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Counsellor & Psychotherapist Dip.Couns, MBACP

About me

At times, life can be difficult and confusing, which can cause us to become stuck in ways of thinking and behaving. Having a professional to help you recognize and understand these patterns can enable you to gain a better understanding and new perspectives, in order to make positive changes in your life and to find your own way forward.

The relationship between the counsellor and the client is as the heart of my approach. Finding the right counsellor for you is important. It is not easy to open up and put your trust in a stranger, but I will do my best to reassure you as you take those first steps. I provide a free 30-minute consultation, so we can meet, discuss what you are looking for from counselling and decide whether we might work well together.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I offer a safe, confidential space to talk. I believe this to be the place from where solid, therapeutic and lasting change is developed.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all.

Please note this service is for clients 18 years of age and over.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work with adults from a variety of backgrounds. My previous experience includes counselling roles within a range of settings: a general counselling service and trauma support services, where I have helped clients overcome anxiety and depression; confidence and self-esteem issues; bereavement; miscarriage, stillbirth and infertility; relationship or family problems; coercive control; life transitions etc.

As an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, my work is informed by three main psychotherapeutic approaches - Person-centered, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural. I adapt my work to suit the needs of each client and integrate suitable interventions to work with whatever the client is presenting. My role is to help clients find clarity and inner peace through non-judgmental, empathic listening combined with the use of therapeutic tools and techniques.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Initial assessment - free 30 minutes telephone consultation to provide us with an opportunity for you to tell me a little about what has brought you to counselling and for us both to look at whether working together would be beneficial. 

Face to face, telephone or Zoom sessions are charged at £40. Sessions are for 1 hour and are normally at the same time each week, but i do offer some flexibility. 

Concessions offered for: 

- Low income 

-Retired 

-Students 

- Trainee counsellors 

- Unemployed 

Please note, appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be changed at the full rate.

When I work

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Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom