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About me

Life can become unbalanced as a result of many things e.g. relationship issues; an awkward family life; a death; changes in your career or personal circumstances as well as mental and physical health issues. Sometimes, we can face and resolve the disruptions ourselves and return to a normal life in a short space of time. At other times, it is not quite so easy. The unrest becomes more severe or lasts a very long time and can become increasingly intolerable or overwhelming.

Talking with close friends and family is not always easy to do and many people find it a relief to be able to talk to a caring counsellor. One who can support you through what seem huge life obstacles, helping you to discover new ways of coping or ways in which you can change your life.

My style of counselling puts you at the centre of all we do together showing you respect, warmth and acceptance. Whether you need to talk about your present situation, past memories or future concerns I will listen without judgement and support you to discover ways of moving through your troubling situation.

I have had counselling myself, on several occasions, and understand how hard taking the first steps towards sharing long-held personal distress can be. Beyond this I have seen for myself the rewards of counselling as it helped me to come to terms with my own life difficulties.

If you are feeling right now that you could do with a little bit of help then contact me to explore how I can best help you to regain harmony and balance in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

In addition to working with a broad client base supporting mental and emotional health I have experience in the following roles:

  • Volunteer Work with Samaritans
  • Volunteer Work with Mind
  • Volunteer work with St Margaret's Hospice
  • Volunteer work with Matrix Counselling
  • Facilitation of Anger Management courses
  • Facilitation of Peer Support Groups

Counselling Related Qualifications & CPD:

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)
  • Supporting People in Loss, Grief & Bereavement
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dissociation and DID
  • Dementia Awareness in Palliative Care
  • Child Safeguarding
  • Understanding Substance Misuse (USM –L2)
  • NLP Within (Foundation Course)

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

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

For individual counselling I charge £50 for a 1 hour session

Couples counselling is £90 for a 1 hour session.

Please ask me if you would like counselling but feel that that costs are prohibitive as some low–cost and concessionary rate appointments are available for those on a low income and for counselling students.

When I work

I offer day-time & early evening appointments for people in Taunton, Ilminster, Yeovil, Langport, Crewkerne & Martock areas. Contact me for a confidential chat on how I can best help you.

Further information

I have worked in a variety of counselling roles within local agencies including Samaritans, The Matrix Project, Mind and St Margaret’s Hospice. Additionally I am experienced in healing and complementary therapies as well as being able to offer individual coaching and group facilitation as part of mentoring /personal development programs. These and my diverse life experiences inform my integrative counselling approach.

Outside of my client work I have facilitated many groups, including Anger Management and Peer Support courses, and tutored counselling students towards their own qualifications.

Shepton Beauchamp, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My counselling room for face to face sessions is located up a flight of stairs.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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