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BACP Registered member, Diploma in Humanstic Counselling

About me

I'm a psychotherapeutic Counsellor within in a small, friendly practice in Kendal with ten year's experience working in a range of settings from primary health care to schools, and now in private practice based at the Porchlight Practice on Highgate in Kendal.

I bring all my experience and training to my I work, focussing my attention on your process, tuning in to your feelings and thoughts then reflecting back to you so you feel really heard and understood. You can expect to feel relief from tension or distress within the first few sessions.

As we continue to meet and connect, I would work to support the emergence of more maybe ‘difficult’ emotions and thoughts and help you to connect with these to create insight.

Together we will seek an understanding of what you want from your life and how we can help you to move towards that in our weekly sessions. You may not know and that’s normal – I can help you to get clearer. I'll check with you often to see if our work together is helping you. If you feel 'stuck' in your life, I can help you resolve; finding the energy to move forward one small step at a time. When everything feels too much, I can help you remember your strengths and abilities.

My training in humanistic psychotherapy enables me to hold on to hope and a belief in ‘the coming solution’ as I work to support you in leaning in to new directions in your life.

I believe that the people who come to work with me are experts on their own lives (even if they don’t feel like they are). I see one of my roles as walking with you as you access your own experience and understanding. With some people, I help them to ‘think things through’, some clients find it more helpful to express their feelings. As we work together some people are able to do both.

I offer a free initial assessment with no obligation, and then have a fee of £40 per session thereafter (or £30 for those on low income).

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained with the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling and qualified in 1990 with a three-year Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, grounded in client-centred theory with a further two years in Gestalt theory. My work is trauma-informed with a sound understanding of Polyvagal theory. I am trained to work with Neurodivergence especially Autistic Spectrum.

I have worked as a Counsellor in primary health care, schools and, most recently with MIND and SAFA alongside my private practice.

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.

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Fees

From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

£40 per session (£30 low/unwaged)

When I work

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Porchlight Practice, 122 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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