Counselling - Why Now?
if your new to therapy it may already conjure up so many questions. I am a professional Counsellor who offers counselling sessions to clients who have come to stage in their lives where now is the time they want to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviour in relation to a problem in their lives, which may help to answer some questions.
Initially, I will see you for an assessment session for us to meet face-to-face in a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment.
I have life experience and experience of working with clients who present with a range of problems and difficulties in their lives, for example;
- Fear, vulnerability
- Loss, bereavement.
My specialist field is loss and bereavement which can be an issue in life that can be frightening and shocking but can be explored in counselling to enable people to move forward with a new self-awareness.
I offer short and long-term counselling sessions which can be assessed in the initial session depending on a client's individual presenting problem.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained to be a professional Counsellor at the Central School of Counselling and Therapy. The training involved studying and understanding many theoretical approaches to therapy, for example, psychodynamic, person-centred to name just a couple. Understanding theory is one thing but putting it into practice is another and communicating it in a professional setting is the challenge of counselling,
I applied the theoretical approaches to practical training within the course setting with other trainee and qualified counsellors and gained knowledge and insight and confidence from this experience. I applied and was accepted on a professional placement with the national mental health charity MIND where I worked with a diverse community of clients with a variety of mental health issues.
This was supervised and recorded and became the necessary case studies for my final qualification. At MIND I introduced the assessment sessions - a system that matched a client to a suitable counsellor with relevant experience of their problem.
Since qualifying in the year 2000 I have worked both in organisations, for example, Brook Advisory Service, and private practice.
I am also a trained, qualified and experienced Holistic Therapist - working with the whole person, in terms of Mind, Body and Beliefs.
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
Initial Assessment Counselling Session is 75 minutes - £70
Follow-up sessions - 50 minutes - £65
I am available weekdays/evenings and some Saturdays. Please get in touch to discuss further.