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About me

Does life feel overwhelming or out of control? Feeling stuck and want a more fulfilling future?

I offer a confidential and safe therapeutic environment for you to explore and process the difficulties you are facing, at your own pace. Counselling focuses on your future and moving past any blocks that prevent you from living your life as you wish. Together we will explore your present difficulties as well as past experiences that have led to your current situation. This provided the opportunity to gain a deeper insight and understanding of yourself as well as your current challenges. I offer both long and short term counselling and can usually see you within 4 days.

We will regularly discuss your journey to check that you are still gaining what you require from counselling.

I place great value and importance on the client counsellor relationship and provide a non-judgemental holding space, promoting self-reflection and growth. This, in my experience as both client and counsellor, is one of the most important factors in successful therapeutic change.  We will work collaboratively with the work you bring and you will be in control of your journey.

Your starting point and end goals are unique as your difficulties affect you in an individual way. With this in mind, my approach is flexible and will be tailored to your needs, respecting both you and your goals. Change is facilitated in many ways, with an overall aim of reducing emotional distress and developing healthy coping mechanisms leading to a more fulfilling future. 

What to expect from your first session

Making the decision to engage in counselling can be anxiety provoking and daunting. I aim that make this process as simple and stress free as possible and provide a safe environment for you to explore your feelings.  Your first session will enable us to look at your reasons and goals for attending counselling.  During this time you can ask any questions or discuss any fears that you may have about the counselling process. After your initial session, you are welcome to book further sessions or take some time to reflect on your experience and decide if counselling with me is something you wish to engage in.

Please do not be put off if you are not certain of your end goals. Counselling is a fluid process and goals can often change, however, these become apparent throughout the counselling process.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Degree in Mental Health.2018
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2019

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

Additional information

£65 for single

£95 for couples

Type of session

In person