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 is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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.
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.