Developing a deeper understanding of your own emotions, behaviour or thoughts is the key to making positive life changes and through a trusting relationship with the right counsellor you can achieve that understanding.
I am a qualified, experienced counsellor and offer a warm, understanding, confidential and non-judgemental environment within which you can explore uncomfortable or painful aspects of your life to help you to develop that understanding and achieve those positive changes.
I think that finding the right counsellor is like shopping for the right pair of shoes: you may have to try a few before you find the perfect fit. For this reason I do offer a free initial consultation so that you can get a feel for how I work and decide whether I am somebody you could work with.
I work hard to maintain the highest professional standards and attend regular monthly supervision. I am also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
If you have any questions or would like to arrange an initial session you are more than welcome to contact me via phone or email.
Training, qualifications & experience
I run my own private counselling practice from home and I also work alongside a volunteer organisation that offers short term counselling for NHS patients at a local GP Practice.
My client work has covered a broad spectrum of issues including depression, loss, grief, anxiety, anger, shame and relationship issues.
I have a foundation degree in Humanistic Counselling (Distinction) with a strong focus on working within the Transactional Analysis approach to understanding human behaviour. I actively attend further training to ensure that I continue to improve my counselling skills.
I have undertaken further training in Couples Counselling, Gestalt and CBT approaches to counselling.
I also teach Level 3 counselling theory, including CBT and integrative approaches, on a part time basis to students who are in the early stages of their counselling skills training.
I am currently studying for my CTA and an MSc at The Berne Institute where I will continue to develop my skills as a psychotherapist.
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
I offer the initial session free so that you can work out if you feel comfortable with me.
All further sessions will be £45.00.
I offer the initial one hour session free in order for you to get a sense of how I work and to decide if you would like to work with me.
All further sessions will be 90 minutes long and will be £55.00. Unless the client requests weekly sessions I usually see couples bi-weekly.
Sessions begin no earlier than 9.00 a.m. and my last sessions in the evenings start no later than 7.30 p.m.
Weekend sessions may be available and can be agreed at the time of requesting.
From Monday to Friday my appointments start from 9.00 a.m. and my last appointment of the day is 7.30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday sessions are by prior arrangement.