I am an experienced counsellor, accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work with clients in a caring and non-judgemental manner.
Life throws up many challenges. Some we may have felt brewing for a long time; others come upon us suddenly. You may have issues to do with anxiety, grief, trauma, self-esteem, anger, depression, relationships or addiction. I have experience working with a wide range of issues with a wide range of people, from teens and young-adults to those of more mature years. I work always within the BACP’s ethical framework.
I have worked in a range of different settings, from Hereford Mind, Hereford Probation, with a Hereford counselling service and I have extensive experience in working with young people in schools and sixth Form Colleges.
It can be hard to take the first step into therapy but I will provide you with a safe, unpressurised space in which you can explore your issues, yourself and your emotions and begin to untangle some of your problems and the issues that underlie them. This is not an easy task, and certainly counselling is not a magic wand. But, given the right support and conditions, I believe every human has the ability to flourish and develop happy and fulfilling lives.
My approach to counselling is pluralistic. This means that I draw on a number of approaches in which I have knowledge, including Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Behavioural. My core training was in Person-Centred Therapy meaning that I believe that the person who knows best about you is yourself and that my job is not to tell you what to do but to facilitate change through your own organic self-exploration and the emergence of the more real self that is there inside of you.
I have many interests and much experience outside of therapy. I have been a small-holder, farmer, photographer, charity and business director, and writer. I have experienced my share of both the sufferings and the joys that are part and parcel of this strange, sometimes exciting and sometimes scary journey we call life.
I work with people on either a short-term or open-ended basis and we can explore which of these best suits you at our first meeting.
I am committed to my own continuing professional development meaning that I undergo trainings and knowledge development throughout each year.
Our first meeting will be to do with getting to know each other and deciding if we feel we can work together. Sessions are 50 minutes long and generally take place on a weekly basis. I sometimes offer concessions to those who feel they need them.
I see clients face to face in Hereford.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (FdSc.)
- Foundation Psychoanalysis
- Accredited Member BACP
- DBT Accreditation Level 1
- DBS Registered
Experience: Volunteer counsellor Mind Hereford; counsellor with Herefordshire counselling agency; counsellor with Hereford Probation Service; Counsellor in Powys Schools and Sixth Form Colleges.
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£50 per fifty minute session