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Can I help you?
Whether you’re young, elderly or somewhere in between, I’m a qualified Counsellor, trained to put you and your concerns first, without judging you for what you say.
I'm available Monday to Friday on Zoom or face to face in Stratford, on the mornings, afternoons and evenings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Attending weekly, fortnightly, or monthly? It's up to you. It's your time and your budget. If you can put aside an hour of your free time to talk through what’s worrying you, weighing you down, or keeping you low, I can be here to listen, supporting you as you work through your concerns.
You may be worried about something you’ve wrestled with for some time – a change in a close relationship, a loss of trust, a transition in life, a drop in motivation, or just plain hopelessness. Talking about it may help.
If you’d like to understand more about how you’re feeling and thinking, I hope I can provide a relationship you can use to do that and more.
I operate on a session-by-session basis from the beginning, working mostly face to face, but also online and Walk & Talk by arrangement. No set number of sessions. You're in charge.
Will I understand you and your concerns?
I guarantee that I’ll accept you for who you are and treat you respectfully, as an equal. I work with people from all walks of life, covering a diverse range of issues.
Not sure what to expect? Counselling is rarely the way it’s depicted in TV dramas. If you’re brave enough to share your psychological struggles, I’ll listen carefully as I try to understand what it’s like to live life in your shoes. I’ll be approachable and supportive and, when necessary, challenging.
Besides, you can have a free, 30-minute taster session to assess whether you think we can work together with your concerns. Ask some questions, trust your gut feeling.
To book your introductory session, please give me a call, or send me an email.
If you then decide to give it a go, payment is simple and straightforward, via bank transfer, in advance, on a session-by-session basis.
Am I qualified, registered, insured and up to date?
Yes to all four. I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Warwickshire College, gained over four years’ training. I’m an Accredited Registrant with The National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society, work to the NCPS Code of Ethics and receive supervision once a month from a very experienced counsellor. I’m insured with Holistic Insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and Theory
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Level 3 Diploma in Learning and Development
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.
The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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
£45.00 - £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Your first 30-minute introductory meeting is free, via phone, video link or face to face at Tyler House in Stratford upon Avon.
£50 per 50-minute therapy session:
- Face to Face, in a private room at Tyler House Hub in Stratford upon Avon
£45 per 50-minute therapy session:
- Online via Zoom video link
Walk & Talk sessions by arrangement, in quiet locations around Stratford upon Avon.
Payment is simple and straightforward - via BACS bank transfer in advance of each session.
When I work
MONDAYS and FRIDAYS: Zoom online video sessions.
TUES/WEDS/THURS: Face to Face in Stratford, or anywhere on Zoom.
Walk & Talk sessions by arrangement.
What do I stand for?
I believe in therapeutic counselling because it’s helped me personally. I’ve had ‘professional help’ myself when I’ve needed it – from both female and male counsellors. After years of trying to sort out my problems by myself, with the same old thinking and behaviour patterns turning up day after day, I finally decided enough was enough.
I know what it takes to bring difficult feelings and thoughts to someone who knows nothing about you. While I was nervous about opening myself up to a complete stranger, I soon found that doing so without being judged was unlike any experience I’d ever had before. I turned up, learned to trust, committed to the process, did the work, in sessions and, most importantly, in between sessions. When I accepted what a difference it made to my life, I decided that I wanted to sit in the other chair and be there with women and men who needed to see a change in their lives. So I did the training, put in the voluntary hours, learned from failures and successes, found my own way of counselling.
Ultimately, I appreciate that counselling is for human beings, in a world that is far more than human beings. People sometimes ask me why I trained to become a counsellor. I usually reply, ‘Because I love trees. It’s a long story.’ From here, the conversation can go just about anywhere.