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MBACP(Accred) UKRCP(Reg), Individual and Couples Counsellor

About me

Hello, my name is Monica. Thank you for taking the time to view my page.

I am a qualified experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor with over twenty years of experience, my style is open, warm and supportive. I respect difference and diversity so therefore my approach and way of working will be tailored to your individual needs. I offer long and short term individual counselling and psychotherapy in a safe confidential environment.

I have worked with adolescents, individuals, couples and families with the aim of helping them to enhance their lives.

My extensive experience has included working with relationship issues; Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety; Panic disorder, Depression, Stress.

I have experience working within the Employment Assistance Programmes, National Health Service, various charities, primary and secondary schools and colleges as well as working within my private practice.

Supporting professionals:

Often our busy lives feel overwhelming and we need to re-claim and take charge of where we are going and what we are doing.

Maintaining professional development can be a real challenge whether you are self-employed, an employee or a company director; whether you are responsible for your own professional development or for developing that of others.
I offer professionals a dedicated time for themselves to focus on their agenda, focusing on the present and future. I encourage empowerment to make significant changes that can be maintained and that will have an impact on themselves and working environment.

I can help people to:

  • To improve interpersonal skills
  • Embrace, new challenges without necessarily working harder or longer hours
  • Identify and develop core competencies
  • Review and maintain a work-life balance.
  • Review alternative career paths

The next steps

Please feel free to contact me via telephone (this is a confidential line) 07773 134055 or via email for your first free 15 minute initial conversation.

My practice is in Ash Vale and I can offer day and evening appointments*. Free of charge parking is available.

*Due to the current pandemic, I'm currently offering telephone and online sessions via Zoom. With the hope to resume face to face when it is safe to do so.

Training, qualifications & experience

Other areas of counselling I deal with:

I am a registered provider with Healthcare Insurance Companies (Employee Assistance Programmes).

I also have extensive experience working within organisations, the NHS, various charities, children centres, schools and colleges.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:

  • MBACP Accredited - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • MCCYP Registered - Counselling Children and Young People
  • U.K.R.C. Registered - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors

  • NOCN - Level 3 Training Certificate
  • NOCR - Developing Effective Skills for Adult Trainers
  • Certificate - Learning to be an effective trainer
  • Diploma(L6) in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

  • Post.Grad Diploma in Systemic Family Counselling
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Mediation
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate: Working with Adolescents
  • Certificate in Relate Couple Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory
  • Enhanced CRB check
  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Mindfulness, Depression and Anxiety
  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Depression

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Addiction

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Child Protection

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Children
  • Post Qualifying Certificate  working with Suicide

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Post Qualifying Certificate in Working with Eating Disorders

Through extensive study, I understand the importance of continuing my professional development by keeping up to date with both psychological literature and research. Therefore I frequently attend training workshops and courses to benefit both clients as well as myself.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Fees: £45 per session for individuals, £50.00 per session for couples

Free fifteen minute initial telephone conversation 

(Counselling student rates available)

Each appointment/session lasts one therapeutic hour.

How to make an appointment:

I can offer appointments during the day and evenings.

Please feel free to contact me via telephone (this is a confidential line) 07773 134055 or via email for your first free 15 minute initial conversation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Extensive experience working with NHS staff and the emergency services.

Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hants, GU12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme