm
  • Child Protection
  • Development and Attachment Theory

As I work with young people I have an advanced DBS check.

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical guidelines.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information


Initial session (50 Mins) : £25
Following sessions (50mins): £45

If the outdoor therapy location is more than 15 mins drive from RH19 there will be an extra charge of £20.

I also offer discounted rates to counsellors in training.

When I work

I offer sessions on weekdays - including some evening options.

East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

Lingfield, RH7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults