I've done many things in my working life but my journey into counselling began in 2008 when I decided to take a short introduction course. In Jan 2012, after a lot of hard work, I qualified (Dip.C) as a therapeutic counsellor and I've been in practice ever since. I have worked with the NHS, counselling agencies and I also run a successful counselling practice in Hythe, Kent.
The way I work
Counsellors are a diverse bunch, and I will likely work in a different way to other counsellors in the area, even if we work with the same 'theory'; the approach that I take is a flexible one and I will adapt to the person that I am working with. Most people attend counselling with a goal, something that they want to understand, or a part of their life that they want to change and in knowing yourself better you can shift your perspectives which can help you to feel less 'stuck', making decisions easier and your sense of meaning and purpose, less clouded. My work is open-ended, meaning that we will work at a pace that suits you and you can have as many or few sessions as you need.
I also offer a 'walking' service, which for some people can be a refreshing alternative to traditional indoor counselling. This is charged at the same rate as indoor work and only have to go walking when it feels appropriate for the work that we are doing. We will always have the first few sessions indoors so that we can get to know each other before we head out.
I respect the privacy of all my clients and in line with other counselling professionals, my service is confidential; we will discuss this in our first session and you will have a chance to ask any questions.
If you are interested in the technicalities of my theoretical approach, I am a (deep breath) existential-psychodynamic counsellor with a pluralistic attitude to working; in all honesty, though, it’s the relationship between us that’s really important.
I have an advanced DBS certificate and I am happy to work with people aged 12 years and up.
Training, qualifications & experience
MNCS Snr Accred - Senior Accredited Registrant and member of the National Counselling Society
- Due to begin in Sep 2019: MA,Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
- Level 6 Diploma, counselling supervision (Jan 2017)
- Level 5 Diploma, teaching in the lifelong learning sector (2015)
- Level 4 Diploma, the theory & practice of counselling - K College, Folkestone (2012)
- Level 3 Certificate, counselling skills - K College, Folkestone (2009)
I have been working with clients and other counselling professionals since qualifying. My experience includes agency work and private practice. I am also an experienced teacher and have been training others in the skills and theory of counselling for several years.
I enjoy working with trainee counsellors, offering the Personal Therapy or Supervision that is required during the training; I'm happy to discuss a concession to help with the costs associated with the training process.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a walking/outdoor therapy service that makes the most of the beautiful scenery in and around Hythe, Kent. Sometimes a walk along the canal or sitting on the beach can be a massive help to anyone trying to clear their head and work through a problem.
My fees for individual counselling are £40 per hour
(Sliding fee if on low income)
*A counselling hour is made up of 50 minutes of contact time, with 10 minutes used to write up notes in between clients. This is a very common way to structure the work
If you would like to know a little more about me, please feel free to get in touch; I'm happy to answer any questions that you might have and you're welcome to come for a chat before committing to sessions.
You are also welcome to visit my website using the link above.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Wednesdays & Thursdays
Types of client
Supervision & training
Being an Integrative Counsellor and lecturer, I have an awareness of many working models; I have a particular interest in Psychodynamic, TA and Existential Theory.View supervision profile