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Seeking therapy for yourself can be a daunting process. You may even doubt whether your needs are ‘worthy’ enough. Everyone deserves support, but Assessments are a great way of gaining more information on therapy and deciding if it’s the right option. There are many reasons why adults seek the help of a psychotherapist or counsellor, but it boils down to the individual struggling with life on life’s terms. None of us is equipped with a complete set of emotional tools to navigate our living experiences successfully. As your therapist it is my role to support you to build your emotional tool kit. Although this list isn't definitive, it does cover a large proportion of reasons why people reach out for support. Are you perhaps:
Working towards a goal
Experiencing major upheavals in life
Needed to talk to someone outside of a friendship or family group
Needing a safe place to express emotions and thoughts
Having issues with relationships
Feeling confused of aspects of life
Working through unresolved trauma
Managing mental health issues
Struggling to deal with grief or loss
Identifying if what you are experiencing is ‘normal’
I am an Integrative Counsellor and I have chosen to work mainly within the Person - Centred Counselling framework. Person-centred counsellors create a climate of unconditional positive and congruent relationship for clients to explore their emotions and difficulties. In practice I have found I am able the use this approach to adapt to individuals’ specific needs. This paired with empathy, non-judgment and authenticity are the key to creating a relationship that promotes growth and change.
I am DBS checked and I adhere to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework which ensures that the highest professional standards are kept to, to guarantee that our clients receive best practice.
As a fully qualified Counsellor of over 25 years practice, my journey into mental health began with some major personal midlife experiences. At NAG (Nottingham Advocacy Group) as a trainee mental health advocate in 1992 I was accepted as a student at the University of Nottingham and studied Psychology and Sociology for 4 years. It was here I also studied and practiced as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. Since this time, I have developed a vast wealth of experience, conducted research and worked in a wide range of community settings. I have also had the role of Managing Director, researching with a team to provide survivors of abuse and users of mental health, robust services to become expert consultants, trainers, researchers, independent advocates and campaigners.
Training, qualifications & experience
My own life experiences which included a mid-life abrupt breakdown followed by a major trauma-informed me that I should slow down from my fast past life as an entrepreneur. In my questing to choose a new life and seek voluntary work I accidentally beached up at Emmanuel House a homeless day centre. I had experienced the benefit of the 4 months of counselling and psychotherapy that I had received at The Nottingham Clinic (NHS) for substance dependency.
At Emanual House, I began to realise that I was gradually coming home to my authentic self, blessed that I was able to listen fully to help the visitors, and at times soothe their worries and disappointments compassionately whilst experiencing real empathy to others. At NAG (Nottingham Advocacy Group) as a trainee mental health advocate in 1992, I was accepted as a student at the University of Nottingham and read Psychology and Sociology for 4 years. Therein I also read widely for four years to study and practice many of the major counselling practices.
Since this time I have developed a vast wealth of experience, conducting research and working in a wide range of community settings. I have also had the role of Managing Director, researching with a team to create Experts by Experience Ltd, a Co-operative Consortium (Not for Profit) to provide survivors of abuse and users of mental health robust services to become expert consultants, trainers, researchers, independent advocates and campaigners.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Concessions offered for
£60 Per Hour
Free Initial Assessment 50 mins
When I work
(Please drive in through the black iron gates and park in the large carpark. Opposite the entrance to the carpark there is a small court yard with benches. Please enter through the door to your right. In the entrance to the stair well you will see a small waiting area with the Serenity Logo. Please wait here for your appointment and your therapist will come down to greet you.)