Dip.Couns. MBACP (Accred)
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Hello, I am a BACP registered and accredited counsellor practising in Ashford, Kent and have over 25 years' experience of work within a therapeutic environment. My aim is always to develop a warm, trusting working relationship with you where I can support you to build upon your own strengths and inner resources. This is the starting point for change in your life. My training was in Humanistic Counselling and this ethos is grounded in the belief that everyone has the ability to grow and reach their individual potential, given the right conditions.
Due to the current circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic I am working via Zoom and Microsoft Teams mainly but with WhatsApp, FaceTime and telephone back up. I am also aware that many people now find themselves in difficult financial circumstances as well as suffering the emotional effects of the very unsettling situation we are now living in. Please do contact me should this apply to you as I am keen to offer help in any way possible.
If you feel you want to know more about how counselling can help you please could you email me or leave a message and I will aim to reply within 24 hours. The first session gives you the opportunity to discuss the issues troubling you and to see how we might work together to tackle this and whether I am the right therapist for you.
You are under no obligation whatsoever to continue.
Reading this indicates that life is difficult, and very likely distressing, for you at the moment and you have taken that step towards accessing help. I can help to explore with you what is happening, and why, and encourage and support you in dealing with the issues that are worrying you. Everyone and anyone can be affected by depression and/or anxiety no matter what their circumstances are. Feelings of helplessness, panic and distress affect many people at some time or other in their life. These feelings may have been affecting you for some time or they can just appear out of the blue.
Life today can be extremely stressful and many people feel like they are living it at full throttle; work, commuting, family life and financial pressures filling our minds and time constantly. You may be lacking confidence and doubting yourself or finding it hard to make decisions or develop relationships satisfactorily.
You may be feeling overwhelmed and experiencing very unpleasant physical symptoms as well as upsetting thoughts and feelings. These sensations are often normal responses to the distress being felt but sometimes they just don't seem to ease. Many things occur in life that can trigger these feelings such as bereavement, illness, redundancy or retirement, concern about an addiction or family and relationship problems and of course the current pandemic exacerbating much of this too.
Sometimes however there will be no definitive event just an awareness that all is not well for you. Even in the most loving and caring of relationships and environments it is still possible to feel invisible and not be truly heard or understood.
I am not going to advise you or tell you what to do but will provide you with the space in which to find a way forward to explore what is happening to you and for you to be heard in complete confidence and without judgement. We can often spend our lives trying to be what others want us to be which takes away our personal sense of being. If you are conscious of this and it is causing you anxiety and/or depression counselling can be the way to restore your true sense of self.
I will always suggest that we aim to meet initially on a weekly basis for the first few sessions but this is tailored to suit you and your individual needs and can be discussed at our first meeting. During the initial assessment we can decide together what is best for you.
If you would like more information please contact me as suggested and I will aim to get back to you within 24 hours. Counselling may be the tool you need to use to explore, learn and ultimately make positive changes to your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Mindfulness Skills in Practice
Certificate in Bereavement and Loss
Certificate in Sand Play
Examples of CPD : Online Counselling Skills; Trauma and Coping; Anxious Attachment; Working with Risk; Depression - Normality and Pathology; Transcultural Counselling; Bereavement Awareness; Grief Works.
I hold a current DBS certificate.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Sessions - 50 minutes £45.00.
Reduced fees for student counsellors (not in full time employment) and those on low income by negotiation. Please do ask.
In the event of cancelled appointments I am afraid I do have to charge my fee if less than 24 hours notice is given.
When I work
Weekdays and some evenings and weekend appointments may be arranged where possible.
I am based in Kingsnorth which is a 5 minute car journey from Ashford International Station in a quiet and secluded road with no passing traffic and parking available. There is a regular bus service (running around every 10 minutes) to the station. I am within easy reach of Canterbury, Tenterden, Folkestone and Maidstone.