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Accredited member UKCP

About me

Life can be challenging and tough at times. You may feel anxious or depressed, or even noticed a lingering low mood. You might be feeling 'stuck' with the same thoughts continually 'going round' in your head. Or perhaps you have experienced a relationship breakdown or may have suffered a bereavement. You might even be seeking to explore ways of making positive changes in your life.

At times like these, it can be helpful to talk to someone. I offer a friendly, compassionate, warm and confidential space where you can be listened to and where we can explore what is happening in your life at the moment. My aim is to help create opportunities that will facilitate change and healing. Therapy not only provides an opportunity to work through difficulties but it can also be about celebrating strengths and seeking self-compassion.

I work as an integrative counsellor – which means I use thoughts and ideas from different therapy models including both the humanistic (person-centred) and psychodynamic theories. My approach is client-led; thus, my response is unique to each client. I believe that the therapeutic relationship – the relationship between the client and the therapist, is important, and has the potential to be a vital and dynamic part of our work together.

Practical Details
At our first/assessment session (an hour long) we can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you feel you need from our sessions. It is a time to explore how comfortable we are together, and if agreed, organise a suitable time for weekly counselling sessions. These are usually 50 minutes. I offer both short and long-term therapy.

I also offer online counselling on Zoom, Whatsapp or Skype.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I am an experienced therapist and psychotherapeutic counsellor and have worked with clients from different backgrounds and with a wide range of issues: depression, anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, bereavement (including suicide and drug-related deaths), low self-esteem, abuse (sexual and domestic violence), work difficulties, life transitions, suicide ideation, illness and issues around caring.

My counselling background encompasses training and working as a counsellor in a variety of settings. I have experience as a volunteer counsellor in the charity sector - Cruse and Victim Support. In addition to being in private practice, I am also currently employed as a counsellor at a local family counselling service.

Other

Prior to counselling, I worked in both the arts and education sector, as a musician and music teacher. I continue to teach; offering private music lessons.

Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) (BCPC) (UKCP & BACP accredited)
  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC)(UCKP & BACP accredited)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Therapy, Oxford University
  • Counselling Children and Young People (Level 5),  I'm OK, You're OK,  ABC Awards 7 Certa Awards
  • Accredited member of UKCP
  • Covid 19 Telehealth Course
  • Moving your Practice Online (Online Therapy Institute)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

I charge £50 per counselling session (50 minutes)

I do offer a couple of low cost places (£25/£30) - these are currently full.

Wantage, Oxon, OX12

Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults