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MBACP

About me

The first step in counselling is finding a counsellor you trust and feel comfortable with. I am a qualified integrative counsellor offering a confidential, non-judgmental space where we will work collaboratively to explore the difficulties and experiences that have brought you to counselling. Many people feel a relief when they are truly heard and understood, and this creates new insights and opens up a new path to move forward. Through counselling, we can create positive changes by exploring your current and past experiences, and identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking, allowing you to change and grow .

You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression, or a lack of purpose. You may feel overwhelmed, stuck, or lost in life. The current climate might be making you feel stressed and worried about your health, work or the future, so you want to find a way to cope with your anxiety caused by the ‘new normal’. Perhaps you know exactly what it is you want from counselling, or maybe you just feel you need to talk because something doesn’t feel quite right and you are struggling to cope. Either way, counselling is a journey of discovery, and I want to walk alongside you. Together, we can find hope and purpose for you again, we can change your negative core beliefs and empower you to set yourself a new horizon.

Who I work with
I am experienced working with adults and young people from various backgrounds and cultures. I focus on your unique situation and experiences as I concern myself with how things are from your own point of view, valuing the importance of your thoughts and feelings. I have worked with people of different ages who were navigating transitional periods in their lives. I also have experience working with people struggling with grief, coming to terms with chronic disease diagnosis, and supporting and empowering carers of family members. I work a lot with teenagers and young people who are trying to make sense of their feelings and emotions, as they learn to express themselves in a more healthy, positive way.

What next?
If this feels right for you, the next step is to contact me, and we can arrange a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss what is bringing you to counselling, giving you the opportunity to ask questions, and get to know each other better without obligation. We can then arrange our first session where we will meet using Facetime, Skype or Zoom. I offer short term or open ended counselling, so we may work together for a few weeks, months, or years, depending on your preferences and needs. Most people find weekly sessions more useful, but later you may decide upon more or less regular sessions if you prefer.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the BACP, ensuring I work within their ethical guidelines and following their professional standards for good practice. Alongside this, I am committed to ongoing professional development and further training to ensure my knowledge and experience is up to date, allowing me to offer the best possible therapy.

I have completed a diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, enabling me to use Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Somatic and Transactional Analysis theories within my work. I also use elements of my Philosophy Bachelors Degree to explore elements of existential and ethical dilemmas with clients. Further, I have a qualification in Counselling Children and Young People, enabling me to work safely and effectively with younger clients. 

I am experienced working with adults and young people with a variety of different issues, tailoring my therapeutic style for each person's needs. I spent 2 years volunteering for a mental health charity in London, working with adults with mild to moderate mental health challenges.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Chronic illness diagnosis
Living with chronic illness
Type 1 Diabetes

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

£55 per session
£45 concessions per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Available for remote sessions on weekday daytimes and evenings.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Whatsapp