I offer you a welcome and a promise to listen with respect, care and sensitivity as you invite me to share in your story. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by thoughts or events, or a nagging problem just won't go away on its own, we can explore it together. With patience and persistence from both of us, I can assist your developing understanding. This can help you emerge from all the clutter of life with a fresh perspective and a new vigour.
Much of my counselling is via the telephone. Initially forced on me Covid19, it has proved surprisingly helpful for clients. Possibly this is because what you say becomes more important than what either you or I think we look like. Video counselling is preferred by those who like to put a face to a voice. Both allow you to work from the comfort and privacy of your own space. As long as you feel secure and at ease, we will be able to work together.
Walking therapy, with its non-clinical setting has proved very popular and embodies the notion of working alongside each other. It is particularly helpful for tackling deep seated issues that emerge once counselling has started and indeed a number of clients have switched to this after starting via phone or video. This mode of counselling is only available to clients living within south Suffolk, in the approximate rectangle between the rivers Orwell and Stour.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Waverley Abbey College and practice Integrated Therapy.
I have a DipHE (Counselling) from Middlesex University
I work as a counsellor for an NHS hospital as well running a private practice.
I hold an MA and BSc. in other subjects
My background is in business, education and management.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I charge £50 a session for all formats of counselling.
I have a few evening slots available.
I offer six sessions at £20 per session for leaders of any faith group.
When I work
Your first session has no charge as I believe we both need the opportunity to decide whether and how we wish to work together.
During this time you can share your main concerns and we can discuss how we can best work together. We can decide frequency of meeting (usually weekly) and your preferred mode of counselling and any other practical concerns you may have.