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About me

About Counselling:

Deciding to see a Counsellor is often a difficult first step, especially for those that have never experienced counselling before. It can be hard for us to express how we feel, and we may be fearful of discussing what is troubling us. We can so often dismiss our own needs in order to fulfil the wishes and expectations of those around us. Finding the time to care for our emotional well-being can be seen as an indulgence and in today’s busy world a necessity we often overlook. The pain and suffering that can come about from suppressing our emotional needs can lead to both physical and mental issues.

As an experienced Counsellor I believe that once we truly understand how we think and feel we can gain greater clarity, strength of purpose and become more self-aware. Counselling can allow us to view ourselves in a more positive and constructive way, make different choices for ourselves and recognise the origin of our thoughts and feelings.

How I work:

I work in a comfortable space in Tunbridge Wells and welcome clients with warmth, respect and listen without judgement. As a Humanistic Counsellor I believe you are the expert on yourself and therefore are in control of what you wish to explore and understand. I focus on an integrative approach, so my theoretical understanding allows us to work according to your needs and chosen goals.

Training, qualifications & experience

What I can help with:

Alongside private practice, I have worked for Macmillan Cancer Care, the NHS and Cruse Bereavement Care. Symptoms and life issues that I frequently work with include depression, anxiety, bereavement and relationship issues. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and many people come to counselling because they have a general feeling of low mood and a sense that life is not how they would like it to be.

Above all else, I believe it is the relationship between the counsellor and client that will provide the best opportunity for change and as such, no matter how big or small the problem seems to you, you will be treated with warmth and respect.

Training, Qualifications & Experience:

I am fully qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from the Wealden Institute of Psychology. I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their strict code of ethics. I have regular supervision and I am committed to ongoing professional training as per the BACP guidelines.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each session will last for 50 minutes at a cost of £50 per session. I would recommend a minimum of 6 sessions and that sessions take place each week at the same time.

When I work

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I run a small private practice from home in Tunbridge Wells 

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom