Open, non-judgemental and professional support: creating the right conditions to help you resolve problem issues
Counsellor and Supervisor
A flexible approach, an open mind, and a belief that everyone has the ability – with the right support – to find their way through those life challenges that can see us thrown off balance. These are at the heart of what I bring to counselling, supported by academic research, ongoing professional training, and compliance with the ethical framework required by the BACP*.
My task is to help you understand your experience of the world and those aspects that may be having negative effects on your wellbeing. Together we will look at how you might address your concerns, and how you might find your own resolutions. We will work together, aiming to develop your own capacity to bring about positive change.
I trained in what is known as the person-centred approach (a degree course accredited by the University of Essex) and I have subsequently added cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment focus therapy, along with training in specific issues, to my skills. I have extensive experience with problems faced by adolescents – anger and depression, self-harm, bullying and the general pressures of modern life for the young – and help provide tools for growth and development that empowers and educates. I also cover major issues faced by adults: Anxiety (GAD and Social), Depression, financial or work strains, personal and family relationships, bereavement and separation. Through additional LINK training with Barnardo's I am able to offer counselling to adults and young people who are currently or historically affected by adoption. This work is carried out though the Barnardo's organisation.
I believe that, given the space, opportunity and appropriate attitudinal conditions, my clients can be guided in finding answers to psychological issues that oppress and hinder them.
Together we can explore elements of your life you may find difficult at present and plan your route forward.
* Accreditation of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the largest and broadest body within counselling - http://www.bacp.co.uk/about_bacp
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Counselling Studies - University of Essex
Dip. Person-centred Counselling - University of Essex
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Attachment Focus Therapy (Barnardo's)
Certificate in Emotion-Focused Therapy
BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
HEA Fellow of Education
Certificate in Supervision
Work experience includes:
- Short-term counselling for a local charity that offers support to young people aged 12+.
- Private Practice offering long term and brief therapy to adults and adolescents.
-Counselling support for adolescents (looked after children) in care.
- Counselling adults in a residential home for individuals requiring long term psychiatric support.
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Working with Adoption (All work is carried out via Barnardo's charity)
- Lecturer in Counselling Studies
Continued Professional Development training:
Legal and illegal Substance Abuse
Harm to self and Others
Person-centred approaches to trauma: Post traumatic growth
Loss and Bereavement
Making Sense of Voices
Child Sexual Exploitation
Introduction to online therapy
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
1:1 Counselling: £50 - 60.00 - 50 minute session.
Supervision: £50.00 - 1 hour
£70.00 - 1.5 hours
I hold a DBS Enhanced Certificate and have insurance with Towergate Insurance for professional liability.