We all need support at some time in our lives and no issue is too big, or too small, to ask for help. Having found the courage to seek support, it is then important to find the right person. Once you’re satisfied that a counsellor is sufficiently well qualified, and experienced in what you wish to bring, there are two other issues to consider.
Firstly, whether their preferred style of working matches your expectation.
I would describe my way of working as collaborative; we will work out what you hope to gain from counselling, and go at your pace. We can have a long or short-term arrangement to suit your needs. I will be real and honest with you in terms of telling you what I think and feel, but won’t assume that I know what is best for you because I am confident that you are the best judge of that, even if you are currently having doubts.
Secondly, but probably more importantly, is personality. A compatible personality is really crucial because it is the quality of the relationship, rather than the technique that can really make the difference. As this is a not so easy to portray on a website without a long list of descriptive words, the very best way to decide is to book a no obligation initial session to see whether it feels right.
I invite you to contact me in a way that feels most comfortable for you; email, text or ring for a chat if you want to know a bit more.
If you feel ready to take this first step, I would be pleased to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
In a variety of roles in the health and social care sectors spanning 30 years, I have had the privilege of working with adults and children from diverse backgrounds. I have supported people through anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychosis, self-harm, relationship difficulties, childhood abuse, domestic abuse, dementia, bereavement and self-development. Whatever the presenting issue, in my experience it is having a trustworthy person to talk to, who tries to see your point of view without judgement, that is paramount in enabling people to regain a sense of control over their lives. I strongly believe that, given the right support, we all ultimately have the potential to find our way through difficult times, and it is this that prompted me to train as a person-centred therapist.
Having completed three years accredited training, I am member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work within the BACP ethical framework (available to view at www.bacp.co.uk ), I attend regular supervision and am working towards accreditation.
In addition to seeing adults and children in private practice, I also offer counselling and therapeutic play in a local primary school. Previously I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for Women’s Aid, an organisation that provides a range of services for women who have experienced abuse and for Penhaligon’s Friends, who support children through grief and loss.
Other training that I have undertaken includes
- ASIST suicide intervention training
- DASH RIC Training (Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment)
- Cognitive Behaviour Training
- Introduction to Ecotherapy – Counselling with Nature in Mind
- Working with Childhood Grief and Loss (Levels 1&2)
- Graduate Certificate in the Care and Development of Children and Young People
- Feelings Matter Most (Working with people with Dementia)
- Transactional Analysis (TA101)
- Membership of NMC (professional regulatory body for nursing)
- Certificate in Therapeutic Play
- Counselling Supervision
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour