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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st August 2022

About me

Welcome,

Something about me

I believe that the relationship between me and my client is unique and special; I feel it is important that our time together creates a safe and productive union in order to guide you on the path of self-healing. In choosing me as your counsellor you are making the decision to trust me with your inner most thoughts and feelings and I honour that by working ethically, legally and within my limits of proficiency. I recognise the vulnerability and bravery it can take to talk to a mental health professional and I am focused on offering an environment that is safe, nurturing, non-judgmental and empowering.

Something about how

The way I work is primarily through Person centred talking therapy, that means listening to your individual needs, wants and deserves. There are times when I will draw on Cognitive behavioural therapy, Transactional analysis and creative methods too. My role isn’t to tell you what to do or give you solutions, what we CAN do is work collaboratively to get an understanding of how you relate to people, where your thought patterns come from and what make you YOU.

Something about why

There may be a specific reason that you need to talk to a professional about your mental health, perhaps bereavement, anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, eating disorder, repeating unhealthy behaviour or thought patterns, relationship breakdowns; whatever it is for you it is OK to seek help in making sense of your situation. You don’t need to be at crisis point in order to look for support, sometimes we just need to be able to put our metaphorical jigsaw pieces together and get a clearer picture of ourselves.

Something about where

I run my practice from my home in Whitchurch, Aylesbury. I have created a therapeutic space that I believe to be warm and nurturing. Please be aware that pets live in my house so if you have any allergies then you may want to take that into consideration. There is plenty of parking available and the village is on the Arriva X60 Milton Keynes- Aylesbury bus route.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Working towards a Masters in Autism & related neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Foundation degree in Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic counselling
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling studies
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills
  • Higher Education diploma (inc' Challenging ideas in mental health, Death and dying, working with children and families)
  • Secondary school Nurture group practitioner
  • Creative youth wellbeing & mindfulness coach

Experience in addition to private practice

  • Working therapeutically with young people (11-18) in a school setting
  • Counselling Male prisoners
  • Counselling young people in local authority care

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

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£45 per 50 minute session

Sessions can be paid for in cash or bank transfer

Discounts can be offered to student counsellors and those receiving benefits, evidence will be required.

When I work

Thank you for your interest but I currently do not  have availability.

Practice hours-

Monday, Tuesday, Friday 10-6

Wednesday, Thursday 10-8

Further information

Special interests-

Within my practice I have an interest in working with Neurodiverse clients. I have worked therapeutically with young and adults clients who identify as having Autism, ADHD (all 3 sub categories), Tourette’s, PDA, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia. I am keenly aware of the mental health issues that can present with Neurodiverse individuals as they have often received the message of being ‘less than’. I endeavour to provide an environment whereby that person can be empowered and valued to live as their authentic self.

I have experience working therapeutically with clients that are exploring their gender and sexuality. I have worked with individuals and family members of the trans community. My aim for my clients is that they will receive a positive, warm, non- judgemental experience from counselling so that they can unpack their emotional thoughts and needs. I come to the Counselling environment with a non religious, cultural or gender bias.

Whitchurch, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22

Type of session

In person
Online
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online counselling available to wheelchair users that can't access my premises. I am open to discussing alternative venues that suit the client, home visits would be considered.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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