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MBACP Accred Dip Couns

About me

Hello, I am Polly, I am a person-centred counsellor with several years of experience working in NHS Primary Care. I offer a professional, calm, supportive and confidential space for you to discuss and reflect on what is troubling you. Together we will set out to carefully explore what has brought you to counselling,  at your own pace,  to try to understand and make sense of what is going on.  I aim to help you find your own answers or way forward.  I receive regular clinical supervision to support my work and am committed to ongoing professional development.

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and my work is in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Post Graduate Certificate in CBT
  • Cruse Foundation course in Bereavement Care
  • DBS enhanced check
  • BACP OU Working Online course

I have worked as a counsellor in GP surgeries and therefore have experience of working with many issues (listed below) including relationship issues, depression and anxiety. I have also worked closely with bereavement and loss as a Cruse Bereavement volunteer for five years.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Additional information

£50 per session

Sessions are one hour

Please give 24 hours notice for cancellations or full fee will be charged..

When I work

Please contact me to discuss availability.

Further information

I will respond to your enquiry as soon as I am able to.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Lift to first floor where I work

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