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 difficult or traumatic past experiences. You may want to talk about it, or work out how to change things, but counselling might seem a daunting prospect if you've never tried it before. I believe the therapeutic relationship is key to building trust with you. From this place of trust, feelings can be considered and change can be explored in a safe, understanding and accepting environment.
Who am I...?
As a warm, empathic, non-judgmental counsellor, it's my mission to help you through your issues so that you can move on with your life. It's my hope that by working with me you will be able to heal from past experiences, be more confident in yourself, gain courage to deal with life's challenges and form happier, more satisfying relationships.
How I work....
I’m a passionate advocate of the Person-Centred Approach (PCA).
I believe that 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 striving 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 live without worry, make better choices for yourself, and to move on to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
I have considerable experience in dealing with bereavement issues as well as anxiety, depression, 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.
What about the Pandemic...?
In these difficult times I understand the need for counselling is more crucial than ever. In response to the pandemic I’ve recently undertaken additional training to support clients during and beyond Covid-19. I understand you may be feeling down, stressed or anxious. You may have been bereaved as a consequence of the Coronavirus. You may be fearful for your loved ones or what the future holds. You may be a keyworker, feeling exhausted and afraid. You may be stressed with working from home, juggling your own needs against those you live with. You may feel constrained by the current social distancing rules, or you may be feeling too afraid to leave your home. Or you may still be shielding, feeling overlooked and forgotten…
How does online and telephone counselling work...?
I am committed to ensuring your safety at this difficult time. That’s why I’m continuing to offer online and telephone counselling for the time being. At this time of change, many clients are finding they still prefer online and telephone counselling. Therefore, when my counselling room does re-open, I’m happy to continue my work with you online or over the phone if this is your preference.
In essence I will be offering you the same counselling experience as if we were meeting face to face. There are a few extra things to consider but we can discuss these during your first session.
For online counselling I use a system called 'Zoom'. This is a safe platform because it offers end-to-end encryption (to prevent unauthorised access) and is free for you to use. If you are unfamiliar with this application I will be happy to talk you through it. I also have a help sheet which I can send to you before our first session.
As we will be working together online or over the phone, you don’t need to live in the Nottingham area during this time. Although you may only need counselling during the pandemic, if we begin working together in the longer-term I would be happy to continue working with you online or over the phone, until your counselling comes to a natural conclusion. If however, you do live locally to Nottingham, we can transfer to face-to-face meeting when it is safe to do so.
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
- BA (Hons) English & History
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member)
- The Person-Centred Association (formerly known as BAPCA)
- Bereavement and the Person Centred Approach
- Literature Review - ‘Living with the Dominator’
Recent Courses and Workshops
- Attachment Theory and Grief Models
- Grief, Loss & Coronavirus
- Integrating Artwork into Counselling
- Initial Assessment
- Online Counselling
- Person-Centred Clinical Assessment
- The Unprepared Client
- Therapeutic Endings
- Understanding Dreams
- Using Creative Resources
- Working with Distress
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
Free telephone consultation (30 minutes)
£20 initial session (1 hour)
£40 session (1 hour)
Concessionary rates are available for some slots, please enquire for further details.
Online and telephone clients are invited to pay before each session via BACS.
Concessions offered for
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.