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BA(Hons) Counselling, Registered MBACP

About me

I'm an experienced counsellor which respects the individual needs and rights of my clients. I have a caring and warm nature, and I’m here to listen, to help you explore and understand any of your issues. I have over 20 years working with people in a variety of settings and roles.

How I can help

Sometimes we can feel lost, out of kilter, confused, stressed or consumed with grief. I offer a safe therapeutic space in which to work with you to process and understand things you may find difficult to face alone. I believe that self-awareness is the foundation of positive growth towards psychological wellbeing. Throughout my training I have developed my own self awareness which has deepened my understanding of self. I know how emotional pain feels for me, but I don't assume I know how your emotional distress and pain feels for you. By listening to you I endeavour to understand your world from your perspective, empowering you to a self exploration which in turn can untangle emotions. I believe that everyone has the ability to make their own choices and decisions and act upon them accordingly, I will be along side you to facilitate the process.

Making the decision to start counselling might seem daunting. However, it is the first step towards overcoming personal difficulties and working towards positive changes.

What to expect in your first session

The first session provides an opportunity for us to meet each other. We will discuss matters such as, what has brought you to therapy and what do you want to achieve from the therapy. This session also offers the opportunity for us both to decide if we are going to be comfortable working together. I will inform you about confidentiality, fees, cancellations and contact. Also, you will be able to ask any questions you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
BA(Hons) - Person-Centred Counselling
BTEC Diploma - Developing Counselling Skills

In addition I attend regular continual professional and personal development workshops which serve to broaden my awareness and understanding.

I have worked in charitable organisations including, Eating Matters, 4Woman Project and the Norfolk Recovery Project, working with people with a diverse range of issues.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

£40 for a 50 minute session.

For those facing financial hardship concessions are available, please contact me for details.

Payment is taken at the time of the session by cash or bank transfer before the session.

When I work

Monday to Friday 10:00-19:00, Saturday 11:00-18:00

Further information

There is a free village car park which you can use.

The nearest train station is Blythe Bridge, which is 0.7 mile and about a 15 minute walk.

I have bottled water available in my counselling room.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST11

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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