What can you expect from counselling?
Counselling can help you to make sense of what is happening to you and support you through a difficult time. At some point, most of us will face challenges that overwhelm us in ways we cannot control and may be at a loss to understand. Bereavement, traumatising experiences, illness, relationship breakdown, work issues can all lead us to experience anxiety, feeling unsafe, depressed or dissatisfied with our lives and relationships with others.
How can I help you?
I believe that face to face counselling with someone who will listen impartially and without judgement; who can challenge while at the same time being on your side, provides a powerful therapeutic experience. I aim to create a safe place for you to explore feelings that may not have an obvious cause, but dominate your daily life. I aim to work together, enabling you to gain new perspectives, increase self–awareness and to explore and visualise changes.
Normally, I offer both short-term and open-ended face to face counselling and can usually offer an initial appointment within 1 week, either during the day or in the evening. In the current circumstances, I can only offer on-line counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
- B.A. (Hons) Humanities (CNAA),
- Diploma in Management Studies (CNAA),
- Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling,(University of Hertfordshire)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
I began counselling training in 1995 and began practice within a community based service in 1997. I combined this with working as a Senior Manager in Local Government. More recently, I attended the University of Hertfordshire to complete a post-graduate qualification in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling.
I now work as a Counsellor in the NHS providing brief counselling and have been in private practice since 2011.
My practice is Psychodynamic and looks at the way in which our personal histories influence our present lives. I am also experienced in brief solution focused work and more cognitive approaches, depending on the needs of my clients.
I work within the BACP Code of Ethics which includes a commitment to regular supervision and continual professional development.
I have a current enhanced CRB certificate.
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
Daytime and evening for on-line sessions via secure video link
My practice is based in a comfortable and well-respected counselling centre in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, North Buckinghamshire. There is free parking close by. The building is not wheelchair accessible.
I can help with issues arising from Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Depression, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Relationships, Trauma, Self Esteem, Work related issues.