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About me

 Whilst I believe there are many ways to gain more awareness  and become a better version of yourself, I have personally benefitted immensely from counselling relationships in the past as a tool of reflection, insight and support. I believe that wounds and past experiences can be transformative tools once explored and eventually owned, for they have made me the person I am today.

I have been practising for almost 3 years now and in my experience, I strongly believe that the relationship created and the trust built therapeutically can help to provide a supportive insight into the relationships in your everyday life. I have worked with adults in addiction, those finding it difficult to manage their personal and professional relationships, those finding it socially stressful in the post-lockdown world as well as young people in schools whose behaviours at schools are reflecting troubling family dynamics at home. My clients often present with traumas too and I have experience in holding the space for them when related feelings arise as they work through these and begin to heal and change their relationship to them.

Training, qualifications & experience

My training is in the Person-Centred Model, which is centred around a client-led approach in autonomous empowerment. Basically, I am not here as 'the expert', but trust that you have the ability to reach your positive potential. I feel that it is more empowering that way and I only say this because it felt more empowering learning about myself when I tapped into my own resources, rather than being told what to do or given advice. Advice-giving isn't really my thing if that's what you are seeking. What I can offer is non-judgement and an eagerness to see things from your subjective viewpoint, to really understand what it's like in your shoes. As my training and work has progressed, I have begun to integrate other ideas into my work, such as bodywork, breathwork and even varying the setting of the work to outdoor green spaces - I try to tailor my work to each client's needs and this is discussed with the client at the assessment stage of the work.

I offer both open-ended sessions and short to medium term session structures (4,6, 8 or more). These can be tailored to your needs and can be discussed during the assessment.

 I have also recently been working in wellbeing, harm reduction and personal crisis management at music festivals for people having challenging drug experiences. The work is immediate and relatively short term but has given me valuable insight into the space that needs to be held for those who at a precise moment, are going through immense amounts of distress.

Member organisations

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I charge a usual flat rate fee of £40, but also have some limited spaces for low-income, unemployed or socially disadvantaged clients. I am aware that counselling can be expensive and exclusive and would therefore  to make my services more available for those without the privileges that others have.

Further information

I am currently working in-person (practise rooms located on Gloucester Road) online or by telephone but can also offer walking therapies (weather dependent). These options can be discussed further during assessment.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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