My Counselling Practice is based in Romford, Essex RM7 9LT which is accessible from the A12, M25/M11 /A128 and from Romford Station by the No 86 Bus. There is also free parking at the Practice.
What is Counselling?; Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a Counsellor. The Counsellor helps you to address and find a solution to your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. I am a Person-Centered Counsellor but also work in an integrative way, by this I mean I will combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit your individual needs.
About Me; I’ve been a Counsellor for the past Twenty Years’ and in that time I have been dedicated to helping people through the Counselling Process to live life with a positive outlook, to develop and grow emotionally and to become the best version of themselves.
I believe that we are all uniquely different and our perspectives, expectations, and needs are also unique. As a Counsellor, I respect these differences and I am open to working with my Clients to find a solution to their problems. The Client and Counsellor relationship must be based on open and honest dialogue if the working partnership is to work well.
My aim is to support my Clients to gain a different perspective on their personal circumstances. I strongly believe that this can be achieved with empathy, respect, and acceptance of the individual and the presenting problems without prejudgment. I am here to walk beside my Clients as a guide to help them to unlock the answers inside.
Tailored sessions that fit your needs: Our first session will be an initial face to face meeting or alternatively a telephone assessment. We will discuss your concerns and reasons for wanting to start Counselling.
Therapy should be a positive experience and our first meeting is purely to ensure that we can work together. Should we decide to proceed, we will agree a convenient time and date to begin your Counselling Sessions.
What makes me different from other Counsellors?;
I have specialist knowledge and experience of working with Substance and Alcohol Addiction and other forms of addictive behaviours. I also have links to Residential Treatment and can make this transition a comfortable and stress-free experience. I offer a safe, confidential independent assessment. Should you or a family member require more specific intervention with a problem relating to drugs or alcohol addiction, I can offer an assessment to identify and arrange Residential Rehabilitation Treatment with a registered and recognised treatment provider.
If Residential Treatment is not an option, I am able to recommend alternative treatment services, I am able to support you to identify the most suitable alternative treatment options. I offer a block of 12 open-ended Counselling Sessions as well as aftercare support. I also support Couples Therapy and Family Mediation. I am happy to meet independently or together before the sessions begin to ensure that we are all able to work together productively in a timely manner to address your problems in a constructive, objective and non-judgmental way.
What to expect from Counselling? During your Counselling sessions, you will have a safe space to express your feelings. You will be free to express your concerns with me, and by doing so I can help you gain a better understanding of how your thoughts and feelings and the situation is affecting your life. The Counselling processes, will help you to identify ways to find your own solutions to the problem. It can be emotionally liberating to share your worries and fears with another person who acknowledges your thoughts and feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - 00919208
I am qualified in the management of drug and alcohol misuse, achieving a Drug Management Certificate from the Royal College of General Practitioners and a Diploma in Person-Centered Counselling.
I am a Person-Centered Counsellor, but also work in an integrative way, by this I mean I will combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit your individual needs
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please see the Areas of Counselling list above
Covid related Counselling Issues
Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselling
Family and Couples Counselling
Fees start from £45.00 per hour for one to one Counselling and £70.00 per hour for Couples Counselling. I also offer a Concessionary rate of £25.00 per hour for Student Counsellors.
What inspired me to become a Counsellor:
I was born into a very large family of ten, my place in this world of siblings is number nine.
My mother was a full-time mother who also managed a business and a husband who struggled with alcohol issues. My father was a functioning alcoholic and it would take many years before I would gain an understanding of what that truly meant.
My father had many sides to his character, he was a warm, generous, funny, giving, friendly and a hardworking man, but most importantly he was a father and a husband.
When he drank, he became the other person, whom I will describe as sad, angry and silent with a sad far away look in his eyes.
When I became an adult, I had a deeper desire to understand my father and so I set out on my own journey of discovery, with one question always at the forefront of my mind - Why?
Why was my father not able to stop his self-destructive behaviour? Why was he unable to make the changes that he needed to make, in order to save his life.
WHY? was the million dollar question.
My journey began through my training as a Counsellor and this led me, not only to a better understanding of the person he was, but I also gained an understanding of myself and the influence and impact that the past can have on the present. But, most importantly, I began to understand that the past does not have to define who I am and who I could be, my choices and my future.