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FdA, Reg MBACP (Accred.)

About me

I am an experienced therapist offering both short and long-term work.

I work integratively, that is, with a number of theoretical modalities and our sessions are led by you, not directed by me.  For example, I may incorporate approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy - looking at how your thoughts may affect your feelings and behaviour, or psychodynamic work, where we examine how past experiences may be influencing you in the present.  It will all depend on what you need and want at the time.

I have worked with a wide range of issues within charitable, secondary care NHS mental health services (psychodynamic psychotherapy), IAPT and private sectors and am also a former Royal London Hospital trained nurse.  I have background experience in complementary therapy, advice and advocacy work.  Within my role, I am able to give you the time and objectivity that friends and family often can’t give, especially if these relationships are problematic.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information or to arrange an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

What is counselling?

Counselling is a confidential and supportive service that gives you an opportunity to talk through your concerns with an objective listener. Someone who is able to put themselves ‘in your shoes’ whilst also considering the bigger picture in your life.  A counsellor will listen attentively and respond in a way that facilitates your own ability to cope with life’s challenges, whether they are problems with work, relationships, family or deep-seated problems arising from traumatic experiences.  It looks at how we communicate with each other, perhaps enabling us to be assertive without being aggressive for example, or helping us to feel less a victim of circumstance and more in control of our lives.  By getting to know ourselves we can understand our feelings and motives better, be more accepting of ourselves and this in turn can help reduce anxiety and ease depression. A counsellor will rarely give advice, since our aim is to help you develop your own resources (resources you often don’t realise you have) to enable you to approach your life and problems from a new perspective.

What to expect and is it right for me?

After making contact and establishing what has brought you to counselling, we can look at your options.  If we agree to start working together, then I will take some details, complete an assessment and we agree on terms of working, e.g. confidentiality and cancellations.  You might wish to set some goals or just see what emerges as we work together, but it can help to have some idea of what you want from it.  Sessions are for 50 minutes and are usually at the same time each week for however many you may need. This could be anything from 1 or 2 sessions to several years. This is dependent on your particular needs, the depth of work you are hoping to achieve and so on.  We can also contract for a specific number of sessions, I would suggest 6 if you’re unsure, then evaluate your progress as we go along.

Worth considering is that the single greatest predictor of positive outcomes is the quality of the relationship and rapport you develop with your therapist. Building trust and developing that relationship can take time, especially if you have experienced difficulties early in life but ultimately, you decide what’s working and when you want to stop.

Qualifications

Foundation Degree in Counselling, Middlesex University
Level 5 BACP Accredited Diploma in Counselling, College of North East London
Registered Nurse Royal London Hospital

I trained at a centre accredited by the BACP, of which I am also a member. I work within their Ethical Framework. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

  • Domestic abuse
  • Health problems including Long Covid and post viral illness. 

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual counselling - £50 per 50 minute session.

Concessionary appointments available to counselling students.  On occasion, I have  concessionary appointments available by negotiation at limited times during the day.

Free, unlimited parking is available at the Harold Wood practice.

When I work

Appointment times include days and some evenings.

Willow Herbal Centre, 2 The Drive, Harold Wood, Essex, RM3 0DU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

We do have a ground floor room with one small step up which may be accessible for some wheelchair users.