I am a BACP accredited counsellor, working with adults and young people. My private practice includes referrals from Employee Assistance programmes and self referrals. I also work in a Welsh-speaking secondary school and on a university campus, seeing students (and staff, when appropriate). My initial training nearly 20 years ago was as a co-counsellor and I then completed a Diploma in Counselling in 2007 at Coleg Sir Gâr, a BACP accredited training in a humanistic, person-centred, integrative approach.
We all of us have problems and difficulties in life. The way these affect us is sometimes to do with how we see ourselves in relation to what is going on, the meaning we take from it. Talking to a neutral person in a safe, confidential space outside of everyday life can be an effective way to see things more clearly, gain a different perspective and work out what options you have. As a counsellor, I try not to give advice, but rather to help you find your own solutions. I am happy to listen to you talk about anything at all that may be troubling you. My expertise is not in knowing the answer to your problem, but in listening, enabling you to understand your situation more clearly, understand the patterns of behaviour or thinking you may be using and see what choices are open to you.
You may talk about anything you wish to. Sometimes people want to talk through a decision they have to make. Sometimes they are worried about their mood, feeling unhappy, angry, low, depressed, anxious, stressed, frightened, stuck, de-motivated, suicidal, lost, bereft, disgusted or ashamed: wanting a way out of these difficult emotions. There may have been a great loss or change that feels hard to cope with. There may be aspects of yourself that you do not understand, wish to change or with which you wish to be at peace.
The list below is not meant to indicate expertise in all of these areas, but rather what people have chosen to talk about with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling, Coleg Sir Gâr, EdExel, (BACP accredited training) 2007
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, KRCS, (NCS accredited) 2016
- 5 day Group Therapy, Coleg Sir Gâr, 2016
- 8 day Mindful Practitioner, Lorraine Sherman 2014-16
- 5 day residential training in Mindful Self Compassion, Bangor University, 2015
- 7 day Practitioner Certificate in Sand Play Therapy Skills, PTUK, 2013
- 5 day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Bangor University 2011
- ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, 2008
Cruse Bereavement Care, 60 hour volunteer training, 2005 and have volunteered with Cruse ever since as counsellor and supervisor.
Seren: 2 day training and 2 years working as a volunteer counsellor with Adults who were sexually abused as children.
CPD, usually 1-2 day courses on a variety of subjects such as Child Protection, Transactional Analysis, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) Solution Focused Therapy, Therapeutic Writing, Bereavement by
Suicide, Working with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Play Therapy Skills, Ethics, Emotional Freedom Technique
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
I charge £40 per session (50-60 minutes)
Concessions are available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays and it may be possible to arrange an appt for a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have recently qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, trained by Kathy Raffles Counselling Services (NCS accredited).