We live in a culture that promotes the idea of strong, powerful individuals who live picture perfect lives. There is little room for showing our vulnerability, or our need for connection. There is a cultural expectation that when things are difficult for us we should just 'get over it' and not make a fuss, this might manifest in you with thoughts of "what's wrong with me", "why is this so hard" and "I should be able to manage by myself" and so on! You may be feeling fragmented, disconnected, numb, overwhelmed, fearful, unable to cope, you might feel like giving up.
In our sessions I can help you explore what is difficult for you in your life and in your relationships. With a therapeutic relationship built on earned trust there will be the time and space to explore the impact the past is having on your present experience and the opportunity to shift and change into new ways of being.
I know it can feel really daunting to 'take the plunge' and to find a counsellor. I really encourage you to get in touch, to see if there is a time and place that would work for the both of us, I don't think you will regret it. If you wish to meet a few different counsellors before you decide who you would like to work with, then also please enquire.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Diploma in Professional Studies, University of the West of England, Bristol. (Level 5) BACP accredited. (MBACP)
Relational Mindfulness Diploma from Karuna Institute, British Psychological Society accredited.
Craniosacral Therapy Diploma from Institute of Craniosacral Studies, CSTA accredited. (RCST)
BA (Hons) De Montfort University.
Additional trainings in working with trauma, attachment issues, somatic experiencing.
I have worked with several counselling agencies including Bristol Mind's mental health service Meeting Minds.
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
From £55.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session
When I work
I work in Bristol city centre (BS1) and Gloucester Road (BS7).
Please note that I am currently full for in-person sessions. I have one available on-line session for a Wednesday evening.