While it is good to talk it's even better to be heard, feeling that you have a safe place to explore worries and concerns. Counselling can offer relief from worries and concerns that we all experience from time to time.
Children and teenagers can really benefit from counselling too. They don't come with their own handbook and are under such pressure these days. Small problems can feel that they are getting out of control leading to more serious issues. Bullying, anxiety, anger, low self esteem, various forms of self harming are among a variety of problems that parents can find themselves coping with. Youngsters generally respond well to counselling.
Issues can surround our health such as depression and anxiety or centre on relationships with partners, parents or children. Some times they come with life changes such as a new arrival, change of job or retirement. A few counselling sessions can often help relieve distress re establishing harmony and a sense of well being
Experience has taught me that no one theory meets all requirements as our problems are unique. I use a number of methods to help find the best approach for you. Sessions are flexible and booked by you as you require them.
Making the first move is usually the most difficult. Please call or email for an initial chat with no obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
*M.Sc. Systemic Counselling University of Glamorgan
*Certificate of Education. University of Wales
*Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. University of Wales Newport
*Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents. Iron Mill Exeter
Experience Until June 2012 I was employed as a counsellor and child therapist with a leading agency specialising in counselling survivors of sexual abuse and rape. I now work as an independent counsellor in private practice. Prior to that I worked for 35 years as a teacher in grammar, independent and comprehensive schools. I also volunteered with Samaritans for a number of years.
Training After completing an Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (University of Wales) this led to a Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents at the Iron Mill Institute, (Exeter). Following that I became interested in Family Therapy and studied at the Family Institute at the University of Glamorgan gaining an M.Sc. in Systemic Counselling.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenage Teenager Lesbian Couples counselling
Adolescent gay Relationships
Family Transgender OCD
Sexual abuse Bereavement Dementia/Alzheimers
Child related issues Depression
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
The first session is a reduced fee of £20 to meet and decide if you feel you would like work with me.
Following that counselling sessions of 60 minutes are £40 although this can vary according to circumstances. Please ask if you would like a reduced rate.
Sessions are booked by you as you require them.
When I work
Appointments are available Monday to Friday
daytime plus most evenings to suit.