I am aware that taking this first step and looking for a counsellor can be a very daunting experience and it's important you find the right counsellor for you. Counselling can enhance your life and be an enlightening and enjoyable experience.
I run my own private practice from my home in Bearsted, Maidstone.
I believe that at some point in our lives, we would all benefit from some counselling to get us back on track.
I work as a humanistic / person-centred counsellor and use aspects of other psychological approaches such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). I am aware that we are all different so I adapt my approach to best suit you, my client.
I understand that sometimes it's difficult to talk about our worries and fears so I can work creatively which can help you to explore your feelings in a different way.
I work in friendly, down to earth and compassionate way which builds a trusting therapeutic relationship and provides a warm, safe, respectful and non-judgemental environment for you to explore and express your feelings and emotions.
Counselling is a unique and individual experience which can enhance your life, it helps you to understand, be kind and begin to like yourself, allowing you to grow as a person and accept who you are.
I support both adults and young people with issues such as; anxiety, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, bereavement, gender identity, self-harm, relationship problems, obesity and many other problems that impact on us all.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member of the BACP - British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB
ABC Certificate in Counselling Skills
ABC introduction to Counselling
Training in CBT & Psychopathology of Obesity - (Bariatric Consultancy)
Experience of working with an obese client group and the psychological issues attached to eating.
Experience of working with young people between 11 - 18 years.
Working as an IAPT Employment Advisor (increasing access into psychological issues) - supporting individuals experiencing stress, anxiety and/or depression to maintain their employment.
Corporate counselling services - working with employers supporting staff with difficulties they may be experiencing inside and outside of the workplace.
IAPT Psychological Therapist for We Are With You
Running my own private practice.
Counsellor with Therapy Partners.
Prior to my counselling career, I worked for 15 years as a Human Resources Consultant for a local charitable organisation who support individuals with mental health and learning disabilities.
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
£40 for a 50 minute session for one to one counselling.
Our first session will be an assessment where we can discuss and decide if we both believe that we can work together effectively. I charge £20 for the assessment session.
I offer reduced rates for students and trainee counsellors so please do ask.
Concessions offered for
I run my private practice from my home in Bearsted and there is on road parking.