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MA. Dip.Couns. MBACP

About me

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In the current crisis many aspects of our mental health can be challenging. Adjusting to living with less freedom and perhaps greater stress is difficult, whether we are isolated with family or alone, or working to ensure that essential services continue whilst trying to remain healthy ourselves and caring for our loved ones. Anxiety, depression, fear, loss and grief may feel like constant overwhelming companions, yet they can be held and resolved through therapy. I am currently offering a reduced rate to make my online services more accessible during this epidemic. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and for more details of my model of therapy please continue reading.

I offer kind, professional integrative therapy based upon our relationship and respecting your unique value. People seek psychotherapy for many profound reasons, and it takes courage to meet the issues that are causing suffering or challenging you to heal and develop. Therapy happens in a warm, confidential and compassionate space so that as far as possible you feel secure, encouraged and confident to address your challenges. Your sense of what you feel confident to address is key as you are the expert on your own experience.

I value each professional therapeutic relationship as a meaningful encounter where both you and I learn and evolve. I work to help you to access your own inner ability to heal, to positively meet the present and the past, to challenge destructive behaviours, develop self care and to live more fully.

As an Integrative therapist I use a range of techniques from different theoretical approaches, depending on which technique is most appropriate. I offer 1:1 therapy for adults facing a wide range of issues including: attachment, inter-generational trauma, bereavement, depression, anxiety, ill health, work stress, sexuality, gender, self-identity, finding meaning and spirituality.

I'm also interested in the practice of Buddhist Psychotherapy and Reflective Integration Therapy [RIT] (specifically designed for those diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome).

As such I offer a specialized ASC counselling service based upon the principles of RIT, encouraging a contemplative response to engaging with such things as complex trauma, sensory hypersensitivities, managing change and tapping into your own creative energy to meet the demands of each day.

An effective therapeutic relationship is one of mutual trust and at times difficult, at times joyful exploration; so it's important to find the right therapist. You have taken the first step, I would like to encourage you to explore several profiles and please feel free to contact me for further information or to book an appointment.

I look forward to hearing from you.

(if you are unable to contact me on first trying please leave a message, letting me know your name and contact details and whether it is ok for me to call you or leave a message. I am often unable to answer the phone immediately due to being in session but I will be in touch as soon as possible).

3 forms of therapy:

Individual integrative therapy for adults (short or long term with six weekly review)

Individual ASC specialist therapy for neuro-diverse adults on the Autistic Spectrum,(particularly for those diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome / High Functioning Autism)

Individual Student therapy for those studying to be counsellors engaging in therapy as part of their continuing professional development.

Training, qualifications & experience

Alongside my private practice, I work in Higher Education as a Disability Adviser and have extensive experience as a Higher Education Specialist Autism Mentor. I also have several years experience of working in a local not for profit therapeutic counselling service.

I participate in ongoing continuing professional development training. Recently including for example: working with suicidal clients, trauma, working with depression and anxiety, mindfulness practice, neuro-diversity, gender and identity, diagnosis/assessment and support of women on the autistic spectrum, Autism and empathy, and transactional analysis..

Dip Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

MA. RS. (special areas of research include states of human consciousness, Jungian Psychodynamic practice, Buddhist interpretations of existence, existentialism)

BA. 1st Class Hons.

Dip. Th. & SS.

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

Selfhood and identity

Meaning making

Neuro-diversity

Gender fluidity, binary and non binary.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 for a 50 minute session, initial consultation £30

Canterbury, Kent, CT4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Currently working online, available via Zoom, Watsap and Skype.