However much we may feel that we should be able to cope with anxieties, depression, stress, loss, bereavement, lack of self confidence, self esteem, self worth and other difficult feelings, sometimes we can't and we need to seek help. Seeking help is the first step forward, working towards an understanding of the issues, which may be causing us distress and how we might be able to change the way that we deal with them to make life more manageable, or, possibly, even to resolve the issues.
Normally, I offer face to face counselling in a safe and peaceful room overlooking a private garden, but at the moment, during the Coronavirus outbreak, this is not possible. However, counselling can still continue by phone.
My training, and way of working, is person-centred counselling (Humanistic/Integrative), which is a collaborative partnership, balanced between you, the client, and me, the counsellor, working together to explore issues that are causing problems and distress and trying to find a way forward to manage, or, even better, to resolve these issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
After completing a Foundation Counselling course in 2008/9 I went on to train and qualify as a Cruse Bereavement Care Volunteer in 2010. I then qualified with a Diploma in Humanistic/Integrative Counselling (Dip.HIC) from Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2014. I have been working with Cruse since 2010 and with TimetoTalk, West Berkshire (a BACP accredited youth counselling agency), since 2012. I also run a private counselling practice.
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
The initial consultation is free, but thereafter fees per session (50 minutes) are payable at the end of each session, or at the end of each calendar month, whichever you prefer.
Fee per session: £ 40
I work within the guidelines and ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) of which I am a Registered Member.
I am also an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).