We are living in unprecedented, uncertain times. Anxieties are running high and many people are finding themselves in a state of extreme stress. Whether that has been brought about through illness, employment concerns, financial difficulties, or trauma etc I am an integrative Counsellor with over 14 years of experience in Counselling and for the past 6 years I have been teaching courses in both Counselling and Managing anxiety.
I come from a varied and diverse background, but following several traumas and life changing events of my own in the early 1990s ,I decided to change careers and re-train as a counsellor, I wanted to give something back, as I know that it was only with the intervention of Counselling and Therapy that I was able to follow my own road to recovery.
I offer a space where you can be yourself, free from any restrictions and safe in the knowledge that it is confidential.
I offer Online Counselling using either Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp if you prefer. Sessions are 50 minutes in length
I have experience of Solution Focused therapy, where I work with someone for between 6 and 8 sessions, but also work with people for longer if that is what we both feel is needed.
Relaxation & Guided Imagery
I also offer relaxation and guided imagery sessions - Guided Imagery is a convenient and simple relaxation technique that can help you quickly and easily manage stress and reduce tension in your body.
I am also trained in the Rewind Technique, a non-intrusive, safe, psychological intervention, that can help neutralise a trauma or traumas experienced by a client, this is also effective for phobias.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor, and draw from 3 main theoretical perspectives, Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Behavioural. All this 'jargon' really means is that I have a variety of ways I can work depending on the client's needs. I keep my feet planted in person centred, but I also use CBT interventions, stone & art therapy and guided imagery to name just a few, but as everyone I see is an individual, with different needs and ways of expressing themselves, I will tailor the way I work with you based on what YOU want and the changes you want to bring about in your life. I will walk with you on your journey.
I have worked with Victims of serious Crime and within the field of Mental Health for over 20 years, as a counsellor, an advocate and in the role of mental health recovery practitioner. I attend various courses on a regular basis to update my skills base and increase the 'tools in my toolbox'.
As well as my Counselling qualifications I am also qualified as a trainer and have taught Counselling and Communication skills for the past 6 years to adults, and the emergency services, both accredited and one day 'taster' courses. I have also written and delivered courses in understanding and managing anxiety.
So I have a variety of experience to draw from to help enable you to get to where you would like to be, in your life.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework, and am supported by regular supervision, in accordance with BACP guidelines.
BACP = British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Initial session /assessment £25 (30 minutes)
- Individual Sessions £45
- Couples £65
- I do offer reduced rates under certain circumstances based on an individual assessment- please feel free to ask.
- Relaxation sessions: £30 ( 45 minutes)