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MBACP (Accred), Post Grad Dip Counselling, Dip Supervision

About me

I am trained as an integrative Therapist, which means I try to tailor my understanding and knowledge to suit an individuals needs rather than push a particular theory. 

I appreciate the value of nature and its impact on our health (my allotment certainly helps me!) and offer the potential of outdoors 'walk and talk' therapy in a beautiful location this year. I am informed by person centred core values and always try to focus my work on helping people to find value in themselves and unlock their inner resources.

I try to bring to bear my 20+ years of therapeutic experience in a safe and informed way that will help people create changes that they are seeking.  I have been staggered by the resilience human beings have, and have been privileged to witness many people overcome significant difficulties and go on to  lead fulfilling lives.

Its easy now to have an initial brief chat by zoom or phone to see how you feel about coming to see me.  After that usually I'll try to send some details and questions from my end before we meet in person and then during a first session after taking a few brief details from you we would spend some time talking about the things which are of most concern to you.  Often when coming for therapy these things may have been around for quite some time and the pressure to explore them/change has been building up, or something difficult may have just happened. Either way I'll provide a space for you to be able to discuss and explore what is of most concern for you. This usually helps us to decide and assess what might be most productive to work on in future. The first session is always a place for questions too and I'll encourage you to ask anything that feels important for you to know about the work or myself.

Most people find some relief from having spoken after the first meeting about the things they have been holding on to. Sometimes we might create insights into the problems from this brief discussion. I will always spend the last part of the time discussing how it has been visiting me and if you think it is worth carrying on to explore the things further that brought you. 

At that point if you think it could be of benefit we'll make a plan to continue, usually for another 5 sessions when we would review your progress and see if you want to continue longer than that. Most therapeutic work typically is of between 6 sessions and 6 months but we might decide to continue for longer if the work is helpful as we review it together.

I work face to face in a beautiful rural location from a rustic and very scenic building, but can offer to work remotely via zoom if that is needed.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, and also a supervisor and trainer and I have been a practitioner since 1998.  I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Diploma in Supervision. My work is split between therapy/supervision and training people to become counselling practitioners (that last one occupying the bulk of my time for the past 17 years).  For 18 years I was a primary school counsellor and appreciate the importance of our early experiences on our adult selves.

I have training in, and a good understanding of trauma and its effects and always work mindfully to maximise safe and effective therapy.  My background is in working with brain injury and I have a keen interest in how the brain and  body functions, but also how we make sense of our experiences including individual spirituality and the transpersonal.

 I am informed by a large number of theories which I seek to tailor relevantly to individuals through a relational approach. I have worked with many life issues and particularly anxiety and can say I have a breadth and depth of experience that I will always try and make good use of with humility.

I have found my way of working assists clients to get to the heart of the matter fairly quickly which means we can spend time focusing in on what is most important.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
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Further information

I am limited to Monday as my day of practice and apologise in advance for being unavailable on other days due to my teaching commitments.

The Haymoor Studio, Meare Green Court, Meare Green, Stoke St. Gregory, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I am a trained and experienced supervisor and bring my therapeutic understandings to this work collaboratively and with humility.

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