During these strange times some people have become anxious so if you have experienced corona virus (covid-19) I can help you understand your experience of the virus, its consequences and health impact, as well as any feelings of isolation, loneliness and loss.
I am also able to offer support when you are feeling anxious, experiencing panic attacks, have generalised anxiety disorder as well as traumatic experiences and sexual abuse histories.
The way I work:
I am a humanistic integrative counsellor. In other words I offer person centred counselling drawing from a range of other modalities, including Gestalt, creativity and CBT. I currently work with adult clients who present with anxiety, generalised anxiety, depression, grief & loss. I work in a non-judgemental, open and honest way and welcome feedback.
Who I work with:
I have been privileged to work with older people (+65); young adult lone parents/carers exploring parenting, debt, confidence, family issues and with clients exploring past history, childhood and adult trauma and abuse as well as those with a history of drug/ alcohol dependence; those with suicidal thoughts, grief and loss
How I work:
I offer short targeted session of 6-8 weeks and longer support as agreed between us.
I have recently undertaken training which enables me to support you using remote access including Zoom and email, both during and after the suspension of face to face meetings. I am a trained, active Samaritans listener, with nearly three years’ experience, and I’m happy to accommodate requests for telephone counselling, if this is your preferred method during lockdown. I have also undertaken training to enable me to support you during this pandemic.
I use a trauma informed approach for those who need extra support.
A little bit extra
When I am not with my clients I volunteer with Samaritans responding to calls, emails and (until February 2020) SMS messages from distressed individuals who access the 24/7 listening service. Many callers, who are emotionally distressed, access the lines to discuss suicidal feelings, ideation and plans. These calls may also include people who have PTSD, suffered abuse, have mental health disorders, have previous histories of drug/alcohol dependency & self-harm - many may still be in this cycle.
I am a volunteer counsellor with STARS - Dorset rape crisis. I am trained in their three stage trauma informed approach.
(I have an enhanced DBS certificate)
I work confidentially and maintain records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) & the Data Protection Act and I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
I offer online, telephone and face to face counselling. An initial assessment and contracting form part of my work. In exceptional circumstances I may offer home visits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Dr Bessel A van der Kolk’s Trauma Treatment Mastery Course PESI UK; CPD (27 hours) July 2020
How to do counselling on-line: a coronavirus primer - The Open University, Milton Keynes; June 2020
Counselling During a Pandemic - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; May 2020
Counselling Remotely - Redlands Counselling Training - Bournemouth; May 2020
Assessing Clients including remotely - Redlands Counselling Training - Bournemouth; May 2020
Foundation degree in Counselling Open University, Milton Keynes
Diploma of Higher Education CBT Skills & Practice - Redlands Counselling Training & the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - Bournemouth; October 2018 to January 2020
Diploma of Higher Education in Therapeutic Counselling - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; November 2011 - October 2015
Certificate in Life Coaching Skills and Practice - Redlands Counselling Training & CPCAB - Bournemouth; November 2019
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
As avolunteer counsellor for STARS - Dorset Rape Crisis I am trained in the three phase Trauma Informed approach.
Standard rate £45 per session per 50 minutes
Remote session rate £45.00 per 50 mminute session
Free 20 to 30 minute getting to know you initial phone chat.
Concessions offered for
Following the getting to know you chat and outline we will contract our work together, including essential information about you, payment amount, method and frequency.
I am able to offer single session therapy for talking through immediate concerns, anxieties and fears. Single sessions need to be booked in the same way as longer counselling therapies.