As a qualified counsellor, I can support you to cope with whatever is going on for you at the moment and work with you to make the emotions that you are feeling a bit easier to sit with.
I accept you as you are without judgement.
How I work:
You are at the heart of this process and building a warm therapeutic relationship with you is really important in fact it’s key to how effective counselling can be. What I can offer you is a safe and confidential space, where you can feel comfortable to open up to me about what is going on for you.
I won’t be able to ‘fix’ things for you, or tell you what to do but I can walk beside you on your journey until the path gets easier or until you find your own answers.
We are all unique and the way I work reflects that. My approach is mainly person-centred but I also use other therapeutic approaches to fit the needs of the individual.
What you can expect:
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation before we start our sessions together so that you can get a sense of whether you would feel comfortable talking to me, and whether I am the right therapist for you.
Our first session will be 60 minutes as I will go through an assessment form with you but the following sessions will be 50 minutes.
Ideally, we will meet at the same time, on the same day, each week for the amount of sessions that we have agreed. I offer both short as well as long-term counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have always had a genuine interest in people and been passionate about helping others. Before training to become a counsellor, I was a teacher for 20 years; nurturing and supporting children, helping them to grow and to reach their full potential. In a lot of ways, counselling is similar.
I took some time out from teaching to have my own children and it was then that I felt that it was time for a change. When I began my journey to become a counsellor, I had no idea just how life changing it would be! I learned so much about myself and how the experiences that I had been through had shaped me and I developed the skills to help others do the same. Seeking help myself, many years ago, I also know first-hand the difference that seeing a counsellor made to me at that time.
As a counsellor, there’s something magical about seeing someone grow and change over the sessions and it is a privilege to be part of that journey.
Training and qualifications
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic counselling as well as training in counselling skills. I am an Individual member of the BACP which is a professional body that provides me with a code of ethics which I follow that ensure that I work in an ethical and safe way. I am fully insured and I also hold an up-to-date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
I specialise in working with adults as well as children and young people who are experiencing a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, stress, abuse, issues around sexuality, relationship problems, family issues, low self- esteem.
I currently work as a volunteer counsellor at a charity that provides counselling services for adults and young people experiencing issues related to sexuality, identity, gender and diversity. Previously, I volunteered with another charity working therapeutically with children and their families.
- Person-centred therapy
- Integrative therapy (including Gestalt and Transactional Analysis)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, and in line with Government guidance, I am only able to offer online or telephone counselling at the moment.
- Face to face counselling: £45 per session (not currently available).
- Online counselling via Zoom: £40 per session
- Telephone counselling: £40 per session
Concessions offered for
Given the current financial climate I understand that counselling can be expensive and that is why I have a small number of low-cost sessions available to key workers, anyone on a low income or unemployed. Please feel free to contact me for further information.
Contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07596840172.