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About me

You can talk about your experiences and feelings with me in a way that may not be possible with family and friends. Putting your feelings into words with a counsellor can help you deal with what is happening in your life.

What I won’t do is to label you, judge you or give you advice. You know yourself and your life better than anyone else: this is the belief at the centre of the school of counselling in which I am trained.

I will listen to you and try to understand your feelings from your point of view, in a place where you can feel safe and supported.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Metanoia Institute, on a course which is accredited by the BACP and validated by Middlesex University. I have a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.

I have been working as a counsellor for over 11 years and have seen clients from many backgrounds, dealing with various issues.

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

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

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

I offer an initial session at the reduced fee of £25 in order for us to see if we are happy to work together.

I then charge a sliding scale of £40-70 per 50-minute session, depending on what you can afford. Sessions for couples cost £70. I have a restricted number of concessionary places at a slightly lower rate.

When I work

I offer sessions on weekday afternoons and evenings. I currently offer sessions by phone or by video meeting online. I hope to return to face-to-face sessions when circumstances allow.

Further information

At the moment I am only offering sessions either by phone or by video online.

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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.

The rooms I use are on the ground floor and can be accessed by wheelchair users buy using a portable ramp, which the building provides. If you have other accessibility issues, please do contact me so that we can try to find a way of working together.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom