I know therapy can help because it helped me and I believe finding the right therapist at the right time is key.
My approach, initially, is very much about listening to you, understanding how you perceive your world and the topics/issues you might bring. Each client is different and unique and so is the way I work. For instance, you might just need a space to talk things through and reflect on your options and direction or you might want to focus on solutions to a particular topic/issue or you might wish to explore past experiences/traumas with creative interventions.
I offer sessions with or without my Pet As Therapy (PAT) golden retriever. He is a calming, often soothing presence in the room and if you opt to meet him; please be prepared for an enthusiastic greeting.
I work with adults of all ages and also with young people (14+). The most important thing is that our sessions are helpful and supportive for you. I offer an initial thirty minutes session at reduced fee to discuss your needs, see if we would work well together and if it would be benefitial to you.
Part of the work I do is to help you get in touch with what is right and important to you. Often we want a change from what is burdensome but we might be unsure what we could have/achieve instead. I find that clients are often surprised when they allow time and space to reflect and explore their own lives and feelings. Ideas, solutions, direction, a renewed strength to enrich their lives is often found.
I do work from a perspective that challenges, struggles, difficulties and trauma can also be an opportunity for positive change and growth. And I would feel honoured to embark on such a journey with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years of experience and training in a therapeutic setting. I have formal qualifications in Integrative Counselling (Adv. Dip. BACP Accredited); Creative Arts Therapy (Advanced Specialist Training Status with NCS) and Online & Telephone Counselling (NCS Training Status & ACTO Level 1). Oly, the golden retriever, is a fully insured and certified PAT dog.
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
Flexible daytime, evening and weekend appointments
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore I am informed and bound by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016).
I hold a clear and up to date DBS certificate.