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MBACP, Dip.Couns, EFIA Counselling & Psychotherapy

About me

I understand the courage it takes to reach out, and as such, I offer you commitment, warmth, acceptance and a confidential space to support you in your journey. I believe that our individual experiences are unique and therefore my focus will be solely on you and your needs.

As a qualified and registered Counsellor (MBACP), it is my hope that together, we can seek to make sense of your experiences that have led you here today, and to help you find your solutions to bring about the changes you wish for.

I work with individuals (18+) from many backgrounds in varying counselling environments within private practice, services and a specialist domestic abuse charity. I am experienced in working with a wide range of psychological difficulties including anxiety and stress, depression, grief and loss, abuse, trauma, PTSD, panic attacks, self-esteem, self-harm, life changes, identity and relationship breakdowns. 

Whatever your circumstances or difficulties, I offer professional counselling and psychotherapy with sensitivity and without judgement.

I am fundamentally humanistic in my approach to counselling which means I believe that everyone has an instinctive drive towards growth and psychological integrity and each of us have the resources within ourselves to do this, provided the conditions are right. 

Therapy has the capacity for change, providing you with the conditions and essential elements that can clear the way, for greater well-being, functioning and meaning in your life. The relationship between the counsellor and client is often where these changes begin. Finding the right counsellor that you can relate to, feel listened and heard, is hugely important. Having the right connection will enable for you to be yourself and ultimately get the most out of therapy. 

Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked for 15 years with Vulnerable adults in a variety of Health, End-of-life and Social care settings; and with Children with social, emotional and mental health needs within Specialist Education. This has provided me with extensive experience and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Global Developmental Disabilities, Learning Difficulties, Emotional Dysregulation, Cerebral Palsy, Dementia and Schizophrenia.

I provide both short term and long term counselling and psychotherapy, in person and online. I offer a free phone call to discuss what you may like to work on and for us to get a feel of what it would be like to work together.

An initial session will involve learning a little about your history and current situation, your aims and expectations of counselling and to think about whether what I offer is appropriate for your needs. It allows time for any questions you might have to be discussed and how we would work together, should we decide. 

My practice is based in Central Tonbridge from a comfortable and discreet office, within close walking distance from the train station and nearby car parks. It is accessible from surrounding areas of Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone.

Please feel free to contact me with your enquiry or to make an appointment, by phone, email or text. I aim to respond to new client enquiries within 24 hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP- Registered member of the British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy. (This can be verified on the BACP website).
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic Route).
  • Diploma in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
  • NHS Counselling, GP Surgery.
  • EAP, Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Certified in Working with Major Trauma.
  • Certified in Addiction, Trauma and Adverse childhood experiences.
  • Certified in Treating trauma, Complex PTSD and Dissociative disorders.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £50.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Weekday day time appointments- £50.00

Weekday evening appointments (after 5pm) - £55.00

Weekend appointments - £55.00

Tonbridge, Kent, TN9

Sevenoaks, TN11

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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