Are you feeling stressed... suffering from depression or anxiety... or have you lost someone you care about? Are you having relationship issues or feeling down or finding it difficult to cope at work? These and other challenges are a natural part of life but can sometimes be difficult to manage on your own.
In the current environment you may feel anxious about meeting face-to-face. I have extensive experience of supporting clients on the phone or online. Anxiety is a special focus for me so please do seek support if you feel you need help in developing strategies to manage your anxiety about the health, work and economic challenges that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting.
Counselling is not just for people who have mental health issues. It’s for anyone who feels stuck or is going through a tough time which they are finding difficult to sort out on their own.
I bring my experience of having helped other people in similar situations. But each person is different so it is important that I understand your needs and can respond in the best ways to help you achieve your goals. I have particular experience of helping people with anxiety and stress, helping to build resilience and working with those who are grieving following a bereavement.
Counselling is not about telling you what to do or giving you advice. I will listen to you without judging or criticising, and respect your views and experiences. I will support you as you explore and clarify your own thoughts and feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I originally qualified as a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counsellor but have subsequently trained in a number of different approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I hold certificates in both Cognitive Behavioral Coaching and Performance Coaching and a Diploma in Stress Management.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such follow their code of ethics. I undertake regular training to update my knowledge and skills and am supervised to ensure safe practice for both my clients and myself.
I work mostly in private practice offering one-to-one therapy to adults who come to me directly, although I do accept referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) or from medical practitioners.
In addition I occasionally offer group counselling for people who want support for specific difficulties, such as stress management or bereavement. Working as part of a group with people who are facing similar challenges offers a different experience and benefits to individual counselling.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees for one-to-one adult counselling are £60 per session
Group fees (available on enquiry).
It is occasionally possible to negotiate fees for those with financial hardship - please contact me to discuss this.
Please feel free to email or call me on 07880 972774 for a completely confidential discussion. It is important that we both feel that we can work together and I understand that you may want to check out some information before deciding whether to come and see me for an initial consultation. If I am not available please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.