I will commit myself to you by establishing a relationship in which you can explore your concerns in an environment of support and understanding.
I believe that we all have the ability to heal ourselves and live to the full extent of our potential, given the right safe and supportive conditions. My own life experience, including of counselling and meditation enhance my ability to really empathise with and help others and this led to my decision to train and practise as a counsellor.
I have plenty of experience of phone counselling. This has been working surprisingly well and I am happy to offer it at this time.
I am a fully-qualified, British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists-registered and experienced counsellor offering individual counselling sessions in Mansfield and in Wollaton, Nottingham. I work within the Person-Centred Counselling framework. Person-centred counsellors create a climate of unconditional positive regard, empathy and the experience of an authentic and genuine relationship for clients to explore their difficulties.
I will adapt my approach for your specific needs to increase the likelihood of you getting something out of counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I came into counselling after working for a number of years with men and women in the criminal justice system, many of whom had emotional and mental health difficulties. I loved working with people and decided to train to gain the skills to work more effectively.
I hold a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP-accredited) from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute from 1999.
I have a wealth of counselling experience and expertise, 17 years private practice, working with men and women in the following areas: depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, relationships difficulties, sexual abuse, sexuality including gender dysphoria and trans issues, trauma, addiction, personality adaptations, domestic violence, anger management, life transition, separation, bereavement, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. I have worked as a self-employed counsellor for a counselling agency.
In addition to working in private practice, I work as a counsellor for a charitable organisation which provides counselling for survivors of incest and sexual abuse.
I have worked in a domestic violence project as Men’s Development Worker and as a volunteer with Notts LGBT+ Network (formerly Nottingham Lesbian and Gay Switchboard) and have extensive experience of working with men and women on their sexual identity and gender identity. In addition I have 26 years of experience in working for a criminal justice organisation where I have used counselling skills on a 1:1 and group basis including working with men on anger management. I have trained, read extensively and have expertise in working with people with personality disorders.
Additionally I hold a degree in English Studies from the University of Nottingham and a degree in Community Justice from the University of Birmingham.
I have practiced meditation for many years and believe I bring a stillness and a depth to my counselling practice.
I hold a clear Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and undertake regular continuing professional development and monthly clinical supervision for my practice.
Beyond the counselling room I am a partner and family man, dog owner, creative cook, swimmer & cyclist, avid reader and writer and enjoy spending time in nature.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free initial appointment. My fees are £40. I I am committed to making available counselling to people on low incomes and offer a sliding scale for students, the unemployed, and those on a limited income. Sessions last around an hour.
Concessions offered for
If you feel like I might be the counsellor to work with please contact me discuss any questions or concerns.
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