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MBACP, DIP - Individual and Couples Counsellor

About me

Through my training at Relate I have gained vital skills and specialist knowledge in helping couples on their journey of personal growth and development. I always keep in mind and respect how hard it might be opening up to a third person about a private matter within a relationship. I also acknowledge the pain and confusion that brings a couple to make this step.

I believe working with couples is different to working with individuals. The reason I feel it is different is because working with one person is about building a therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client. When working with couples the relationship stays with the couple and I help the relationship build. My job is to help with communication and unspoken emotions. When emotions are high it is difficult to hear each other, this is when it is helpful to have a trained professional like myself in the room to help navigate feelings.

I offer my clients a powerful and successful approach to fixing their relationship struggles. I am an experienced couple’s counsellor who has worked with many different couples over the years. I combine my counselling skills with coaching work in order to facilitate the best possible outcome. I have a passion for helping couples to bring effective communication back into their relationship, so that they can feel heard and understood within the partnership.

When looking at some of these issues, we may explore the following features which contribute to the unhappiness within the relationship:

How our childhoods impact our relationships with each other
How experiences in previous romantic relationships affect our current relationship
How we may trigger each other unintentionally causing friction between us
How we may avoid or distance ourselves from our partner to protect ourselves from getting hurt
How we may use passive aggressive ways of communicating which may cause the other person to react
How me may project our past experiences in relationships onto our current partner
How we may be afraid of expressing our needs

I work with many different issues with special interest in

·       Infidelity: lack of trust following an affair

·       Different parenting ideals

·       Lack of intimacy or conflicting physical needs

·       Communication breakdown

·       How financial stress impacts the relationship

·       Anger issues or aggressive behaviour

·       Alcoholism or drug addiction within the relationship

·       Drifting apart emotionally or physically

·       Sexual difficulties

Between sessions I will give you both resources to read through and work on together. Below are some of the worksheet subjects:

·       Blocks to healthy communication

·       5 languages of love

·       The emotions wheel

·       Non defensive communication

·       The drama triangle

Initially it is most effective to have 6 sessions, we have an initial session together and then we have a session each individually, the first three sessions are information gathering as well as counselling work. We then come back together to work through helpful tools for communication and best ways forward for you both. We can evaluate (after the sixth session) how we all think therapy is going and to consider what is needed moving forward.

I work from the Practice Rooms in central Bath and Bristol, the rooms offer a quiet and peaceful environment for clients to feel safe and relaxed in.

I am now having great success with many couples and individuals via zoom, this gives clients the opportunity to see me from their homes or quiet workspaces on breaks.

Payments can be made by Bank transfer in advance of the session or cash on the day

Once you have decided you would like an appointment with me, I will ask if you can make daytime appointment or if you would require evenings. Once we have agreed on a convenient time, I can then book the session in.

Feel free to call me on 07846477726 to book a session

I am more than happy for you to call for a free brief consultation to see how you feel working with me.

Training, qualifications & experience

                L1 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling (CPCAB)
                L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
                L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
                L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)                                                                          L5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling (CPCAB)

I  trained and worked at a Relate centre as a relationship counsellor

I am an experienced school counsellor

I have a vast background and experience working with addictions of all kinds.

I abide by and belong to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, code of ethics.(www.bacp.co.uk)

I manage a busy and successful private practice in Wokingham and Bath

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience in working with Pornography addiction.

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When I work

I am available monday-saturday. 8am-9pm

The Practice Rooms, 24 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol, Somerset, BS8 4HG

The Practice Rooms, 26 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1RH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Couples