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In my experience, effective counselling can provide a trusting relationship with someone who is non-judgemental, accepting and able to listen to you. Therefore I believe that counselling can be beneficial for those who are experiencing difficulties due to a recent specific event or something from the past.
My private practice is based in Reading, Berkshire. The therapy I offer can be short term or longer term counselling, set within a confidential, supportive and safe environment. The different approaches I use offer a variety of ways of working, such as Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis, depending on what is most appropriate for you.
My background and Experience
I have a broad experience of working with adults and young people in agency and health care settings who are experiencing issues such as,
Bereavement and loss
Domestic and sexual abuse
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Self esteem issues
Health related issues
In addition I have 30 years of nursing experience and I am particularly interested in helping clients understand the relationship between ill-health and their emotional well being.
What happens at our first session
To begin with we would meet for an initial appointment. This provides an opportunity for us to discuss the focus of the therapy and whether we can work effectively together. We would then arrange further weekly sessions if you wish to.
Please contact me directly for an appointment on Mobile 07714 469907 or by email.
I have appointments in the day time and evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor and my qualifications are as follows,
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB
- Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency.
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
- Certificate in Counselling Skills NOCN
- Registered Nurse (RGN)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Certificate in Bereavement Care (CRUSE)
- Qualified in Diabetes Care.
- Extensive experience in Dementia care
As well as my own practice I currently work for an agency that provides counselling for survivors of sexual abuse. I have also worked with adults and young people who have presented with a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and relationship issues.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and adhere to their ethical framework and practice guidelines. I am required to have ongoing continuing professional development through regular training to keep my practice current. I have regular supervision ensuring I work in the interests of my clients.
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
My back ground is in healthcare and I have considerable experience of working with dementia and diabetes.
I would be pleased to meet with you for an initial session where we can discuss how counselling can help you. If you feel you would like to have counselling with me, we would then meet weekly.
My fees in Reading are £55.00 for each session, and in Princes Risborough £50.00.
Concessions offered for
My practice is situated in a convenient, central location in Reading, with nearby parking and good transport links. Currently due to Covid 19, I am offering online therapy via Zoom from both Reading and Princes Risborough.