We will all experience the exhilarating light of life, as well as its inevitable darkness. The many chapters of my own life have brought me here, to becoming a counsellor, and as a counsellor, I bring the insight and experience of humanity that I have gained from the many people I have met and learned from. I also bring the wisdom and strength witnessed in the many clients I have supported in exploring and confronting their thoughts and feelings, and identifying changes they wished to make.
It has been my experience that a strong therapeutic relationship enables nourishment, healing and empowerment. With good therapy, I believe we can all be empowered to find what we really want from our lives, and unearth how we can go about making the changes that will enable us to live better and more authentic lives. I believe we can all learn to develop better a understanding of ourselves and in doing so, we become our own 'motivations' and 'boosts' to leading optimal lives – lives that are better protected from outside negativity, and more resourceful, helping us to deal with our issues and go for our goals.
I work both short and long term with clients. I also do online counselling sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). While qualifying, I studied different theoretical approaches to counselling which enables me to create an appropriate and integrated approach for each client. This may also include elements of coaching. Further qualifications include:
- Certified Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
- Qualified NLP Coach
- Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy
- MSc in Education, Power and Social Change
- BSc (Incorporating Gender Studies)
- Diploma in World Religions
Previously, I taught and mentored trainee and qualified teachers, gaining first-hand knowledge of work-related issues such as stress, performance anxiety and burnout. The insight and skills I attained have proven to be invaluable in my counselling and coaching.
More recently, I practised at Waterloo Community Counselling which provides multi-ethnic counselling as part of its service. This experience strengthened my knowledge and understanding of inter-cultural therapy, which is sensitive to the importance of race, religion, tradition, language, values and attitudes.
I also practice at a specialist counselling and psychotherapy organisation, focusing on a positive approach to sexuality and relationships across the gender spectrum, with any identity and sexual orientation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sexuality, religion and culture conflicts/disharmony
Stage of life crises
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation. Please see my website www.opengatecounselling.com to book this. This will help you decide if you would like to take this further with me. I believe we should both feel comfortable in order to create an effective and beneficial therapeutic relationship.
My usual fees are £60 and I offer some concessions for clients on a low income, and for trainee counsellors - please ask.
Subject to availability, I can meet on weekdays and some evenings.