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About me

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and have worked with clients who have been struggling with various emotional troubles or difficulties in their life.

I offer a warm, caring and confidential space where you can talk about the issues you are facing. My approach is accepting and non-judgmental, giving you the time and space to be heard. I work respectfully alongside you and encourage you to find greater self-awareness, a sense of what’s happening in your life, and finding a way to live a more fulfilling life – it’s not about me giving you advice.

Contact

Counselling may seem really daunting at first, so please feel free to call me or email with any questions you have.  If you like, we can meet up for an initial appointment, either online or in person , essentially to meet each other and discover if we could work together. There is no ongoing obligation to meet thereafter.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Fully Qualified Counsellor
  • BACP Registered Member
  • BA (Hons) degree in Person-Centred Counselling (University of Middlesex)
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Metanoia Institute, London)

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by their Ethical Framework. In line with this, I have regular supervision and am committed to my own professional development.  I hold professional indemnity insurance and a valid DBS certificate.

Experience

I have worked as a counsellor since 2013, which includes working for three counselling charities, a Domestic Abuse organisation and as a school counsellor.

In addition to my private practice, I work as as Counselling Lead for a charity that supports women facing an unplanned pregnancy, or pregnancy loss. I have also worked as a Parenting Facilitator / Trainer for a family support charity in Southampton. Prior to being a counsellor, I worked in the Corporate Events Industry.

My counselling approach is Person-Centred. I work with adults of all ages, across a wide range of issues, both short and longer term.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer a free initial session to provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if we would feel comfortable working together.

My standard fee is £50 per 50 minute session.

It may be possible to offer a discounted rate for students and those on low income so please do ask me.

When I work

Please note: I currently have availability for new clients on a Friday. I am currently offering sessions online via video conferencing or by telephone.

Further information

Next Steps …

The relationship between me as counsellor, and you is at the heart of successful therapy so it’s important to choose someone who is right for you. I offer an free initial meeting which will give us the chance to get to know each other a little. You can tell me what you’re struggling with and ask any questions about the counselling process. I will explain how I work, and we can talk about how and when we could work together. After this initial session, there is no obligation to proceed. 

If you wish to proceed, subsequent appointments will be for 50 minutes and cost £50 per appointment. It may be possible to offer a discounted rate for students or those on low incomes - please do ask me.  Counselling may be short term (around 6 weeks) or more long term but we can discuss what is suitable and agree this together. We can continue to review these timings throughout our counselling.

In an emergency, please contact NHS 111, your GP or the Samaritans on 116 123.

Durngate, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23

Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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