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About me

I provide a non-judgmental, empathic, supportive space where clients can open up and feel safe and be heard. Whilst counselling can help clients to process deep, difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, I believe that therapy can also focus on the potential of my clients.

I am an Integrative Therapist who uses the best approaches to suit the issues that clients may bring into the therapy room.  I provide a non-judgmental, empathic, supportive space where clients can open up and feel safe and be heard.  Whilst counselling can help clients to process deep, difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, I believe that therapy can also focus on the potential of my clients.  I work in an integrative way with them to identify and draw on their inner resources to live a fuller, more satisfying life.

I use the best technique for each person, this could be CBT to help clients identify patterns in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a view to enabling them to better and more positively manage moving forward in challenging situations.  Another method I use is the psychodynamic approach which helps individuals to link their past experiences to their current actions and ways of relating to people and situations.   This equips them with the tools to understand how to alter or adapt their feelings and interpersonal relationships for more positive life experiences.  At times, I may use a person-centred model which continuously displays unconditional positive regard for individual situations and experiences, through the display of warmth and empathy this can give individuals the confidence to open up and look deeper into themselves without the concern of shame or judgement.  This can also assist individuals to develop and maintain relationships in a healthier way and to help them balance and maintain a positive mental health equilibrium.  I also place importance on mindfulness to help tame anxious responses.

My experience includes working within addiction and substance misuse which means I have worked with a vast client group made up of a diverse set of individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds, all of whom found themselves using substance for differing reasons.  I have also worked for many years in education helping young people to manage their emotional and behavioural difficulties.  I understand the pressures people impose upon themselves which can lead to unhelpful or damaging coping strategies.  I work to identify healthier ways of managing and have experience in a wide range of issues including conflict resolution.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a member of the BACP and am fully qualified in counselling, psychotherapy and CBT. My experience includes addiction/substance misuse; I have worked with a vast client group of diverse individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds, all of whom found themselves using substance for differing reasons. I have also worked for many years in education helping young people manage their emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

£65 per session

When I work

Saturday mornings for face-to-face Variable for online or telephone

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Willing to make home visits

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