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PG Dip CounsPsy, BSc (Hons), MBACP

About me

I offer Psychotherapy and Counselling to Individuals, Couples, Families and Young People.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as Private Practice, I have worked as a Counsellor, a Psychologist and a Psychotherapist in a variety of settings...

  • Relate Individual, Couple & Family Counsellor
  • School Counsellor
  • Youth Counsellor
  • NHS Psychotherapy Department Psychotherapist
  • HE Student Services Counsellor

... and with a variety of issues, e.g. -

  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Depression
  • Couple Conflict
  • Family Conflict
  • Child-to-Parent violence & abuse
  • Self-harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Workplace bullying
  • Anger issues

I am trained in Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Systemic Approaches, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and A.I.T. (direct trauma healing); I adapt my approach to the specific needs of my clients and their circumstances.

Qualifications are -

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced Certificate in Systemic Couple and Family Therapy
  • Intermediate Certificate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice
  • Advanced Certificate in NVR Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Behavioural Sciences (Psychology)
  • Numerous ‘Continuing Professional Development’ courses and workshops on issues such as Domestic Violence and Abuse, Porn Addiction, Working with Families with Disability, Guided Visualisation, Child Sexual abuse, Aspergers and Autism… and many more.

I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS Membership Number 85527), the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP Membership Number 591363 ) and the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT Membership Number 2108312)

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

  • Individuals - £50 per hour
  • Couples - £55 per hour
  • Families - £55 per hour
  • NVR Consultations - £60 per hour
    (I am happy to negotiate reduced fees for those on a low income)

When I work

My availability is variable - I aim to be as flexible and co-operative as I am able to be.

Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4

Wollaston, Northamptonshire, NN29

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Good wheelchair access at the Wollaston practise, not yet at Northampton.