You may be considering counselling because you, or a friend or family member, are experiencing difficulties with some aspect of life. This may be depression, anxiety, lack of confidence or because of a bereavement. You may be struggling with bullying, a difficult relationship, anger issues, an addiction to drugs or alcohol or you may want to improve your work/ life balance, self-awareness or make a difficult decision.
You're not alone- these are the kind of concerns which often bring people to counselling and it's very successful in helping to overcome these issues and achieve personal goals.
Choosing a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who has the right approach and skills to help you is really important . As a qualified teacher and counsellor, with over 6 year's experience of therapeutic work in schools, colleges and mental health settings, I bring a broad range of experience and knowledge to my work, as well as a non-judgemental attitude and a professional, but friendly approach, suited to both adults and children.
I work together with my clients, to develop a clear understanding of their situation, how it's affecting them and what they want to do. I may use different counselling approaches, depending on what is best-suited to the client (this is called an Integrative approach).
The benefits of using my service are that I can offer you some time and confidential space to explore any concerns you may have with someone who can listen without judging, gain understanding of you as a person and help to decide what you would like to get out of counselling. This should enable you to deal with difficult situations in the most helpful way, Sometimes this is achieved by exploring new ways of thinking, feeling of behaving (this is known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
I am happy to employ creative methods where appropriate- I have puppets, sand tray, art materials or stories and these are particularly useful when working with any client who finds it difficult to express their feelings verbally and very popular with younger clients.
When working with children and young people, I am happy to talk with parents first, without their son or daughter present if preferred. This gives parents a chance to meet me, see the environment I work in, discuss their concerns and ask any questions.
This YouTube video gives an idea of the way I might work with children
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate and Diploma in Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
I am a qualified Supervisor (Diploma in Consultative Supervision)
I have over 20 years' experience working in the social care sector with single parents, people with mental health problems, people with substance misuse problems, offenders, students, young people ages 3-17, including Looked After Children. I worked as a school counsellor for 6 years and continue to work with children and young people
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical framework and practice guidelines. I also have an enhanced DBS check.
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.
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
Costs for Counselling sessions are as follows:
Adults £40 per session weekdays or £45 weekends and evenings
Children and young people/ concessions (unwaged) £30 per session, £35 weekends
Costs for Supervision are £44 per hour or £30 concessions (unwaged)