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MBACP(Reg), MNCS(Accred) - Inner Tides Counselling

About me

Most people experience times when they feel low and worried, or sense aspects of their life are beyond their control and not as they would wish.  Life can sometimes leave us battling through stormy waters, struggling to make progress, or travelling in directions that simply don't feel comfortable.

Counselling offers time and space in a supportive confidential setting, to explore your thoughts and feelings around any difficulty or distress you may be experiencing, helping you to understand your situation and find more positive ways of responding to life.

Approachable and compassionate, I help people understand their reactions to life situations and events, reducing anxiety and distress, and increasing self worth and personal independence.

Life constantly demands your attention, so it can be easy to forget you are a unique person with your own talents, aspirations and needs.  Your happiness depends not on events, but on learning to sail the tides of the mind.

Please take a look at my website for more information about my practice and how I work.  Or contact me now by email or telephone to find out more about how counselling can help.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

Humanistic Integrative Counselling.  My practice is informed by a variety of counselling models which enable me to tailor counselling to suit individual client needs.  The main approaches I use are Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and CBT.

Qualifications

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Experience

In addition to my private practice, I work part time for a social care organisation as a counselling assessor and have been a volunteer counsellor with Carers Support West Sussex for the past 5 years.  I have also been a volunteer supporter to participants on weekend residential courses for widows/widowers and divorcees, helping them to move forward and begin the next chapter of their lives.

Before I became a counsellor I worked as a manager in business, leading small and large teams.  Although my role had a specific business focus the wellbeing and support of each person in my team was important to me; especially during company re-organisations.  Helping people identify and understand the things which held them back, enabled them to change their situation and experience a more satisfying life.  This insight, together with my experience of personal life events, eventually led me to train as a counsellor.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £20.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer a free 15-minute telephone call with no obligation to book a session, so you can discuss your needs, ask any questions you may have and get a sense of me.

Initial Session (up to 50 minutes) - £20

One to One Counselling Session (50 minutes) - £45

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am - 6pm (excl Bank Holidays)

Thursday 9.30am - 12 noon

Some early evening appointments available

Further information

Telephone and Online Counselling

During the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic all counselling sessions are conducted either via telephone call or online using Zoom video conferencing.  To find out more about how I work with this mode of counselling, please visit my website and take a look at my Guide to Telephone and Online Counselling (click on "Useful Info" in the Menu).

Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults