It is my priority to maintain as COVID secure a practice as possible and I have undertaken a thorough risk assessment. Clear sanitisation procedures and adequate natural ventilation of the therapy room will be part of every session. Please note that despite best efforts these measures cannot entirely eliminate any risk, and it is important that you consider this risk to you and your loved ones before agreeing to meet in person. Finally, do take a look at the short sandtray video at the end of my profile, put together at the start of the pandemic, that I hope will still be supportive for parents to view.
How can I help?
Does your child struggle with anxiety, angry outbursts or seem very stressed?
Are you worried about work issues or your health – or maybe you often feel misunderstood and confused, wary, wounded or stuck?
Perhaps you are wondering if your grief and pain will ever end?
Who am I?
I am an experienced counsellor working with children, young people and adults in Caversham and the Reading, Berkshire area.
I love the work that I do and strongly believe in the therapeutic process and what it can offer. Existing in this world is not always easy and counselling provides a safe place where you are the focus and can explore whatever is troubling or concerning you. I will listen deeply to you without judgement and support you in finding out what is really important to you, and your way forward. In my experience it is when you begin to know and accept yourself more fully that you can trust yourself and start to realise the choices that are available to you.
Initially trained in person-centred and existential counselling, I have since had significant specialist training in play therapy and counselling children and young people, attachment and trauma. I use many different creative and expressive resources geared to your child’s interest and developmental stage, and work collaboratively with my clients to help make sense of what is going on in their lives. I can deliver short, medium and open-ended therapy according to your requirements and budget.
I also offer sandplay therapy, a creative and effective way of working with children, young people and adults, whereby a client has access to miniature figures, water and a box of sand in order to tell their story and process feelings. Dora Kalff initially developed Jungian sandplay therapy and I integrate skills from gestalt sandtray, object relations theory, transpersonal and person-centred sandtray work. This creates a flexible and adaptable non-verbal therapy ideal for children – as well as clients who struggle with words, accessing feelings or want to go beyond talking therapy. The results are that children in particular will be able to express feelings, traumatic memories and improve their behaviour, sometimes in a relatively short space of time.
I qualified in 2010, having previously been a primary school teacher. My experience includes counselling in a low-cost not-for-profit agency with a wide range of clients of all ages, extensive work within primary and secondary schools and more recently in private practice. I am an adoptive parent to two awesome adult children and have many years’ involvement in supporting parents and school staff.
As an BACP Registered member I abide by their ethical code so you can be assured of my professionalism and training. I have regular consultative supervision and engage in on-going CPD which ensures that I provide my clients with the best service that I can. I hold full public liability insurance and an enhanced DBS.
Talking moments with children are forms of singing, dancing, exploring, giggling, attaining, weeping, wondering, wandering, within quiet, banging, resting, bouncing waving oceans and clouding brilliantly skies. Dan Hughes
The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Level 7 (Distinction), Thames Valley University
Diploma Trauma-Focused Play Therapy & Counselling with Children & Young People, Flourishing Minds
Certificate Integrative Sandplay, Jill Carter Training
I am currently working towards a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, have a BA (Hons) in English Literature & Biblical Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
My recent continuing professional development includes training in clay therapy (Lynne Souter-Anderson), autism (Tony Attwood), Internal Family Systems Therapy (Frank Anderson), suicidality (2020 Sucide Prevention Summit, Mental Health Academy), creative approaches for working online with children and creating virtual therapy rooms (3P Psychologies for Life Adventures).
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
From £45.00 to £55.00
Children: £45 per 45 minute session
Parent(s) or Parent/Child: £55 per 60 minute session
Adults: £50 per 50 minute session
Therapy is an ongoing relationship and sessions are usually weekly.
Please ask about fees for requesting sessions in school.
Monday and Friday: daytime and evening appointments
I try to be flexible so please do ask if another time is easier for you, as I may be able to accommodate this.
My therapy room is a quiet and comfortable garden studio, reached by a slightly uneven path and one step. Unfortunately, therefore, it is not easily wheelchair accessible.
A good place to start is by having a no obligation chat on the phone to see if I can help. Please do leave me a message if I am unable to answer the call and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I endeavour to offer you an initial appointment within a few days.