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About me

I am a Humanistic, Person-centred Counsellor available to cover North Somerset. I work from peaceful rooms located in Weston-super-Mare. I provide a Personal Therapeutic Counselling Service in my work with children, young people & adults, and Couples.

As a committed Therapist I work hard to understand your perspective and the predicament you are experiencing. The private, confidential and safe environment I provide enables you to express feelings, thoughts and attitudes freely, without the fear of being judged.

I believe it is vitally important to establish an understanding and trusting relationship so that you can express your feelings and life to make sense of the present situation. This can enable you to look forward to a better understanding so that you can cope with life.

Training, qualifications & experience

During my training I have worked in organisational settings before establishing my private counselling practice, which is based in Weston-super-Mare.

I also work within secondary schools in North Somerset, counselling students at their schools.

I hold a Higher National Diploma in Counselling Practice. I am Accredited with NCS (National Counselling Society). As well as private referrals, I receive referrals from Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP), South Glos. Council and Care Leavers Association, and from local youth organisations.

I work as an Integrative Counsellor. This means I believe that every individual is unique and by taking this approach I can therefore tailor my practice to my client’s needs.

My initial training in counselling was Humanistic. This means I work in a Person Centred manner and bring in elements of Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Transactional Analysis (TA).

I begin the counselling by establishing a working relationship so that we can clarify and define problem areas where we can agree to work together.

My work is client led and this enables the client to choose whether to work short term on an immediate issue or longer term on underlying themes.

Integrative counselling is a very empowering process and my aim is to enable your own inner strength so that you can move forward on your own. The therapy is one-to-one and an equal, rather than pupil/teacher relationship.

I regularly attend workshops and training days to keep my experience up to date and because I am interested in any new approaches, and in the field of counselling, in general.

I think it is important for my own personal development to be continuously learning and to be open to new ideas.

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

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

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Fees

Additional information

My fees are: (per 60 min session)

£45 for 1:1 work

£60 for Couples Counselling

£65 for Supervision Session

When I work

Please contact me for availability

Worle, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My consulting room is up one short flight stairs.

Supervision

In person

I am an Accredited member of the NCS (National Counselling Society), and hold an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision, enabling me to offer valuable, supportive Supervision to other Counsellors, Students and Professionals.

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