I have been a qualified counsellor for fifteen years and I know from professional and personal experience the difference that counselling can make.
I believe we all have the capacity to cope with adverse life experiences, to heal from ones that have wounded us and to live more fully. There is growing evidence that self-compassion is one of the most important ways in which we can support ourselves emotionally. I believe my role is to enable you to access these resources within yourself, and to be a compassionate guide to you through the process. I offer warmth, respect and a non-judgemental approach .
My counselling orientation is based on an approach called Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS), which I am drawn to because I have found it to be highly effective in enabling people to understand themselves, to develop compassion for the parts of them that may cause difficulties (eg. addictive parts) and to access the capacity within themselves to cope and to thrive. I am a fully qualified Internal Family Systems therapist.
I am highly experienced in working with a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, loss, physical health issues and issues of difference. I have worked in diverse environments such as prisons, further education, the NHS and community substance misuse services.
If you are coming for couples' therapy, I offer a safe and contained space in which we can explore the difficulties between you. I aim to be impartial in offering a professional perspective on the dynamics between you, and to equip you to address and work through the difficulties in your relationship constructively.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Internal Family Systems Therapist (L1).
* Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (Integrative).
* BSc. (Hons) in Psychology.
* Counselling Supervisor (PG Dip).
* Couples Counselling Training (Cert).
* Facilitator: CPD Workshops on Shame.
* Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling.
* CPD workshops on Internal Family Systems Therapy.
* Private practice for the past 8 years.
* Currently a Clinical Advisor at a local counselling centre.
* Support Worker, then Counsellor at local addiction counselling service (8 years).
* High-intensity IAPT Counsellor at MIND, then NHS (6 years).
* Prison Rehabilitation Worker (3 years).
* Psychology Tutor (5 years).
* Accredited Counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
* Credentialed counsellor with MIND.
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Individual Therapy (short- or long-term): £50 per session (1 hour).
Couples Therapy (short-term only): £65 per session (1 hour 15 minutes).
Supervision: £50 per hour.
Cancellation notice for a session: 24 hours.
* The first session is mostly an opportunity for you to see whether I am someone you feel comfortable with and would like to work with.
* I offer long-term and short-term counselling.