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BSc Psychology (with honours), Dip.Couns, MBACP registered

About me

Do you have issues, thoughts, behaviours or emotions affecting your life in a negative way and feel you are merely surviving rather than thriving?  If so, then please email or call me to arrange a free 30 minute consultation.  We can discuss how I can help you understand as well as manage your thoughts, feelings and emotions to enable you to improve your own well-being and happiness.

Do you sometimes feel like life is stressful, confusing, sad or overwhelming?

During these difficult times - having a safe, non-judgemental, peaceful space to talk and have time to be able to make sense of your emotions, thoughts and events in your life can really make a difference to meet your personal needs and to help you understand the root cause of your problems.

Thanks to my training as an integrative counsellor,  we will be able to adapt our sessions and the techniques we use to to find the ones that work for you personally.  I also believe that you are the expert of yourself and therefore, I will follow your lead regarding our exploration of your needs and the issues you would like to explore.

I offer you a safe, peaceful and confidential space for you to work through your thoughts, feelings and emotions.  I am here for you to help you reach your potential in a warm, authentic, non-judgmental, empathetic and understanding way.

I respect that every person is different and unique.  I will support you while exploring what is important to you at this time and help you to to work through these issues.  I can help you to cope with life's many obstacles and help you grow into the person you want to be.

I understand that reaching out for help can be hard and I have great respect for anyone who is brave enough to come to counselling to work through their issues.  I will meet you with warmth, kindness and without judgment.

My focus is to help you to reach your full potential and give you space to explore your experiences, thoughts and feelings, understand their impact on your life and then identify skills, strengths and strategies for you to use now and in the future.

I can help you to understand the underlying reasons why you may be using negative thoughts and behaviours which you may have learnt in the past - some of which may not be useful or appropriate in the present. 

I am extremely passionate about supporting you every step of the way and will help you develop new attitudes towards managing life's most complex matters.

I work in a professional, ethical manner, adhering to the rules and ethics of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) of which I am a registered member.

I always work on building a trusting, respectful, non-judgemental and caring relationship with my clients in a safe space.  This is important because studies show that a strong therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is essential to successful therapy outcomes for the client. Therefore, as mentioned before, I am happy to offer you a free 30 minute session to give you the opportunity to decide for yourself if you feel that we may be a good fit.

So, if you think I may be the therapist for you, then please call me for a free half hour consultation.  Please send me an email or phone me and I will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a Zoom, Whatsapp or telephone consultation.

I will be offering face to face counselling sessions in the near future but at the moment our sessions would be via Zoom, Whatsapp or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

QUALIFICATIONS

  •   2017 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4
  •   2015 CBT Level 2
  •   2007 BSc of Science (Honours) in Psychology

EXPERIENCE

I am an experienced therapeutic counsellor and have worked with counselling charity organisations which specialise in sexual abuse, drug/alcohol issues as well as others working with many other issues affecting mental health.

I am a registered and fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I draw from different modalities depending on which we agree is the best fit for you.  I am person centred at heart so that means I am here for you to talk and work through your issues with you.  I am also qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy which means we can work together to find more strategies to help you to manage your feelings, thoughts and life's general problems better.

TRAINING

2015 Mentalization Based Therapy
2016 Working with Female Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse
2016 Working with Suicidal Clients
2016 Working with PTSD
2016 Working with Bipolar Affective Disorder
2016 Understanding Trauma & Personality
2016 Hope Brief Solution Focused Therapy  
2017 Working with Shame
2018 Using TA in Practice
2019 Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
2019 Disappointment, Entitlement & Grievance
2019 Understanding Trauma, Personality and Healing
2019 Working with Groups
2020 Understanding complex grief and suicide bereavement
2020 Suicide exploration: Approaching suicide risk from a dialogic position
2020 Neuroscience of Addiction
2020 Concepts of Bereavement
2020 Stabilisation work in complex trauma counselling
2020 Science and Counselling for Sleep Problems
2021 Exploring Self Compassion using Creative Techniques
2021 Uncertainty- An Existential Perspective
2021 Treating Shame:  Tools and Techniques
2021 Shame and Single session therapy
2021 Working with a client’s emotional triggers
2022 Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation
2022 Target the Limbic System to reverse trauma’s physiological imprint.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation so that we can discuss what you are looking for in a therapist and whether I would be right for you. We can then decide the best way forward.

Individual therapy sessions during the week are £45 for 50 minutes.

I also have limited availability for clients who are on benefits, low income or students.  Please email/Whatsapp/text or call me to discuss how I may be able to help.

When I work

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My counselling hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

Herne Bay, Kent, CT6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom