If you've found yourself here, then you may be experiencing difficulties, feel you have lost your way in life, a relationship problem, feeling overwhelmed with family or work stresses or maybe past events being inexplicably triggered in the present. COVID-19 on top of existing concerns might be proving too much to cope with.
I can help you find a way through. Whether it is with depression, anxiety, sleep issues, overwhelming emotions, relationship issues or to help make sense of the past; together, with my skills and knowledge we can work on finding a way forward in a private and confidential space. In counselling, the working relationship is key and I provide a space for a trusting relationship to build for you to be able to discover what you need to begin to heal. For NHS staff looking into therapy it might help to know of my NHS role supporting front-line staff providing me with a unique appreciation of some of what you may experience day-to-day.
I work face-to face in a quiet and comfortable outbuilding at my private premises. I am able to offer the alternative of online and telephone sessions, and walk and talk therapy.
My Integrative Practice. I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which essentially means integrating different theories, techniques and skills into my practice through in-depth training together with continued professional development and exploration of my own self to be able to welcome and view the client as a whole person tailoring the therapy to the client and not the client to the therapy. My integrative training had a Psychodynamic focus where the past can be explored to help provide clues on the present. I also have a keen interest in the Transpersonal which looks at the development of the individual beyond the personal; the spiritual element of being. I have also found that working with the Inner Child can begin to provide inner healing of childhood wounds and trauma providing relief from depression and anxiety. I find the key elements of Person Centred Theory i.e. Unconditional Positive Regard, Empathy and Congruence, underpinning my work so believing in the individual's ability to work towards their full potential. Where appropriate, I like to offer the use of art, visualisation, working with images and objects to help provide insight and understanding into issues which initially seem unclear. My personal interest in Mindfulness sometimes enters into my practice as appropriate or when the client expresses an interest where it can benefit in helping with stress and anxiety.
The Counselling Relationship and what I can offer. I believe building a trusting relationship and working creatively together can help provide understanding and perhaps give insight into concerns towards discovery of what it is that's needed at this time from resources within one's self. I offer face-to-face and online counselling both short and long term for adults. Counselling sessions are 50 mins and ideally take place weekly; this helps with consistency and continuity and to help build a full picture. I consider short term to be around 6 sessions and we would have opportunity to review and agree on a possible way forward as would be the case during longer term therapy which would suit more in-depth issues.
Entering into counselling is an important decision so I feel it is vital for us both to feel that we can work together and for you to feel cared for and supported to begin the work. This is something we can explore in the initial session and of course if you feel I am not what you are looking for then you are under no obligation to continue counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
(An extensive 5 year training modulated by the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body))
Child protection modules 1 & 2 attained through Barnardo's and the ESCB (Essex Children's Safeguarding Board).
Certificate in Walk& Talk therapy from Creative Counsellors endorsed by the CPCAB
Continual Professional Development certificates in areas such as Mindfulness, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Hoarding Disorders, Suicide, Abuse, Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment Theory, Vicarious Trauma, Erotic Transference, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Drama Therapy, loss and bereavement, working with Shame, Transpersonal Psychology, working with the Inner Child, and Relational Trauma Therapy.
As a Counsellor, I'm an experienced practitioner having worked primarily in a major NHS Essex hospital with adults for a national cancer charity for over 7 years. I have worked as a schools Counsellor and with a regional cancer charity alongside private practice. My role within the NHS has included co-facilitating courses in Challenging Communication and Mindfulness, supervising clinical nurse specialists and providing support for front-line staff and inpatients through the COVID-19 pandemic.
I work with others through issues around bereavement, loss, mental health, self harming behaviours, depression, PND, anxiety, work related stress, loss of purpose/goals and direction in life, sexual issues, sexual identity, trauma, physical/emotional and sexual abuse, childhood issues, relationships, cancer and life limiting illness.
I have also supported bereaved adults and children in local hospices over a 5 year period and provided support for deaf and hearing adults with learning difficulties in the community. Prior to training as a Counsellor my work was in the public and private sectors working in community health, children's centres and privately with parents and babies-to-pre-school children providing early years services for over 10 years.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
With the recent public health crisis and pandemic it's understandable some may be experiencing anxiety and concerns. This does provide opportunity to explore ways to manage these powerful feelings to help you manage and ultimately still enjoy your relationships, work and lives. Along with face-to-face sessions, I am offering online sessions and Walk and Talk therapy.
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge £40 per 50 min session. An initial session is £20 for 50 mins. On some occasions I may be able to offer a reduced fee or low cost sessions, so please ask if this is an important consideration and we can talk about this. My student concession rate is £35 per 50 min session. Concessions available for NHS staff.
Please feel welcome to email/phone any time where you can also leave a message if I'm unable to reach your call. We can then discuss a mutually convenient time to arrange an initial session.
As a registered member of the professional body, the BACP, I work to their ethical framework. This also means I have attained sufficient qualification to practice; I maintain continual professional development; I have regular supervision; I have full professional indemnity insurance; and I am open to their inspection and review.
They also provide assurance for you as the client should there be anything you are not happy with. I am also an Associate Member of the Anglia Ruskin Counselling Society (ARUCS). I am registered with the ico. (Information Commissioners Office) conforming to the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)