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Sex & Relationship Therapist, Counsellor & Supervisor

About me

Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships can be extremely difficult. Our own feelings of shame can keep us feeling trapped and feel that there is nowhere to go. I offer a non judgemental space to be able to talk sensitively working to resolve issues.  We will agree the focus of the work from the outset and keep this in mind throughout the journey together. We will work together to facilitate change in the areas you feel are needed.

My Services:

I work with couples, groups and individuals welcoming all gender and sexual orientations.

Relationship Counselling working with Individuals/Couple/Group Counselling - All relationships can be difficult at times this may include;

  • Communication Difficulties
  • Unresolved conflict
  • Affairs and Betrayal
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Children leaving home-whats next?
  • Family problems

Sex Therapy -Talking about Sexual issues can be extremely difficult. An example of the issues I work with are:

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Vaginismus- (painful penetration)
  • Premature Ejaculation,
  • Loss of desire,
  • Pornography Issues
  • Sex addiction/compulsivity,
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Sexual abuse
  • Kink & BDSM
  • Polyamory
  • Transgender

Counselling - Working with Individuals

Choosing a counsellor can be difficult and it is important for you to feel comfortable to work with the counsellor of your choice. I offer a safe, confidential and non judgemental space.

Some of the issues work with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Bereavement
  • Depression or low mood
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Managing stress
  • Work related stress
  • Weight/body image issues


I am an Accredited member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and College of Sexual and Relationship Therapist (COSRT)

I predominantly work with a Transactional Analysis (TA) model. I will draw on my integrative experience if needed.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with a wide variety of people from all walks of life, including military personnel & families, issues around caring for family members and student counsellors. For many years I have worked supporting victims of rape, and understand some of the feelings and emotions this can present. I am experienced in working with Sexual abuse and Offenders.

  • Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy
  • Diploma in Couples Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling (Accredited) MBACP
  • Integrative Diploma in Supervision
  • People Practioner Transactional Analysis
  • Foundation in Transactional Analysis
  • 3 years in Integrative Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • 30 hours training in Obesity issues
  • Stopso Trained Therapist
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Walk and Talk Therapy is available please contact me for more details.

  • Military Issues- serving personnel and families.
  • Carers looking after family members including Dementia
  • Work-related stress
  • Student Counsellors

Fees

From £55.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

  • Initial Assessment - £55
  • Individuals - £55 per session
  • Couples - £70 per session
  • Online - £55 per session
  • Supervision - £55 per hour

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Days & Evenings

Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
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.

Supervision

In person
Online

I am a qualified Integrative Supervisor, working with individuals and groups.

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