BA (hons), Dip. C, MBACP
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How are you feeling...?
You may be reading this because you feel unhappy with certain aspects of your life, or you may be struggling to come to terms with traumatic past experiences. You may want to talk about this, or work out how to change things, but counselling might seem daunting if you've never tried it before. I put the therapeutic relationship at the heart of my work with clients, offering them warmth and empathy without judgement.
Who am I...?
As a person-centred therapist it's my mission to help you through your issues so that you can move forward with your life. It's my hope that by working with me you will be able to heal from past experiences, reflect on your current circumstances and be more confident in yourself; gaining courage to deal with life's challenges and forming happier relationships.
How I work....
I believe you have a unique tendency to strive in the way that’s best for you. As such, I believe that most answers to your problems lie within yourself and it's my job to help you find them. Sometimes events in life can stop you from thriving in the best way for yourself. Sometimes other people - no matter how well meaning they are - may also feel a barrier to your recovery. But by carefully listening and supporting you, I can help you consider your experiences and ideas. In this way, I believe you can find your own path - and your own voice - so that you can go on to make better choices for yourself and live a happier, more fulfilled life.
As part of your therapeutic experience I can offer guidance on how to manage stress, anxiety and panic attacks. I can also offer ideas on how you might increase your self-care.
I have considerable experience in dealing with bereavement issues as well as general anxiety, self-esteem, family dynamics and workplace conflict. As a registered member of the BACP I work within their ethical framework to deliver counselling that is safe, ethical, professional and accountable. I have full insurance in place, a clear, up-to-date DBS and for data protection purposes, I am registered with the Information Commissioner's' Office.
How does online and telephone counselling work...?
In essence online and telephone (remote) sessions offer you the same experience as face-to-face therapy. However, there are some practical things to consider and we can discuss these ahead of your first session.
I use Zoom for online counselling. As it offers end-to-end encryption this is a safe platform which prevents unauthorised access. Zoom is free for you to use and if you are unfamiliar with this system, I will be happy to talk you through it. I also have a help sheet which I will send to you before your first session.
What happens during the first session...?
How many sessions will I need...?
I offer short or longer term therapy, depending on your needs. It is ultimately up to you how many sessions you would like to have and this is something we can discuss at your first meeting (as well as the frequency of your sessions). I also recommend regular ‘reviews’ so that we can talk about how counselling is going for you and discuss progress and any concerns you might have. Although you are free to end counselling at any point without obligation, I would recommend we work together towards an ending where possible, to tie-up any ‘loose ends’.
I understand that choosing to have therapy can be a big decision; therefore please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like further information. I always endeavour to reply to messages within 24 working hours. I can also offer you a free 30 minute telephone consultation, where we can discuss your requirements without obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member)
- The Person-Centred Association (formerly known as BAPCA)
- Bereavement and the Person Centred Approach (PCA)
- Literature Review - ‘Living with the Dominator’ (PCA)
- The River of Life - a Person Centred Response to Covid-19 (Therapy Today)
Recent Courses and Workshops
- Attachment Theory and Grief Models (Treetops Hospice Care)
- Confidence, Self-esteem and Intruder Syndrome (Deep Release)
- Disordered Eating (Deep Release)
- Grief, Loss & Coronavirus (Lisa Mass)
- Introduction to Myers Briggs (Deep Release)
- Integrating Artwork into Counselling (BACP)
- Online Creative Counselling (Deep Release)
- Online & Telephone Counselling (Counselling Tutor)
- Person-Centred Clinical Assessment (CTTM)
- Self-Care (Treetops Hospice Care)
- Suicide (BACP)
- Trauma (Treetops Hospice Care)
- The Unprepared Client (BACP)
- Therapeutic Endings (Treetops Hospice Care)
- Understanding Dreams (Treetops Hospice Care)
- Understanding Family Dynamics (Deep Release)
- Using Creative Resources (BACP)
- Working with Distress (Carolyn Spring)
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
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
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free telephone consultation (30 minutes)
£20 initial session (1 hour)
£40 session (1 hour)
£35 concessionary rate (1 hour)
£5 surcharge for weekend sessions
Clients are invited to pay before each session via BACS.
When I work
Mondays 8am to 6pm
Tuesdays 8am to 6pm
Wednesdays 9am to 12noon
Thursdays 8am to 6pm
Fridays 9am to 5pm
Saturdays 4pm to 6pm (£5 surcharge)
What happens during the first session...?
The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your requirements with me and for you to check that I'm the right person to help you. As such I will carry out a short assessment, to check I'm the right person to help you. I encourage you to ask as many questions as you like; I believe the counselling relationship is a two-way conversation and I want to ensure you are as happy and comfortable as possible whilst you are working with me. The initial session will also give you opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our contract together.
How many sessions will I need...?
I can offer you a full hour each week. I offer short or longer term counselling, depending on your needs. It is ultimately up to you how many sessions you would like to have and this is something we can discuss at your first meeting (as well as the frequency of your sessions). I also recommend regular ‘reviews’ so that we can talk about how counselling is going for you and discuss progress and any setbacks. Although you are free to end counselling at any point without obligation, I would recommend we work together towards an ending where possible, to tie-up any ‘loose ends’.
What if I have further questions...?
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone or through my website contact form if you have any further questions. I endeavour to reply to all messages within 24 working hours.