Taking that first step into the counselling room can sometimes feel daunting, so it is my aim to walk alongside you as we explore your lived experience together. Maybe past experiences are still influencing how you live your life today or maybe you have suppressed or numbed emotions through fear of being overwhelmed? These are quite normal thoughts which can be explored in counselling in a safe, confidential environment.
Counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ which provides the space and time to explore problems and difficult feelings. It may be that you do not know why you feel like you do and talking it through may give some insight. You may identify the root cause and any unhelpful behaviours with the aim of finding ways to overcome them. Becoming more self aware may bring clarity and a new perspective on what you’re currently experiencing.
As part of my journey, I have had a variety of work and life experiences, some have been good but others not so good. These have all played a part in who I am today and given me the necessary experience to do what I do. During my training, I worked with survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, bereaved clients in a hospice and with young adults in a college setting. I now run my own private practice offering face to face, online and telephone therapy. I also continue to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse with a registered charity.
The variety of this work has taught me to be flexible in my approach and to listen without judgement. We are all on our own life journey and experience it from our own world view. I have been in the client seat for many hours, partly on my own journey and as a requirement for my training. Knowing how it feels to be a client has given me a greater understanding of how clients may experience therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and my training took place over 3 years at Inter-Psyche, a counselling and psychotherapy training centre based within the NHS and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I’m also qualified in working online and by telephone.
I have extensive experience working with childhood sexual abuse, rape and trauma and continue to support a charity working within this area. I’ve also worked in a hospice supporting bereaved clients, and with those who have low self esteem, depression and anxiety.
So how do I work?
I trained as an integrative counsellor, which means I use a combined approach that brings together specific therapies tailored to your individual needs and personal circumstances. The most effective therapy does not come from theory alone, but the relationship that is built between client and counsellor and I aim to engage with you at a deeper level by listening and understanding your life experiences and walking the path with you. Therapy isn’t always just talking and I like to find the best way for you to be able to process your life experiences, sometimes creatively.
As part of my ongoing training, I attend regular CPD and events to ensure my knowledge remains updated.
I hold an Enhanced DBS certificate
Mental Health First Aider
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.