You may feel daunted by the prospect of counselling but be reassured that I am extremely approachable. I understand how difficult it is to begin this process, as I have developed with the help of a supportive therapist myself. I believe that it is essential for a therapist to go through the process of counselling in order to undertake this work. My approach is that I work with the person on building a supportive, non-judgemental relationship, providing the environment that enables and encourages the client to grow and develop in the way that suits the individual at their pace. This in turn facilitates the person's move towards clarity and encourages them to become confident in making choices and decisions. I believe that each person's life experiences are exclusive to them, although there are often similarities in how we respond as humans through actions, thoughts and feelings to those experiences. The counselling relationship is a unique one that helps the client negotiate the process of working through their difficulties, whilst feeling supported and empowered. The way of life for many people has become very busy and fast paced. I find that clients often approach me as they are trying to achieve balance as they have been experiencing stress related symptoms, anxiety or depression, which impacts their relationships, mental health and physical health. Often I find that through the counselling sessions my clients discover what they want from life and through exploration they feel empowered and find their own way forward whilst feeling supported. I counsel clients for many different issues but specialise and have extensive experience in bereavement counselling and working with people suffering from life limiting illness. My experience was gained at a Bereavement Charity and during my time with The Rowans Hospice. I am an Accredited counsellor with The Foundation for Infant Loss Training.
I continually work on my professional and personal development and attend regular supervision, as I believe these are all essential to my continuing practice as a counsellor to ensure that I work ethically and am able to offer a good service to my clients.
Please visit my website for further details. If you can't find the information you are looking for there, don't hesitate to contact me by email or telephone.
Some Areas of Counselling I work With
I work with clients with many different concerns and have listed a few of them here but I do work with the person as a whole and whatever they bring to the session.
- Bereavement and Loss
- Illness, health and wellbeing
I am a Person Centred Counsellor in Portsmouth offering counselling to individuals. My own personal experience of loss is what started my interest in counselling. I became a volunteer at a local bereavement service and decided that I wanted to have a better understanding of counselling in general, so I began counselling training. This gave me a broader understanding of how feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences can impact on a person in a wider sense.
I work from home in Cosham, the north of Portsmouth which is easily accessible from the A3, A27 without having to drive through the city. Clients often comment that the informal and calm setting helps them to feel comfortable and safe, which in turn enables them to express freely what they are thinking and feeling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Qualifications, Memberships and CPD
- First Steps in Counselling Skills (Portsmouth College)
- NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (South Downs College)
- Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (South Downs College)
- Accredited Counsellor with The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
- Member of Hampshire Counselling & Psychotherapy Services
- Continuing attendance of numerous workshops and CPD events to continue my personal and professional development.
- Continuing practice and courses of Meditation and Mindfulness.
I have been counselling Clients since 2003 in various charitable organisations, as well as private practice.
- Hospice Bereavement Service
- Bereavement Service counselling people in their own home
- Rape Crisis Centre
- Carers of people with Alzheimers
- Private practice.
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.
United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners
UKAHPP is a national accrediting organisation for all those who apply the theories of Humanistic Psychology in their work. The UKAHPP is an independent member organisation of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the UK Register of Counsellors.
The Association is made up of a number of different membership classes e.g. Associate Members, Affiliate Members, Full Members, each with different requirements for entry. Full Members may use the initials 'MAHPP' after their names, and have undergone a rigorous accreditation procedure relevant to their discipline.
All members of the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners must commit to acceptance of the UKAHPP Code of Ethical Principles, the UKAHPP Code of Practice, the UKAHPP Ethical Review Procedure and the UKAHPP Complaints Procedure.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Life Limiting Illness
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss
£50.00 per session
My fees are £40 for the initial assessment session and subsequent sessions are £50 per hour. I do offer some concessionary sessions for clients that are on a limited income and this can be negotiated.
In certain circumstances, I can offer home visits. Please visit my website for further clarification of the cost.
I currently have daytime and evening sessions available.
I am particularly interested in loss and bereavement. We grieve for many reasons during our lives, from the death of a loved, loss of a job, relationship, illness, way of life and many other situations. I believe that we all go through a process of grieving, sometimes we need help to manage our loss, to readjust and this is where I believe that counselling is particularly helpful.
One of my other interests is meditation and mindfulness. This involves setting aside time each day to sit quietly and be fully present in that moment with whatever arises. Some people find this easy but some are challenged by this process, as I have been myself. I find that it is an important ongoing practice for me that I continue to develop as I feel the benefit in my day to day life.
Meditation and Mindfulness helps with:
- pain management