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)
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
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
When I work
I am available weekdays/evenings and some Saturdays. Please get in touch to discuss further.