Guildford and Woking Counsellor near Godalming in Surrey
One may experience difficult times, and our ability to cope may seem inadequate. Painful experiences from the past or difficulties in the present and fears about the future may hinder our ability to find and achieve satisfaction. Counselling can help people with feelings of loneliness, isolation, unhappiness and hopelessness and for those who are looking for more meaning in life. You may be wanting to relate to others more easily, dissatisfied with your work, concerned about a family member or a child, suffering from illness, facing a crisis or a significant change or just looking for understanding and support. Counselling is a place where you can talk about issues that you cannot usually share with others, and you will not be judged.
Not all people experience emotional difficulties in the same way and may not want the same kind of help. My broad training allows me to tailor our work together to suit your personal needs. Not everyone may feel ready or wish to delve deeper into their past. Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, is suitable for individuals who are only seeking practical strategies that can be used in everyday life situations and used after the treatment has ended. CBT helps you understand how our thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels influences how we perceive our situations. CBT develops new thinking styles and behaviours to address specific problems, more effectively. CBT provides the support needed to change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. This approach tends to focus predominantly on relieving and reducing the symptoms of the problem. CBT has a sound evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems such as Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attack, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Phobias, Social Anxiety, Addictions, Self Esteem, Anger management and other mental and physical health problems. This an approach that is offered by the NHS and is recommended by the NICE guidelines.
I work in Woking and Guildford, near Godalming, Surrey. I offer regular one to one weekly (including Saturdays and evenings) counselling sessions from home to support and help you develop insights into your problems by using your resources, strengths and understanding to move forward. As an integrative practitioner, my focus is working relationally, drawing from multiple methods to suit the individual's needs with a respectful, non-judgmental and personal approach. My broad training base in counselling allows me to tailor our work to your own needs in a confidential environment, providing short or long-term therapy.
Initially, you may feel worried or uncertain about going to counselling, and this is normal and not uncommon. It may help to lessen some of your concerns by visiting www.guildfordcounsellor.co.uk for more information on how I work. You are also welcome to give me a call on my mobile 07437 449 575 should you have further concerns.
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Guildford and Woking, near Godalming in Surrey
My practice in Guildford, Surrey is on the 36 and 37 bus route with easy access from Chobham, Clandon, Godalming, Jacobs Well, Merrow, Onslow Village, Ripley, Send, Shalford, Shere, Woking, Farnham and Worplesdon.
Training, qualifications & experience
PhD in Professional Practice - Canterbury Christ Church University - Current
MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Buckinghamshire University
BA Hons in Integrative Counselling - University of Greenwich
FdSc Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling - University of Greenwich
NCFE Counselling Skills and Theory, Levels 1,2 & 3 - Guildford College
Psychiatric Nursing - South Africa
General Nursing & Midwifery - South Africa
I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I practice under the BACP ethical framework, and I attend regular supervision. I am also an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP). I am fully insured and I have an up to date criminal record check conducted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday to Saturday 8am-4.30 pm.
Anxiety, Stress and Depression
Alongside my private practice, I work in the NHS as a High-Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist offering short term therapy as part of Mind Matter. I have worked at the Priory Hospital specialising in the treatment of mental health conditions, where I facilitate group therapy and individual therapy for the most challenging cases of depression, anxiety and stress, as well as aftercare and support for their family.
I am a practising addiction counsellor at an addiction agency providing support for people dealing with the challenges of their addiction to gambling, porn, drug and alcohol in Guildford and Woking near Godalming in Surrey. These problems can be a response to past traumas, and people can make changes given the right opportunity to deal with their experiences. Support is also provided to their family and friends to deal with issues surrounding alcohol and drugs in their lives.
Employee Assistance Programme
I work for several Employee Assistance Program providers, helping people deal with anxiety, stress, depression and work-related issues in Guildford, Woking and Godalming, Surrey. I provide short term counselling (6 sessions) on and off work site to increase motivation, improve employees wellbeing, increase stress awareness to reduce absences.
I have worked at a local surgery in Woking, Surrey offering a safe space for people to talk through a range of issues including difficulties with relationships, anxiety, depression, grief and illnesses.
I worked at a Christian counselling agency in Guildford, near Godalming, Surrey, providing confidential counselling and psychotherapy services for people who have needed help with personal problems, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, culture or faith.
I have a psychiatric nursing background. I trained as a psychiatric nurse in South Africa and have experience with a wide range of mental health illnesses having worked in acute and chronic psychiatric hospitals and well-being centres.