Compassion Focused Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Therapy offers you an opportunity to bring closer attention to your current ways of thinking, behaving and responding to others, your life experience and your own needs. It's not your fault things feel tough right now, we have complex brains. However you can take responsibility as an adult to make a choice to focus your attention on your mental and physical wellbeing. That is a choice we all have as human beings, we can all develop and maintain safe habitual behaviours and healthy lifestyles choices focusing from our curious and wise minds.
Participating in a therapy process takes 3 steps;
1. Courage - to be vulnerable, to be open, and accepting of what is going on right now.
2. Change - through exploration and self-awareness, development and growth will occur. A focus of gratitude is fundamentally important to a person's wellbeing as is feeling appreciation, rather than the need to feel happy all the time or striving for perfection which can not realistically be maintained.
You will have the opportunity to take responsibility for what doesn't feel right and find new ways to be more compassionate towards yourself and others to improve your mental wellbeing.
3. Continue - throughout the therapeutic process you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself and be on a new pathway to focusing your attention on living your life with more contentment through alleviating your distress.
My focus and promise to you is to be on that pathway with you as you develop the skills, knowledge and self-awareness through our discoveries and explorations together. I support my clients from a compassionate and mindful perspective.
Therapy takes commitment from both the client and counsellor as the therapeutic relationship is paramount for you to feel safe, held and supported throughout the therapy process.
Who do I offer Counselling too?
Adults 18 +
Training, qualifications & experience
As a registered and accredited member of the BACP, I work ethically within the standards of the Professional body as a competent private practice counsellor continuing clinical supervision and professional development attending courses, workshops, events and research. I was awarded a level of Distinction completing my Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling.
I have attained CPD training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Introduction to Theory and practice of CFT - completed June 2020
Advanced Clinical Skills - completed February 2021
Counselling Tutor Training
80 Hours training in Online and Telephone Counselling - completed Jan 2021
I have worked within schools, Lincolnshire Counselling Service, YMCA, Lincolnshire County Council, and now in Private Practice currently based online at home.
Many of my referrals come from word of mouth through my previous clients, other colleagues a few GP's and some EAP organisations.
From personal experience, I can empathise that engaging in a therapy process is a personal journey of exploration and self-discoveries.
You may experience a sense of anxious or overwhelming feelings as you release deep emotions during the counselling process as you find your way of improving your mental health and well-being. I am here to support you through this process with empathy, encouragement, compassion and acceptance!
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Specialising in Compassion;
Why do we need compassion?
Because life can be incredibly complex and challenging at times leaving us feeling out of control, uncertain or overwhelmed.
Living in the here and now from a more mindful approach to experiencing life with a calmer mind and compassionate focus towards our self and others will alleviate distress and tricky situations.
Understanding the three-system emotion regulation model gives us a clearer picture of how we can balance our emotions more effectively, shifting away from feeling out of control or overwhelmed which could bring us anxiety, stress, pain or suffering.
We can step back, pause, breathe, process and reflect.
It is not our fault what genes we were given, how our early life experiences evolved. If we feel limited by inner resources we have developed from learnt behaviours developed through family generations, however with our creative and curious new brains we can take responsibility for how we act now, how we choose to continue to develop and grow as our adult selves.
Impacts our responses
When we look at what is happening in our lives right now there is so much pain and suffering occurring. This can impact on our own mental health and capacity to be resilient from all we are observing, hearing or experiencing. The consequences of this can be the difficulties in maintain healthy responses in our behaviours, communication and interactions internally and towards others.
Developing a compassionate mind requires a focus on wisdom, understanding that evolution has built our human bodies with the capacity to feel physical pain and our minds have signals wired to look out for potential dangers. Therefore, this evolution of processing and feeling has left us experiencing ‘tricky brains.’ Compassion is recognising the pain and suffering within yourself and or others and the desire of take steps to alleviate the suffering.
Threat is felt in our body
What we can do to alleviate the pain and suffering is to take responsibility of making healthy choices for ourselves now?
The more orient our attention is to continuing feeling compassion for others, our self and from others the safer we will feel within our soothing system where we experience caring, kindness, calmness and safety. Our gentle internal dialogue of how we talk to ourselves is also paramount. Come and learn more....
Concessions offered for
Please contact me for further details of my current practice.
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a consultation session where we can share up to an hour to explore the possibilities of us engaging in a therapeutic process together.
Continued sessions will last up to 50 minutes on a weekly basis or as agreed at our consultation session.
£45.00 per session for adult clients. Reduced fees can be discussed for people affected by the Coronavirus.
I will be offering Nature therapy sessions as an alternative to face to face therapy which is very effective for people feeling heightened with anxiety or feeling low with depressive tendencies.
Appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Fridays.
Its never too late to make health changes within the way you communicate, respond and interact with others and towards yourself.
Compassion takes courage, strength and wisdom, all these personal qualities can be gained, rediscovered and accessed through your desire to make healthy changes. Your Mental Health Matters to me.
Online Therapy available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Walk and Talk/Therapy in Nature appointments available soon.
I work collaboratively with the team of counsellors and psychotherapists online and locally in my area. I continue to support clients through, EAP's and self referrals within my private counselling practice.
Thank you for taking the time to read my page and I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you may have to see if I am the right counsellor for you.