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Reg. BACP

About me

I offer person-centered counselling, which is a collaborative, client led therapy. I also draw on mindful self-compassion, CBT, and Buddhist psychology.

I trust your autonomy and capacity to heal, seeing myself as a compassionate sounding board. I will ask facilitative questions and, if useful, can explore mindfulness grounding techniques and other behavioural coping skills with you. 

What to expect from counselling? you may know what you want to discuss, or you may simply know something is wrong. Together, we can explore what is troubling you and discover ways of processing those emotions.

How many sessions? I find both brief and longer phases of therapy can be helpful. It would be up to you, but commitment wise I suggest we book sessions one week at a time so you stay in control of what feels right for you. 

Other info: my practice is currently Online only (via Zoom, Skype, Google or WhatsApp).  

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Registered member; MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Keele University); Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills (Network, Bristol); bespoke training in Bereavement focused Emotional and Psychological Support (with St Peter’s Hospice).

I currently work for a low-cost counselling organisation in Bristol, UK, and in private practice. I have worked with a range of issues in therapy (anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexuality, workplace stress, self-harm, bullying, abuse, complex grief, and loss).

I also volunteer for a hospice charity and have experience of supporting clients in coping with bereavement, and those living with cancer.

I’m a long-term practitioner of mindfulness and meditation, so if that interests you, we could either work with it as part of therapy, or I can offer some beginner level meditations to try in your own time. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Existential issues/distress: fear of death, questions as to life purpose, grief.

Changing/stopping unwanted habits: working with a blend of mindful awareness practices and behavioural (CBT) based insights and self-questioning.

Fees

From £12.00 to £34.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £12 for a first session (and for the first 2 sessions, for the concessions listed). After that, the fee is £34 per session.

If you have any queries about session fees, or feel you can only afford one or two sessions (which I will be happy to offer at the £12 rate), please get in touch. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday afternoon/evening.

Tuesday morning/lunchtime.

Thursday daytime & Saturday morning (until midday).

(*I live in the UK, so these working hours are as per UK time/GMT.)

Further information

To help decide if I’m the right therapist for you, I offer an (optional) free 20-minute telephone or video call, where we can discuss your hopes for therapy, and I can answer your questions. 

I work on a short or longer-term basis. Sessions last for 50 minutes.

Bristol, Somerset, BS6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Whatsapp
Google Meet