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I provide counselling and supervision. I have 30 years' experience as a counsellor and 26 years' experience as a supervisor. At the moment all sessions are online. I work with individual adult clients.
People come to counselling when they are stuck. Perhaps the same problem is happening over and over again. Perhaps they've tried everything they can think of and are still struggling with feelings they can't control or understand. Perhaps they want to get a grip on some behaviour that needs to change. Perhaps they have worries about what kind of person they are. Perhaps they have intrusive thoughts and images from past experiences.
Talking to a counsellor gives you a chance to reflect on what's going on for you. I will not judge or criticise you. I will ask questions which help us both understand your situation better. As you listen to your answers you will come up with new options of your own.
The only way to find out what counselling feels like is to try it for yourself. You are welcome to book an initial meeting. This will be for 30 minutes and is free. After this meeting you can decide if you want to work with me further. It is perfectly acceptable to try several counsellors in this way, before deciding who to work with.
Counselling sessions last 60 minutes and take place at planned times. These are usually weekly, on the same day and at the same time. Counselling ends whenever you say it is finished.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Leeds University. 2 years, 1989-90.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner, Dept of Clinical Psychology, Sheffield University. 2 years, 1996-98.
BACP Accreditation 2000.
MSc Narrative Therapy, Bristol University. 2 years, 2007-09.
(and ongoing short courses, workshops, seminars, etc)
I have 30 years experience as a counsellor – in both long and short term counselling. For 12 years I saw clients in the NHS and mental health settings (for the charity Mind and in several GP surgeries). For 13 years I worked in a student counselling service. I worked in social work settings, in the community, for 5 years. For 7 years I worked with clients in prisons. I worked therapeutically with perpetrators of sexual violence for 12 years. I first started a private counselling practice in 1991. I began supervising counsellors in 1994.
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.
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
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial online session
Free initial online meeting of 30 minutes. After this meeting you can decide if you want to work with me further.
Subsequent sessions are £50 for 60 minutes, payable in advance.
When I work
Sessions are online only. Due to other commitments my availability is limited.
When working on an issue it is helpful to have regular meetings. The work will involve noticing things happening between sessions, ie becoming aware of things happening between you and others, and things happening within yourself. If you are wanting to make changes it will also involve the experiments you make, and their results. Regular meetings will give you support with this.
The work may involve guided awareness exercises to help you become aware of your own bodily feelings. If your body gets triggered into hyper-alert states when you talk or think about past experiences, I will teach you to regulate your bodily state as a first priority, before we talk about the experiences themselves. Sometimes learning the skills of self-regulation is enough, and there may not be a need to talk through the traumatic events themselves.