I am a warm, approachable person-centred counsellor with seven years' counselling experience. I also have over fifteen years' experience of working in one-to-one and group-settings in the substance abuse field. Based in the Practice Rooms in Westbury-on-Trym, which is a bright and welcoming space, I aim to create a safe and trusted place where you can talk openly at your own pace.
What can I expect?
Initially, coming to counselling may feel like a challenging experience. However, I can assure you, it does get easier. The relationship we form is the most important and beneficial component. I will be there to listen and support you with whatever you want to bring. If it matters to you, it matters. All emotions and feelings are welcome, tears and laughter too. There are no expectations about how you should be in the counselling room; our only aim will be to work towards your personal goals and seek out positive change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have specialist experience in addiction, sexual abuse, and trauma. However, I have worked with, but I am not limited to, the following topics:
- Anxiety and depression
- Addiction and addictive behaviours
- Sexual & Physical abuse
- Domestic violence
- Life patterns and transitions
- Bereavement and Loss
- Relationships and Interactions with others.
I have completed the following training:
- Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol
- Masters (MSc) in Integrative Counselling, University of Bristol
- Motivational Interviewing
- Working with beginnings, middles and endings
- Impact of Working with Trauma and Abuse
- ASIST suicide intervention training
- Working with families in conflict
- Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
- Senior Practitioner Child Protection Training
- Advanced Child Protection Training
- Domestic Violence and its effects on children.
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
Each counselling sessions is 50 minutes long. The first session is £25; this allows you the opportunity to meet me and decide if you want to carry on with further sessions. Sessions after that are charged at £45 per session. I have a card machine so you can pay easily at the end of the session. I also accept cash and cheque.