"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" a well known expression to inspire optimism and hope in the face of difficulty or adversity. I would like to offer you the opportunity to make your own lemonade. Whatever is troubling you and preventing you from living your best life I believe that counselling can help you to discover and explore what is keeping you stuck, perhaps engaging with the same old patterns of behaviour and getting the same results.
I am a qualified, integrative counsellor and with a warm, open-minded, compassionate approach to counselling. I will not judge you or what you choose to share with me. I am able to blend different counselling approaches into my work and am particularly drawn to how past experiences, especially during childhood impact on the present, creating emotional problems and how they can be addressed.
Through exploring choices and hopefully dispelling the idea there is "no choice" you will come to your own realisation of what really matters to you and that you do indeed have choices you can make to change elements of your life that are no longer serving you. This is all about you though, at your pace and only with what feels comfortable for you. In making changes to established thoughts, feelings and behaviours which have served a purpose for so long resistance to change is often present and natural. After all, these have been protective influences over a long time and will take a bit of persuading to let go sometimes. Together we will work toward identifying the blocks and try out ways which are effective for you to move on with your life.
I work with, and bear witness, to what has happened to you to get you to where you are now - how did/does it affect you? What sense did/do you make of it? What did/do you have to do to survive and importantly your strengths and acknowledgement of how you have protected yourself from difficult and unbearable situations which have bought you to seek counselling?
I work with adults over 18 years to build a trusting, genuinely respectful relationship. To this end, it is very important that you find a counsellor who is the right "fit" for you. I offer a free half hour phone or zoom consultation at the moment during this period of Covid 19 for us to "meet" and talk about what's happening for you and to gain more information about my counselling practice. If we both feel that it would be good to continue into counselling then we can make arrangements to do so when you are ready.
Sessions can be booked weekly. At the beginning of counselling, it is usually helpful to have six consecutive sessions to establish our therapeutic relationship and then have a review to see how things are progressing with a view to either beginning the ending or continuing for a longer period whatever feels right for you.
I work currently via Zoom or phone and offer sessions from 08.30am - 6.00pm Monday - Friday, evening sessions and Saturday mornings can be available as I appreciate that it is not always possible to attend appointments during the working day.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Counselling qualification is a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling.
- T.A 101- (Transactional Analysis)
- CBT - Professional Certificate.
My professional background is within the NHS and I have extensive knowledge and experience of working as a nurse and a Health Visitor. My particular interest is working with Mental Health, early childhood experience, postnatal depression, parenting and bereavement.
I hold the following qualifications:-
- R.M.N - (Registered Mental Nurse).
- R.G.N - (Registered General Nurse).
- Registered Health Visitor.
I have a professional qualification in Leadership in Early Years Settings (NPQICL) and have worked for many years within Children's Centres as a Senior Manager. My particular interest is in work related stress, "burn - out", and "toxic" environments.
I am also a qualified Life Coach to help with making goals and changes in life where self-belief, self-esteem and procrastination may be getting in the way.
I am able to bring together all of the above to offer a holistic service based upon real lived experience.
I hold a current DBS certificate and am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and have the required insurance to enable me to practice.
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
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
- Face to Face (when available) £40.00 per hour
- Zoom /Phone Counselling £40.00 per hour
- Frontline Workers, Furloughed Workers £30.00 per hour
- Student Counsellors, low income earners £30.00 per hour
- Evidence of eligibility for concessions will be required prior to commencing counselling.
Monday - Friday 08.30 a.m - 6.00 p.m
Evening and Saturday morning appointments are available on request as I appreciate it's not always easy to attend during working hours.
I offer "open-ended" therapy. This means we do not have a set number of sessions and you are free to stop your sessions at any time. We will review our sessions and revisit your goals on a regular basis to ensure that counselling is meeting your needs and you are happy with the progress.
I have a cancellation policy and if possible 48 hours but no less than 24 hours notice of inability to attend is required. Failure to provide the required cancellation notice will result in a loss of your payment for that session.
The cancellation policy is part of the general agreement to counselling which we will go through during our first counselling session.