During this particularly difficult time of the COVID-19 outbreak, please be aware that I will be delivering counselling sessions by telephone or online only. This is naturally a very worrying time for many people and especially for those who already experience feelings of anxiety and depression. If you feel you need someone to talk to outside of your regular support network and within professional boundaries, please feel free to contact me via email in the first instance, so we can arrange a convenient time to call, when you can fee safe to talk privately without interruption. Please note, that due to the nature of this work, I will need to request payment via bank transfer in advance of any sessions taking place.
People are important to me and I firmly believe that it is possible for life to be better whatever the difficulty. Much of the time people may find their own way through life but sometimes, especially when it feels like an improved life won't ever be accomplished, a helping hand may be needed and there is no shame in seeking that help. Whatever you are experiencing, however big or small it may seem to you, you can be certain that you will find an environment of non-judgement, warmth and acceptance in which to find a way to reflect on it.
Whether you are experiencing extreme distress or feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, counselling may be of use to you. It could be that you simply wish to find some kind of balance in your life or search for a sense of peace. You may wish to find some way of making sense of confusing thoughts and feelings. Whatever your need, come along and find out if I can be of use to you. There will be no obligation to continue with further sessions if we don't feel I am the right person to help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
What experience do I have?
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2004 and subsequently gained *Accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a qualified Clinical Supervisor.
I have worked continually as a Counsellor since I qualified, in private practice, as an employee and as a volunteer, which has given me many years of experience working with a wide range of problems.
What training do I have?
My core training is in the person centred approach although I have added to my skills over the years with additional training including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and SFBT (Solution Focused Brief Therapy). I have attended many training events in a variety of subjects and continue to do so, which keeps me updated and my skills refreshed.
What kinds of issues do I work with?
I have experience of working with a wide range of problems including anxiety and depression, stress, low confidence and self-esteem, relationship difficulties and loss. I have worked with adults from all walks of life including couples.
This list is not exhaustive so if you do not see your particular issue listed, then please contact me to find out if I can help.
Specialist Area of Work
My specialist area is working with adults who have experienced sexual assault and rape and historic childhood sexual abuse. This experience has come from working at the Charity First Light, formerly known as Twelves Company, from 2004 to 2019 and who used to run the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in Plymouth. This work includes Pre-trial Therapy which is used to support people who are going through the Criminal Justice Process. I know that it is possible to live a life without the negative effects such an experience can have on someone. My motivation for continuing this work for so long has been by witnessing the difference this work can have on someone's life.
How do I work?
I always aim to work in a way that suits you. No two people are the same and everyone's experience is different. I value each person’s uniqueness and am always happy to talk about how we may work together. I believe that whichever model or approach is used, the most important aspect of whether counselling is helpful or not, is based on the relationship that is created between the client and therapist.
How many sessions will we need?
My work is short or long term and the possible number of sessions will be discussed at the start. We will review this at regular intervals and can adjust whenever we feel necessary.
I also offer clinical supervision and have experience of working with both qualified and trainee counsellors. My role at First Light (formerly Twelve's Company), as Senior Counsellor until early in 2019, has given me valuable experience in developing and delivering a specialist training package to Student Counsellors and then supporting and supervising them through their placements. In my role of leading the therapeutic team, it included supervising qualified volunteer counsellors.
I also have experience of working in the NHS.
I welcome you to join me to see if you feel you would work well with me. (Normal fees will apply)
If you are interested, please click on my supervision profile for more information.
Where am I?
My base is in Tavistock where I use rooms that are both comfortable and private and which also benefit from free parking.
For Supervision sessions, I work from home which is also in the Tavistock area and with parking.
Please note however, that whilst the Covid-19 guidance indicates that remote working is preferable to face to face, all work will continue either on the telephone or video platform.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee for a 50 minute counselling session is £45 from January 2020.
My fee for a 60 minute couple counselling session is £60.
My standard fee for supervision is £45 for a one hour session and £65 for a one and a half hour session.
Please contact me on 07540999386 or email me using my contact form.
*BACP Accreditation “Widely valued quality status….designed to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development”