I work with children, young people and adults. I am happy to offer consultation to parents who have worries about their children so that we can think together about how to help them.
I usually work face to face and often use media such as painting, drawing, sand tray, clay and play therapy with younger clients. I am committed to acknowledging difference and diversity as feeling different can have a big effect on an individual who has to fit into mainstream society. I have particular experience with clients on the autistic spectrum, gender dysphoria, sexuality and bereavement.
Children's issues can sometimes be sorted out quite quickly especially with the support of parents. Adults may want more time so I can work long or short term. I always start with an assessment and then we can discuss what the main issues are and what you would like the therapy to achieve.
I can work with Zoom, phone or emails if this is easier and I am using this during lockdown.
I work as a supervisor for practitioners working with children, young people or adults.
Issues I work with include: depression, anxiety, relationships, family breakups and blended families, exam stress, sleeping, bereavement, behavioural issues, anger, abuse, adoption, low self esteem, self harm.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Full insurance and DBS check
- Supervision Certificate 2013
- MA Psychotherapy and Counselling for Children and Young People 2010
- Adult Counselling Certificate 2012
- PGCE 1987 (Post graduate Certificate in Education).
- Mental Health Practitioner in CAMHS 2012 - 2017
- School Counsellor various schools 2006 onwards
- Teaching in Yorkshire, London and Essex. Mainstream and Special. 1988 to 2006
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My main working days are Tuesday ,Wednesday and Thursday 8 am to 8 pm. I can do other days by arrangement.
You may have a problem that is worrying you or just a feeling that things aren't right. Or you may be having difficulties with your child, perhaps after a divorce or separation, or a change in schools. Perhaps you and your partner have different parenting styles and can't agree how to bring up your child. Having someone impartial to talk to can often be a real help. If you think you might be interested in counselling you can always ring me up or email me and we can have a chat- which will cost you nothing. We can think about the issues and whether counselling might help. If we decide on counselling we can fix a time where you can come every week for 50 minutes to talk about what is bothering you. Sometimes, things can be sorted really quickly after only a few sessions. Alternatively I might be able to signpost you to somewhere else.
I work in Maldon and Colchester and other places by arrangement. Sometimes I can go into schools. For people requiring wheelchair access I am willing to work to find an alternative venue that is suitable.