Worried about anxiety or depression? Relationship issues? Self-confidence? Your health? Not feeling close to other people? Or another concern?
I have been a qualified counsellor for 20 years and 5 years in private practice. I offer help to individual adults, or couples, with a variety of difficulties. Understandably the first thing people want to know is if I am someone they can relate to easily. They tell me that this is a yes. I understand that it can be a big step talking with a counsellor and embarking on the healing process.
My training and practice is in Person Centred Counselling. Person Centred Counselling is about developing a fuller understanding of yourself. It is about you coming to understand better how your attitudes, feelings and behaviour are sometimes affected negatively. Gaining this understanding, with my help, enables you to feel better in due course.
I am genuine and understanding. I don't expect change to come easily or magically but working on it together with commitment can make a difference.
I closely observe the Code of Ethics for good practice of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling from Middlesex University 1999
Previously, I worked as a local authority Social Worker and as Independent Social Worker for over 40 years mainly in children and families work (fostering particularly) and in mental health work. Over these years I have used counselling skills in a great many circumstances. I have seen that people may suffer considerable emotional pain through a variety of circumstances. I have learned that people can find strength through their own struggles, can find greater inner peace and can move on with their lives, sometimes on their own or with the support of family members or friends or helping organisations or counsellors.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £70 per hour. I am happy to undertake short term counselling or commit to longer term work.