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CPsychol MBACP HCPC

About me

Hello, I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist experienced working with a diverse range of clients and presenting difficulties. I take a professional yet down-to-earth approach to therapy offered in a non-judgemental environment. Taking that first step to find someone to discuss your personal issues with can seem daunting. I believe it is important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable working with. I strive to work very collaboratively with clients from the outset, establishing a sincere and trusting therapeutic relationship. From this relational basis we are then best placed to pursue and realise your goals for therapy.

What therapies do I use?

I am trained to work with several therapeutic models and I try to adopt a therapy approach that best suits the needs of the individual. I primarily work using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or using an integrative approach.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) assumes that the way you think about situations will influence how you feel and your behavioural reactions. Therapy initially focuses on gaining greater insight about the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. CBT also considers that early life experiences can lead to forming unhelpful negative core beliefs and skewed assumptions about ourselves, others and the world. These beliefs and assumptions then fuel negative thinking and problematic behaviours in the present day. CBT aims to challenge patterns of negative thinking, beliefs and behaviours to bring about change, establishing new coping skills to more effectively manage your emotions. CBT can often begin to bring significant relief from psychological difficulties after relatively few sessions.

Integrative

I also work integratively, drawing on elements from several approaches as appropriate. I incorporate aspects from relationship-focused approaches which can be particularly useful for difficulties primarily concerned with relating to others, be that with family, friends, partners or work colleagues. Certain relationships can prove difficult to manage and can be connected with much emotional distress. I integrate principles which help to promote empowerment, personal growth and finding ways of living where you can be more 'true' to yourself. I find an integrative approach provides the flexibility to reflectively respond to what are often complex client needs in therapy.

Currently I am offering remote counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. I offer short-term or more open-ended psychotherapy depending on what we agree would be most helpful. Feel free to get in touch, or ask any questions and we can take it from there. Client confidentiality will be respected at all times.

Health Insurance

I am also a recognised provider for health insurance companies Aviva, Vitality, Cigna, AXA PPP, WPP.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience delivering counselling in NHS Primary Care (GP surgery) and NHS services for severe and enduring emotional difficulties. I also have substantial experience working with drug and alcohol addictions with individuals and via group counselling. I have been a psychotherapist for respected community based organisations such as Mind. I have worked with clients over short-term as well as providing long-term psychotherapy (24 weeks plus).

During my clinical work I have supported adult and adolescent clients with psychological difficulties ranging from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger management, addictions, phobias, assertiveness, perfectionism, health anxiety, chronic illness, sleep problems to relationship issues, struggles with life transitions and more.

I have a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychology and a Certificate in Professional Development: Counselling Skills. I have a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I am member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and the British Psychological Society (CPsychol). I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I adhere to a strict code of ethics and principles for approved professional practice. I receive regular clinical supervision for my client work and I am professionally insured for practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BPS

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£80.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Initial consultation session is £60 (day or evening)

My session rate for individuals is £80
My couples counselling rate is £90

Some reduced fee rates may be available for students and those on low incomes

Health insurance rates are available on request.

Note: Sessions last 50 minutes

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
VSee
Zoom

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