In these difficult covid times, many people are feeling near breaking point, feeling they are only just coping. Whether you are struggling as a key worker, out of work, alone and isolated, or overwhelmed by it all, there can be great relief in having someone there who can listen to you and not judge, who can take in just how it is to be you right now. Fresh perspective and insights can emerge and reveal positive ways of meeting your situation.
Meeting inside is not possible yet, but I can offer safe face to face sessions, weather permitting, in my private garden. Alternatively I offer on line sessions using video and mobile phone. I am struck by how well this can work. It is important for this medium that you have your own private space for us to "meet".
Counselling in Norwich and Norfolk
Being away from your normal environment, in a safe space, where you can be fully met and accepted however you are, can really help you discover what is going on for you. It is amazing how this experience alone can be so helpful, releasing energy and a sense of hope in meeting your life.
In the counselling we explore together familiar patterns of behaviour and thought we all adopt, often early in life, to meet the world. We can discover how they no longer apply to our lives now. In coming to accept and understand our selves more fully we discover how we can live from a more centred place within ourselves.
I know the value of psychotherapy from the inside, having over many years explored my own issues through individual as well as group therapy. This experience is at the centre of what I feel I offer in my work. It has deepened a conviction that we are whole beings, mind, body and spirit, and that to be met, and to meet ourselves compassionately in this way, is what heals. It has also taught me the significance of our early experience in how we respond to our life now. I believe we are all unique. Being integrative means I draw on a wide range of different approaches to help you make sense of your issues.
As a UKCP registered counsellor I adhere to their professional code of ethics, undertake continual professional development, and have regular supervision. Together with my formal training and experience, these structures provide a supportive framework for our work together.
I work from a room in Central Norwich and from my home near Mattishall. I have trained in and have been working online since March 2020.
It can feel hard to ask for help, and finding the right person for you is very important. Feeling able to trust your counsellor is fundamental for any counselling to work. Do feel free to ring me if you have any questions, or to see if you would like to book an initial session. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked and volunteered in many community and mental health settings, most recently as a volunteer counsellor for Norwich Mind, and currently for a Norwich based charity, St Barnabas Counselling Centre. I have a degree in Psychology (1981), and in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2018). I am registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) reg no: 2011166085.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Per 1 hour session: £45 : negotiable for students or those on low income. Please ask about this.