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MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st June 2022

About me

I have been a qualified counsellor for seventeen 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 qualified Internal Family Systems therapist (Level 1). 

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Individual Therapy (short- or long-term): £50 per session (1 hour). 

Couples Therapy: £65 per session (1 hour 15 minutes). 

Supervision: £50 per hour. 

Cancellation notice for a session: 24 hours.

Currently, I have one couples therapy space available (22/02/22)

Further information

* 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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

If stairs are an issue, do let me know and we can arrange to meet on premises that are more accessible.

Supervision

In person

Supervision available.

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