I am a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and I abide by their Ethical Framework.
I often work with anxiety, anger and sadness based around issues concerning loss and/or relationship problems with friends, family, teachers or work colleagues.
Underlying my theoretical approach is a belief in autonomy and the tendency towards growth and the possibility of change. These are the hallmarks of the humanistic tradition, and whilst I occasionally draw from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches, I do so from a philosophically person centered standpoint. The most important aspects are that the counselling is guided by you, the client, and that I facilitate a therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor built on mutual respect, trust and clear boundaries.
I am qualified to work with children and young people, having provided counselling services throughout Kent within schools and via the NHS, where I see a diverse mix of clients ranging in age from 6 years upwards.
I also specialise in working with Carers as I have direct experience of being a carer and understand and appreciate the stresses and strains caring for someone with a physical or mental health problem can involve.
I also practice Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and use elements of these techniques to help my clients.
How Counselling Works
Usually I meet clients for an initial session where we find out a bit more about each other before starting counselling. It's important that you feel I'm the right counsellor for you and that you know what to expect.
To get the most out of your counselling, sessions should be regular, once a week preferably, for an open ended period. However, a more short term approach can be agreed upon at our initial meeting. Clients normally find a review of the working relationship at around the 6 and 12 session stages allows them to reflect upon how the therapy is working out for them.
Confidentiality is a very important element of counselling and I will discuss aspects of this with you at our initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Canterbury College and qualified as a counsellor in 2017, having subsequently gained an additional Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
I also work with other therapists, mental health professionals and trainees. I undertake regular CPD, including Child Protection Training with Kent County Council for School Counsellors.
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
The rate is £40 for a 50 min session, with some concessions. The initial assessment meeting can be for half an hour and is £20.
I also have experience of counselling the elderly, including those with dementia, having participated in a counselling scheme that ran throughout a number of care homes in Kent.
AS A PRACTISING COUNSELLOR I HAVE REGULAR SUPERVISION AND UNDERTAKE CPD (CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.) I ALSO HAVE A CURRENT ENHANCED DBS CERTIFICATE AND HOLD PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE.