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BA, MBACP Reg

About me

Adult and Adolescent Counsellor based in Redbourn/Flamstead. Available for short or long term individual therapy from age 11+. Counselling is an opportunity to be in a safe, non-judgmental space where you can explore past hurt and present difficulties and be supported as you work toward the outcomes that you want for yourself and your future. I am an Integrative Therapist which means that I am able to work with my clients in a way that best supports them to deal with the issues that they bring to therapy. Providing this empathic support and intervention then helps you to explore the canvas of your life to empower you to move forward with clarity and hope.

My background includes working in a corporate environment and I therefore appreciate the stresses involved in finding a balance in life both in and outside of work, as well as the uncertainty that redundancy or career change can bring. I have also worked extensively with parents in a family support role helping them to cope with parenting issues and make changes in family dynamics and relationships.

Additionally, I hold a specialist Diploma in Counselling Teenagers and I am particularly interested in working with young people at this unique and challenging stage of life. In my experience of counselling adolescents in school and community based settings, I have worked with such issues as anxiety, panic attacks, bullying, self-esteem and confidence, anxiety, anger, self-harming behaviours, abuse, disordered eating, past trauma, school refusal, family issues and low mood.

I will always meet with adolescents for one session initially and then let them choose whether they want to engage in counselling with me. In a world where young people frequently find adults directive and life overwhelming, it is very important and effective to give them a voice and a choice about the help and support that they want. Together we will then find a way to address the issues that they are experiencing in a way that is appropriate and helpful. I have successfully worked with young clients using different approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Anger Management techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Creative Self-Expression, Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment Protocol, Sand Tray Work and Person Centred listening and reflecting.

For many, the signs and symptoms of poor mental health first occur in the teenage years and I am passionate in the belief that by addressing these in adolescence young people can build resilience, coping strategies and self-awareness early and therefore prevent these being carried forward into their adult lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Adv. Diploma in Counselling Teenagers - IATE London
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
  • Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment Protocol - Licenced Practitioner
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate
  • Extensive Safeguarding Training
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree

In addition to private practice and educational settings I have also worked in the voluntary sector. This includes roles in a substance misuse service, community youth counselling centre, parent support helplines and bullying advice services.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Adolescent Counselling
  • Teenage Counselling

Fees

Additional information

I charge £50 per 50 minute counselling session.

When I work

Available for private practice appointments weekdays, evening and Sunday afternoons

Redbourn Physiotherapy, 21 High Street, Redbourn, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 7LE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults