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About me

I have recently re-located from Colchester and now offer face to face counselling to adult and adolescent individuals from a room at my new home close to the centre of Bath. Since the pandemic started, I also offer online counselling on Zoom or similar.

My availability from September 2021 for private clients is Monday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 5pm.

You may be looking for a counsellor for the first time, so I'll try to describe what counselling with me might be like. The first one or two sessions are a time for you to start to tell me your story, including your reasons for wanting to seek help, your feelings and current difficulties. I like the definition of counselling as "two people coming together to work on the problems of one of them", so I will be listening to what you have to say and at the same time using my "counselling antenna" to notice patterns and themes and start to make connections between what you have told me and the knowledge and experience I've picked up from my training and work with other clients. I would usually then share some of my thoughts with you about my understanding of your problems and check with you to see if I've got this correct. Together, we would then begin to work together to try to find a way forward. This might involve you learning new skills, for example in assertiveness; trying out different behaviours, or trying to find a different perspective on a difficulty. The middle part of the therapy would perhaps be a period of trial and error in finding better strategies for coping, where you have ups and downs, but hopefully more ups. The ending of therapy would ideally be when you have made sufficient changes to feel OK and are confident to "fly solo".

I am interested in exploring what is making you unhappy, but I also want to help you to find a way to feel better and so not to have to come back! I'm also interested in de-mystifying the process of having counselling so that you can take ownership of any progress you make.

How many sessions this takes can vary from person to person, but I often see clients for around six to twelve sessions.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling 2008

Working in Private Practice from 2008 to present

Sessional work at COPE (Community Organisation for Problem Eating) 2010 to 2013 working with adults suffering from mild-moderate eating disorders

Counselling work with students at Colchester Royal Grammar School from January 2014 to July 2021

Educational presentations and workshops on mental health topics at Colchester Royal Grammar School January 2014 to Juy 2021

Since 2013 I have been developing an interest in Compassion Focused Therapy and have been training in the model developed by Professor Paul Gilbert of the University of Derby.

I undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development each year, including courses, seminars and reading.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Since 2013, I have been training in Compassion-Focused Therapy and now offer this as part of my work.

Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £55 per 50 minute session in person or online, payable by bank transfer
A reduced fee may be negotiated for returning clients

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday 9am to 5pm

Friday 9am to 5pm

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can find me on its register at

http://www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/

My BACP certificate number is 045617

Bath, Somerset, BA1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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