Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am an experienced BACP registered counsellor offering counselling online via zoom and in ordinary times from my office in central Tunbridge Wells.
What extraordinarily challenging times we are facing. I'd posit its very unlikely that recent events haven't affected your life in someway, be that anxiety for the future, depression caused through isolation, stress through the work you are doing or worry about making ends meet because overnight you have lost your job. Additionally normal life events such as relationship issues and grief continue to affect us.
I want to personally contribute in anyway I can to the well-being of anyone suffering in these unprecedented times and whilst I continue to see my regular clients via zoom if I have the space I would like to extend a very warm welcome to you.
I always offer concessions to those struggling financially.
I chose to train in Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Intercultural approaches over 4 years, but it seems to me that the relationship we build together will be a much more important factor in our counselling sessions than the theoretical model used. Feeling safe enough to get in touch with and to share your true feelings surrounding your problems can feel like putting down a heavy load and is often the single most important key to change. You can only hope to feel safe enough to do this in an empathic, non-judgmental environment and its this kind of environment that I strive to provide.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that as well as adhering to their code of ethics, I have had a high level of training with supervised clinical hours throughout and I am committed to developing my skills through on-going CPD. This combined with my very broad life and work experience and the diverse client base I have had the privilege to work with, puts me in a good position to understand your situation whilst offering a compassionate, therapeutic, supportive space for you to figure out a way forward.
I believe that collaboratively we will find a way of working that suits you and your needs fitting our approach to you rather than trying to fit you to an approach, after all you are unique with your own way of looking at the world.
If the past seems too painful to look at we can work in the "here and now" or perhaps someone bearing witness to your past and walking alongside you whilst you unravel what that has meant to your present is just what you need to heal; but you know, you don't have to have experienced any significant event to benefit from counselling, maybe you are experiencing depression, anxiety, a lack of focus or direction and there seems no defining reason for where you are at the moment, counselling can help with this too.
I've experienced being a counselling client myself and therefore know how rewarding and sometimes challenging counselling can be, but coming out of the other side with a new sense of identity, personal insight and focus can be incredibly empowering and can enable you to carry on growing with confidence in your decisions and choices.
Counselling can help with things like:
- Relationship Issues
and sometimes feelings such as anger, loneliness, worry and envy can be symptoms of these issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I am a Clinical Counselling Trauma Practitioner (CCPTA)
I am Cruse trained
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I completed my clinical hours working for West Kent Mind, St Peter and St James' Hospice and for Cruse. On qualifying I continued to work for Mind as an Associate Counsellor before setting up in private prectice in the heart of Tunbridge Wells.
It has been my absolute privilege to work with adults of all ages and stages of life from many different backgrounds working on a diverse range of issues such such as depression, anxiety, abuse and low self-esteem.
I continue to build my knowlege through CPD and have a particular interest in working sensitively with clients living with the affects of trauma and low self-esteem.
Extra training has covered anxiety, trauma, couples counselling, DID, self-harm, CBT, BPD and mindfulness.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are charged at £45 (Please do contact me if you are unable to afford this at the moment)
Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged in full