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I have some daytime and evening Zoom or telephone sessions available. Please contact me by telephone or via my website. Take care and stay safe.
I am also seeing clients face-to-face: my counselling room is large enough to allow us to sit at a distance of two metres (six feet) in order to maintain social distancing.
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and in my practice, I complement my Person-Centred approach with other modalities dependent on individual client needs. I offer a respectful, sensitive, honest and empathic approach. I work with children, young people and adults from all cultures, orientations and backgrounds and have experience of working with people who are struggling with a broad range of emotional issues.
I specialise in Loss and Bereavement and have worked with people of all ages suffering from complex grief such as loss through sudden accidental death and suicide. I enjoy working with young people and understand the particular difficulties they face whilst moving schools at 11+, 12+ and 13+. I have experience working with University students who may suddenly find themselves alone, worried they are not doing the right course, or experiencing trauma and shame and don’t know which way to turn.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend workshops to support my training which recently have included issues such as Eating Disorders, Attachment and OCD. I also receive regular supervision in order to maintain a high level of competence. I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and an enhanced DBS check.
I have over thirty years’ experience of working with people in both voluntary and public sector organisations, in caring and supportive roles. I have considerable experience working with children in both primary and secondary schools as well as with young adults at University. Previously I have worked as a Samaritan and a Childline volunteer. More recently, I have worked as a school counsellor in a local state secondary school and I am currently also a bereavement volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care working with both adults and children and young people.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Social Policy
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency of Voluntary Registration
- Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course - Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Cruse Bereavement Care - Children and Young Person’s Elective
- Suicide First Aid Level 4 Understanding Suicide Interventions
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
I have experience of working with adults and young people presenting with a range of issues: including anxiety, trauma, loss, grief and bereavement, low self-esteem, sexuality and sexual orientation, panic attacks and emotional abuse amongst others. I have supported a number of clients bereaved through suicide.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial 30-minute telephone consultation. This gives me an opportunity to hear some of your story and listen to your concerns. It gives you the chance to get a feel for how I work and whether I am the right counsellor for you. There is no obligation to book a session after this conversation.
Sessions are £50 for 50 minutes payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
For children under the age of 16 years I am more than happy for you to accompany your child/teenager for part of the first session. This will be discussed during the initial phone conversation.
If you are unable to attend a session for any reason, I ask that 24 hours’ notice is given where possible to prevent a charge being made.
There are many reasons why people seek support from counselling. Perhaps you have been affected by a loss, or have experienced shock? Your relationships with family, friends or colleagues might feel complicated or stuck. Or maybe you have a sense that something just isn't quite right, even if you are not sure what it is.
I believe that everyone is unique, and expectations around counselling are all different. You are your own expert, and no one client has the same needs: and with this in mind I provide both short and long-term counselling; depending on your individual needs. I offer daytime and some evening appointments: occasionally I can see clients at short notice if I have space. Sessions are for 50 minutes and at intervals set to your need. Regular reviews are held, and you can of course terminate counselling at any time when you feels it is right for you to do so.
My practice, Oakway Counselling, in Chesham Bois, offers free on road parking. I do have a number of clients who prefer home visits and if you would like that option, we can discuss that further. I also can provide 'Walk and Talk' therapy: please contact me for further information.
To find out more about what I have to offer you and how we could work together please feel free to contact me either by email, telephone or text. If you phone you will need to leave a message, but I will get back to you as soon as I can. All messages left are completely confidential and will only be listened to or read by me.