How I work
I am a Psychotherapeutic counsellor and work in an integrative way with adults and children from 12 years of age. Working in an integrative way means, I draw from a variety of different approaches to bring you the therapy that best supports your needs.
I believe very much in the client counsellor relationship and the importance of building that trust to explore what is going on for you. To have that rapport means you can really work on and through the issues that you are experiencing. I hope by offering you a non-judgemental, supportive environment you will be able to open up and we can explore together what you are struggling with.
I never tell you what to do, or what not to do, but may offer a different perspective, give you information or explore new ways of thinking. Just by speaking about what is troubling you can sometimes be a relief and can feel like a weight is lifted.
How the sessions work and what to expect
I offer a free 20 minute initial phone conversation so that you can make sure I am the right counsellor for you.
Each session is up to 50 minutes and the number of sessions depends on what issues you are dealing with. I offer short or longer term therapy, depending on your needs and goals. This can be discussed on booking sessions.
It can be a big challenge in taking those first steps in looking for help. But, I hope, by offering a congruent, warm, trustworthy space for you to talk, it will enable you to take those first steps to a brighter future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an integrative counsellor and have a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling and an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling. I also have AIM level 3 Diploma in Hypnotherapy. I have had training in working with young people through the Youth Counselling Service. I have also completed training on suicide prevention, safeguarding, Anxiety in ADHD, ASD workshops, Anger management, and how to work online via phone and video calls. I regularly attend training and workshops for CPD (Continual Practice Development).
As well as my own private practice I volunteer for the Youth Counselling Service part of SABP in the NHS. I see clients aged between 12 and 24 years of age and follow all set guidelines and attend regular additional supervision.
I am also an Anxiety UK approved therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries.
I hold a current enhanced DBS, I am fully insured and I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and comply with their code of ethics. I undertake regular supervision to ensure I am working ethically at all times. I am also registered with the ICO and comply with GDPR regulations.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
We can arrange a day and time for the sessions on our initial phone conversation.