It can feel very lonely battling with anxiety, depression or trauma: to feel overwhelmed with powerful emotions or to feel without hope or just lifeless inside. In addition, many have found the COVID 19 outbreak has shaken up their lives and caused fear and uncertainty about the future. Maybe you have found time to reflect on problem relationships or unfulfilled life goals or are finding pain, trauma and hurt from difficult times gone by have become harder to cope with. Perhaps you are working on the front line, within the NHS with all the stresses and emotional impact that involves, or else in a public facing role where you feel at risk or under pressure. Therapy provides a way to process what is happening, a fully supportive and confidential space to share worries, stresses and feelings of loss. As well as a safe space, set aside just for you, therapy can also provide a toolbox for change and growth and a chance to get back in control feeling renewed and hopeful again.
I am a Professional Fully Qualified Counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with a broad range of experience working with a local Counselling Charity alongside my Private Practice.
My approach is to build a relationship of trust, acceptance and hope as we work together to explore the difficulties you are facing and find ways to heal and move forward. Good therapy means having your problems, no matter how big or how small, met with compassion and respect.
Online, telephone or e-mail counselling provides a safe, confidential space to explore and work through issues that are causing you pain, sadness, stress or are simply holding you back. Its benefits are many: you will not need to travel to appointments and can have your home comforts around you, helping you to feel at ease as we connect and evaluate a way forward.
Feelings of anxiety/stress and low self-worth can also be compounded by unhealthy coping mechanisms, leading to a feeling of being trapped and unable to find a way out. Counselling provides an opportunity to be heard without judgement or agenda, this alone can be a profoundly powerful experience.
I WORK WITH:
- Anxiety, stress, nervousness, fear, panic attacks and OCD.
- Anger-management, be that through trauma, abuse or an unknown troubling reaction in times of stress.
- Grief and loss: of loved ones, friends, a career, your health, or a life you feel you no longer have.
- Depression, low mood, feeling without hope or motivation.
- Divorce, problem relationships, family tensions, isolation and loneliness.
- Low self-esteem, self-worth or a lack of identity.
- Problematic coping mechanism such as excessive drinking and over-eating.
- Trauma, abuse and domestic violence.
If you have any questions, do get in touch for a free consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics and ongoing training requirements.
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling as well as certificates, levels 2 & 3, Counselling Skills and Studies. As part of my Diploma training, I was required to have 30+ hours of personal therapy - I think it's important to mention this as I believe it to be of great importance in understanding the therapeutic process and coming to know myself better. I have also trained and gained certification in Working Online.
Alongside my Private Practice, I work counselling adult clients for a local counselling charity.
I also trained with Place2Be in London, a children’s mental health charity who work with pupils, families and staff in UK schools and worked with them in Kent as Volunteer Counsellor.
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
Once you have decided to get in touch, we can arrange a mutually convenient time for an initial 20-minute consultation. This is free of charge and provides an opportunity to begin to get to know one another, to look at what has bought you to seek therapy and is a time for you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Subsequent Video or Telephone sessions are held at the same time and usually on a weekly basis. These sessions are charged at £40 per session. (I have some concessions available at a reduced rate of £30 for frontline NHS staff, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Mental Health Professionals as well as Counselling and Psychotherapy students - please enquire for availability, as these numbers are limited).
Email sessions can be a little more flexible in terms of duration and frequency and are charged at £35 based on a 50-minute period of interaction. Here I will explore your concerns and reflect back to you therapeutic ways to address these, including resources and exercises according to how you wish to work.
Concessions offered for
How I work:
I am primarily trained in Gestalt Therapy and also draw from Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness.
Gestalt Therapy focusses on our here and now experience, in mind and body. It draws together both our past hurts and our fears for the future and brings them into our present moment awareness; our 'stuckness', repeating patterns of thought and behaviour and explores our learned ways of coping that may no longer be useful to us.
Transactional Analysis looks at the roles we develop (the different parts of us, such as our Child part) and how they play out in our lives and relationships.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy looks to explore unhealthy negative emotions, such as anxiety and depression and work with the associated dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving,
Mindfulness aims to teach us the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going inside or around us.
Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your requirements.