DipHe (Theology), Dip Couns., MBACP (Reg)
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I believe in the value and uniqueness of each individual. I also believe that within each person there is a core, genuine Self. This is what some might refer to as 'potential'. That potential can only find fruition if the conditions for growth are just right, but sadly this is often not the case because of the imperfections of the significant people in our lives, the society around us, and so on.
The counselling work is centred around the creation of a genuine, non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship where there is no agenda. It allows for the real self to have a voice and enables the individual or couple to explore inner tensions and anxieties. This exploration enables each person to realise his/her self-worth and re-assess the various issues and the feelings that exist.
My approach is based on the Person-Centred model of counselling, which as the name suggests is focussed on the individual or couple rather on a set agenda of mine. I may also employ techniques from other schools of thought, for example the Parent/Adult/Child theories from Transactional Analysis. I may sometimes suggest some creative methods, but that will be agreed upon with each person.
It's my privilege to help facilitate the exploration of feelings and issues. I do this not by offering solutions or strategies but by offering empathy, encouragement, supportive challenge, and helping to identify links so that hopefully the individual be able to see things differently.
For work with couples I focus very much on the relationship. It's easy to blame the other person, or even oneself, for what may be seen as the issue or problem. My approach is to initially help you to assess your relationship and to look at how you manage conflict. I'll focus on helping you establish clearer communication between the two of you, irrespective of what the final outcome for your relationship might be.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry from Trinity College, Bristol (awarded by Bristol University)
Diploma in Counselling from Network Counselling, Bristol (awarded by University of Gloucester)
Certificate in Couples Counselling from See For Miles Ltd, Marlborough
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £25 for an initial meeting in order to cover my costs. This session, which lasts up to 60 minutes, gives us the chance to begin to look at the issues which brought you to counselling.
Each subsequent session is charged at £43, although a discount is available for blocks of six sessions booked and paid for in advance.
The sessions are 60 minutes maximum duration.
I charge £35 for the initial meeting. Each subsequent session is charged at £48 per session. All sessions are of 60 minutes maximum duration.
When I work
I currently have regular spaces on Thursdays at 6pm and Fridays during the day. Please do get in touch if you would like to be added to a waiting list for another time slot.
This is proving to be a very difficult time for some people, and levels of anxiety are still high. I am in the fortunate position of being able to offer online counselling using the secure services of Zoom or VSee. Please feel free to get in touch if you'd like to know how online counselling could work for you, either as an individual or as a couple.