Anxious? Depressed? Stressed? Confused?
Together we can find a way forwards.
Sessions offered face-to-face, by telephone or Zoom. For my availability, please go to the end of this profile or visit my website: Brighterdaystherapy.co.uk
I hope this page gives you the information you need, but please feel free to contact me if you have any queries. I understand that finding a counsellor can feel a bit daunting, and I would be happy to have a FREE consultation with you over the phone so you have a sense of who I am and the way I work.
Problems I can help with
I work with a wide range of issues and specialize in working with depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem and bereavement.
I am a fully qualified, accredited and experienced counsellor with over fifteen years’ experience in the counselling profession. I offer help with a wide range of issues and have worked in a variety of settings, such as the NHS, universities, charities and employee assistance programmes.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches to find the best support for you. I generally use a combination of psychodynamic, person-centred, cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focused approaches. I will help you to express what is troubling you and work with you to find the best way forward depending on your needs.
What to expect from counselling
At our initial session, we will discuss what has led you to seek therapy, and why now. We may decide on a fixed number of sessions, or you may prefer to work in an open-ended way, which means we will work together until it feels right to finish. We will try to establish what you want to get from counselling and how you might like things to be different by the time we finish working together. If you don’t quite know, that’s fine. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what’s bothering us and I am happy to help you figure it out.
How counselling can help
Often, the very act of sharing our thoughts and feelings with a trusted individual can be hugely beneficial in itself. It can feel like an unburdening. Often clients will say to me “it feels so good just to share that with someone!”
Sometimes, it may be helpful to explore relationships and events from the past that are still influencing us in the present. Experiences in our past can often leave us stuck in a certain way of thinking or behaving that is no longer working in our best interest. Talking things through with a professional can bring a new awareness about why we think and behave the way we do. This awareness is often the key to breaking free from old patterns and finding new, more fulfilling ways of living.
As we find ways for you to move forwards, I will support you in developing greater self-awareness and confidence. Whilst I won’t tell you what to do, my years of experience in the counselling and coaching professions have given me a great deal of insight into practical steps that can be taken to help develop healthier, happier ways of living. I will be pleased to make suggestions for ways you can support your own wellbeing, but there will be no pressure to take up any of these suggestions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling (Commendation) from the University of Hertfordshire which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also hold certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Online and Telephone Counselling. I am currently completing specialist training in Person-Centred Counselling for Depression which I provide on behalf of the NHS.
I am fully insured and receive ongoing supervision, which is a professional requirement and ensures my work is carried out to a high standard.
I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and my work adheres to the professional standards of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
- Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Training
- University Diploma in Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills: Loss and Bereavement
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
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
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Fees are £50 per 50 minute session.
I offer face-to-face counselling Monday, Wednesday and Friday daytimes.
I offer online/phone counselling on:
- Mon, Wed and Fri daytimes.
- Tues, Thurs and Fri evenings.