The fact that you are reading this suggests you've already considered that things could be better for you than they've been of late. I'm really glad that you are reaching out for help because you need not be alone in dealing with difficult feelings or concerns that you have on your mind.
I am here to support you, sensitively and without judgment, so you can talk about anything that is worrying or bothering you, with the assurance that your privacy will be kept safe. I am committed to helping you gain new perspectives and ideas for how to cope, make important decisions, deal with change, and find a meaningful way forward.
Please be assured that whatever you share in counselling, you will be believed. I am willing to hear whatever you feel comfortable to share. I will never expect you to talk about anything you are not ready to, and we can regularly review the way we use counselling to ensure that it’s led by you. I won’t turn away from your pain - we’ll approach it together. I can be with you every step of the way for as long as it takes.
I am committed to building a relationship with you that feels consistent and dependable. You can trust me to respect the pace you choose. I will listen, truly hear you, and be understanding. When you come for counselling it is a time for putting your needs first and prioritising the things that matter to you most.
Exploring your experiences (past and present) in the safety of a therapeutic relationship can lead to healing, acceptance and hope of a better future. You can regain trust in your ability to recognise and make choices, become more confident, and feel better about yourself.
I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches which can be tailored to your unique needs and preferences to help you grow and achieve your goals; examples of these might include:
- Improving the quality of your relationships.
- Finding your voice – becoming expressive and communicating your needs effectively.
- Gaining acceptance of things you cannot change.
- Valuing yourself more, having more confidence, and a stronger sense of who you are.
- Developing positive thinking patterns.
- Building resilience to cope with stress and other intense emotions such as anger.
- Learning skills and strategies that empower you to take personal responsibility.
- Gaining clarity of mind and self-understanding.
- Healing from emotional distress and recovering from trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
I’ve been using talking therapies since 2006 to stand beside individuals who are ready to address difficult and distressing issues in their life and make changes. I’ve supported a diversity of people from a range of cultural backgrounds in community and residential settings for services that enabled recovery from addictions, trauma and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. I am experienced in providing therapy to individuals and groups, and facilitating mutual support between individuals that can relate through similar shared experiences. I led anger management courses using evidence-based approaches for a number of years.
- Interpersonal Group Therapy (Level 5)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)
- Certificate of Proficiency (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
- Management and Leadership of Integrated Support Services (Level 6)
- Delivering Online Specialist Services in the Sexual Violence Sector (Level 3)
- Equality and Diversity (Level 2)
Approaches I use:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT helps you explore how your thoughts and beliefs influence the way you feel and react to events in your life. With new self-awareness you can create alternative ways of thinking and being which are more helpful to you. It is a structured approach which gives you option to try out self-help activities in your own time between counselling sessions.
This is an optimistic approach that trusts you will grow toward your potential and better satisfaction in life, if treated as an equal in relationships. It acknowledges that humans are imperfect and accepts that this is okay. It affirms strengths and validates the whole person (thoughts, feelings, body and spirit) so that you can come to know yourself better and live life through your own values and beliefs.
I offer specialised counselling to empower survivors of abuse. The training I’ve had meets the National Standards set by Rape Crisis England and Wales, meaning that I understand the many forms of sexual violence and the impact it has on those that have survived it.
I've helped hundreds of addicts into recovery. I am experienced in the use of a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy called Seeking Safety and the spiritual principles of 12 Step. Both of these approaches empower individuals to change destructive patterns of behaviour and develop healthier lifestyles.
I was lead facilitator of an anger management course for a number of years. The approach I use is compassionate and helps you be kinder to yourself so anger and shame can be resolved. I apply a range of evidence-based methods, proven to be effective, which can stop you acting impulsively, give you time to think, and teach you how to communicate your needs assertively.
Working with men:
For much of my career I have worked with men. I worked in a men's prison where I supported many hundreds of men in my career, both individually and in groups. Prior to this I supported young people affected by homelessness and unemployment. Before I trained in talking therapies and counselling I worked on farms alongside male colleagues. I find that I am able to relate to men and that in a therapeutic setting they are comfortable with me.
- Working with Sexual Violence (Rape Crisis)
- Managing Anger; Managing Stress and Anxiety; Mental Health Awareness (Mind BLMK)
- Responding to Complex Needs (Rapt)
- Safeguarding Adults (Rape Crisis)
- Delivery of Therapeutic Group Work (Rapt)
- Interpersonal Group Therapy (Action on Addiction)
- Clinical Governance (NHS)
- Working in a Person-Centred Way (Circles Network)
- Inclusion Matters (Circles Network)
- Motivational Interviewing (Mind)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with long-term health conditions, including pain.
This list is not exhaustive of the issues I am able to support you through.
Appointments available: Monday to Saturday at various times in the day or evening.
£40 per 50 minutes whether face-to-face, by telephone or online video messaging.
An additional charge is calculated for home visits within a 25 mile radius of Woodford Halse, which dependent upon distance will range between £50-£70. Requests for a home visit are assessed on an individual basis.
Payment can be made using bank transfer or cash on the day of your session.
I advise speaking by telephone in the first instance so you can make an informed choice about counselling. There will be no charge for this and I'll respect whatever you choose.
Appointments available: Monday to Saturday at various times during the day and evening.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such follow their code of ethics to ensure the highest standard of care is provided to you.