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MBACP, FD Integrative Counsellor,& Supervisor (Ind & Couple)

About me

Individual and Relationship Counsellor

Life happens and sometimes it’s not always kind, things we thought we had a handle on and believed we could cope with, can suddenly seem uncertain, confusing and overwhelming, the many thoughts and feelings that arise can leave us feeling unable to make sense of it all.

Whether it be individual or relationship counselling you are looking for, your inner world can be very different to your external world and how you feel you have to be seen or heard, which can lead to conflicting emotions. Old habits and behaviours are not always healthy but we don't always know any other way of being. Peer pressure, society, your environment, social media and the demands of everyday life can bring up difficulties.

As part of a couple, things can sometimes become stuck, the simple things such as communication and understanding can become a minefield. Harbouring resentments, fear of conflict or the inability to know how to express or make sense of how you're feeling or thinking can create obstacles or crisis within the relationship. Trained as a relationship counsellor I can help support a neutral space where some of the things can be explored.

Whatever your age, background, race or culture, you are not alone. Together we can go walk the journey and explore what could be going on for you. Being heard and talking freely in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space can be incredibly empowering in understanding who you are and how you can be more true to you, whilst navigating your own path for growth and development.

I am a registered member of the BACP and trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I am flexible in working with the best possible approach to achieving the best outcome for you, that promotes a positive transition for change, fulfilment and self-awareness. My experience is varied. Throughout my career or maybe I should say life experience there have been many challenges and I am often humbled at how I am constantly learning by what is shared working through many of life’s issues.

I also work as a Clinical Volunteer for Cruse Bereavement and have a good understanding of Grief and Loss, as well as offering support to a charity that provides a space for those feeling profoundly suicidal.

I qualified in personal training and nutrition in 2008, since then life has taken a few twists and turns and has evolved with my interest in holistic well-being and counselling. I am passionate in what I do and committed to working ethically and safely with my clients to overcoming the challenges that we are presented with.

When you are ready to make an appointment, please call or email me and we can discuss the way forward, your expectations and any other questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy  (BACP)
  • Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Certificate in Human Resource Practice.
  • Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
  • Refuge training / Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Couple Counselling Dynamics
  • Suicide awareness / Suicide Ideation
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Pet Bereavement
  • Clinical Volunteer for Cruse Bereavement
  • Supervision Volunteer for Cruse Berevement
  • Online Informed Counsellor
  • Volunteer for ‘The Listening Place’ and Suicide Awareness
  • BACP Online Counselling primer

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.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

In response to the current COVID-19 situation in the UK, I am offering reduced rates to those who would like support but are struggling with the financial situation. Please contact me for information

Individual Counselling from £50 per session

Couple Counselling from £70 per session.

Possible Concessions available - phone consult needed

When I work

Monday - Friday : 9am-9pm

Saturdays and Sundays 9am-2pm

Video & Telephone sessions offered between 9pm & 11pm to support your privacy through covid19

Further information

I am able to offer telephone and video therapy support to support those struggling through Covid-19. Video sessions can be held via zoom for those who are social distancing and quarantined. I have immediate openings and would love to be able to support you during this time of uncertainty, contact me now for a free 20 min consult.

Stay safe and well

Swanley, Kent, BR8

Swanley, Kent, BR8

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Accompanying you on your professional journey ...a collaboratively space to explore, grow and nurture your own inner supervisor.

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