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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session will last for 50 minutes at a cost of £45 per session for face to face work and £40 for online or telephone sessions. I would recommend a minimum of 6 sessions and that sessions take place each week at the same time.
Concessions offered for
I offer weekday sessions and some evening availability