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About me

I am a Person Centred Counsellor with extensive experience of working with children and young people along with adults in a counselling agency and other social care settings.

I am working from a room in Shefford and also the possibility to work in Bedford also.

I can also offer online counselling via WhatsApp and Facetime.

I an employed by 2 Secondary schools and support students from school years 7 to 13 with experience of working with year school years 5 and 6. Being creative and empowering children and young people is a recognised approach and can really help express feelings and thoughts.

I work with Young Carers.

I am Enhanced DBS checked.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Counselling is a personal journey of exploration and self discovery. For whatever reasons you are looking at coming to counselling, I can provide you with a confidential and safe space for you to explore your feelings and inner self. We can work together within an emphatic, trusting, non-judgmental relationship to help you find a way through life's challenges.  Counselling can assist you in understanding yourself better and deciding on choices that work for you.

I can offer sessions that suit you; long or short term - you decide; whatever suits your needs. I can offer various times, please get in touch with any questions.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the BACP and work within their Ethical Framework to ensure safe practice.

Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Counselling studies (cpcab)

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (cpcab)

I have experience of working with children/young people struggling with mental health issues; anxiety, loss and additional needs. Prior to starting my Counselling journey, I have worked with children and young people supporting their emotional needs within various social care settings and schools.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked with children and young people who have been in local authority care.

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Fees

Additional information

I am offering affordable counselling for young people and adults whilst reflecting my experience and skills with counselling and social care settings.

£35 for under 18's

£40 fo over 18's

Cancellations made within a 24 hour period will still incur my session charge. This can be discussed in person once counselling has started.

If you feel the cost of counselling is a barrier please get in touch as I may be able to help still.

When I work

Week days and weekends.

Please ask for a time that suits your needs and I will be in touch.

Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Toilet on site.

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