Hi, welcome to my profile.
I am assuming you are looking at this website, because you maybe having some difficulty coping with certain problems you are facing in your life at the moment. Perhaps you are having difficulties in a relationship with an important person in your life, or with a family member or with someone at work.
Can I assure you that you are not alone, as many of us experience similar difficulties at some time or other in our lives when we find it difficult coping on our own.
Perhaps you are struggling with depression; or grieving over the loss of someone dear to you; or are going through a separation or divorce and feeling as if your world has turned upside down; or perhaps you are feeling very anxious as to how you can go on coping with your life as it all seems overwhelming. During these times it maybe helpful to talk to somebody who is not involved with you and is in a position to listen to you as you share your concerns. This also may help you clarify your thoughts.
Maybe you feel you are lacking in confidence because of issues that have occurred in your past or in your childhood, which have left you with low self esteem and feeling unlovable and perhaps have caused difficulties for you in having an intimate relationship; or you may have been bullied which perhaps has left you feeling hurt and angry, again it might be helpful for you to talk to somebody about this in confidence.
About myself: I initially qualified as an Occupational Therapist and worked in South Africa and latterly in the NHS in the UK. I then qualified as a Counsellor through Waverley Abbey College in partnership with the University of Roehampton in London.
I have been described as having a warm, caring, compassionate, honest and accepting approach. My aim, as a Counsellor, is to offer you a confidential and supportive environment in which we can develop a relationship of trust where you can feel safe and comfortable to talk and explore any issues or problems that are of most concern to you. My hope is that together, we will find the best way to help you move forward and to learn new skills which will empower you to cope better on your own in the future.
I have been trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means I am able to use a wide variety of models and techniques in counselling which I can adapt to suit your individual needs.
I have a range of experience which includes working with anger, anxiety, phobias, depression, bereavement, loss, loneliness, childhood sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, breakdown in relationships, separation and divorce, physical disability, bipolar disorder, alcohol or drug abuse, low self confidence, low self esteem, stress and post traumatic stress disorder.
My experience has mainly involved counselling individual adults. However I have voluntarily facilitated groups of adults in Divorce Recovery Workshops and have been a Volunteer at Cruse supporting individuals struggling with bereavement.
I am also a voluntary licensed Pastoral Minister in the Church of England.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) degree in Counselling from Waverley Abbey College in partnership with Roehampton University, London.
Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the College of Occupational Therapy, UK
Diploma in Higher Education in Ministry Studies from Bangor University.
Certificate in Bereavement Care from Cruse, Level 2.
Qualified Facilitator and Co-ordinator of the Divorce Recovery Workshop, Ipswich Branch.
I have attended various workshops and courses which include:
An Introduction into Internal Family Systems Therapy; Mindfulness Course; Adult attachment behaviour; Adults who have suffered childhood sexual abuse; Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder; Trauma-informed stabilisation treatment; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; Insight into depression; Insight into dementia; Eating disorders; Bereavement, Grief and Loss; Bereavement care after sudden traumatic death; A Christian perspective on self esteem; Couple counselling; Transactional Analysis 101; Practical skills in Transactional Analysis; Getting to grips with Gestalt; Attachment, Shame and Separation; Working with shame; Coping with ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia;
I have had experience at Survivors in Transition in counselling adult clients who have suffered childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse and also counselling clients at Acorn MTCIC Agency suffering from a variety of issues such as abuse, anxiety, depression and stress. I have had experience in counselling clients at Open Road (now Turning Point) who are being rehabilitated from substance abuse.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
Coping with chronic pain
Coping with chronic conditions e.g. Autoimmune disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Coping with physical disabilities. e.g. Blindness and Paraplegia Coping with loss and grief Lack of Assertiveness Low Self Esteem Social Anxiety
I do an initial assessment to see if we can work together, which lasts 50-60 minutes.
After the initial assessment I offer sessions for individuals or couples lasting 50-60 minutes each.
I charge £40 for individuals and £60 for couples..
I am happy to negotiate the fee at the initial session should you be on a very low income.
Payment is made either with cash or by cheque at each session.
Currently with Covid I am not offering face to face counselling. However I am offering online counselling via phone, or zoom and am flexible with the time and day.
I am registered with the Association of Christian Counsellors. This means I am bound by their ethical and professional standards of practice.
You can contact me on my mobile 07780990568 or by email at: email@example.com