Thank you for looking at my profile, I hope that you find the information useful but please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification or further information.
To give a bit of my background, I have worked with many clients with varying difficulties from relationship problems to anxieties to addictions, lack of self esteem etc... I work predominantly in a person centred way but I used a range of other approaches.
My main area of expertise is to work with clients who have had a drug and or alcohol problem or those already in recovery. I can also support family members or loved ones who are struggling to cope with someone's addiciton.
Just a few important points. Confidentiality is extremely important in any counselling session- I can explain more about this by phone, email or in person. A counselling session is one hour in duration. At our first meeting I will explain the boundaries of confidentiality and find out a little about what has brought you to me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am formerly qualified in person centred counselling and have worked with varying clients. I worked for 12 years in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation unit.
I have also continued to do some voluntary work for the last three years at a centre in St Albans.
I have attended many courses as part of my ongoing professional development. I am also a registered member of the BACP
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 30 minute assessment, this is just a quick meeting to see if I can offer the help you are looking for and for you to see if you are happy to work with me. Should you wish to continue for to see me for a further 30 minutes during that first session, I would charge half of my normal fee meaning £25.00. My regular charge thereafter is £50.00 per counselling hour which is one hour in duration. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me by phone, email or text message.
I am now able to offer face-to-face meetings but can only if masks are worn. Face to face meetings would be £50 per hour (I rent a room for this purpose). . I can also offer online sessions through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or by telephone. I have reduced the hourly rate to £40.00 per hour for an online session and for those with a limited funds at this difficult time I am willing to offer lower rates
Please contact me for details
I am available during weekdays and some weekends. I do offer email support if it is not convenient for you to visit me
My workplace is in Amersham where there is plenty of on street parking, I also offer email support if a face to face is not convenient