'Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start' ~ Pema Chodron
Hello and welcome.
Counselling and Psychotherapy offer an opportunity to explore concerns, challenges or anxieties you may be experiencing. You may be feeling overwhelmed or stuck, unable to make sense of things. Having someone to talk to, in confidence, can help identify obstacles and facilitate change. My non-judgemental approach encourages explorations of your beliefs and values and also encourages your curiosity about different ways of being in the world.
How I work:
I practise as an integrative counsellor, although my foundation framework is psychodynamic therapy. This means I listen carefully to your previous experiences, your understanding of them and how this may affect your present life, your sense of identity and sense of belonging. I also integrate behavioural techniques and attachment theory into my work.
I work with you to help you understand that change is possible, and I accompany you on this journey. The therapeutic relationship is intended to be healing, supportive and sometimes challenging. It is an opportunity to take the time and to make the space in your life to reflect and gain insight, to experience that change is possible. At the heart of change is the process of understanding of oneself and honouring that understanding.
I look forward to accompanying you on your journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP (Accredited)
- Registered MBACP
- Counselling Diploma
- CRUSE Bereavement ABC foundation course
- PGCE, The University of Southampton
- BA (Hons English and American Literature), Echols Scholar, The University of Virginia USA
- DBS checked/Fully insured
- Trained to work online with video platforms and telephone therapy (BACP and The Open University)
I have worked as a CRUSE bereavement volunteer, worked at a hospice and worked at counselling service for 5 years.
Before I trained as a counsellor, I was a teacher and writer for 25 years. I feel counselling is a natural progression of the skills and experience I have cultivated working with people in education and the arts. I believe the common thread running through teaching, writing and counselling is understanding how people of any age perceive themselves, the world, others and how they relate to all of this. Everyone can be the author of their own story.
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
I work with adults on either a short term basis (for example 6-12/24 sessions) or an open ended basis.
The initial assessment session is 90 minutes in length and costs £70. On-going sessions are for 50 minutes. The cost per session is £50 per session.
If you contact me by email, phone or text, I will endeavour to get back to you in 48 hours.
I am away from 23 August until 12 September 2021. I am back at work from Monday 13 September 2021.
Currently, I am undertaking additional training in psychopathology, trauma informed practice and work of theorist Melanie Klein.