A little about me
Before starting my counselling career, I experienced separation and divorce, when I felt confused and lost. I have also had family bereavements, my Dad’s illness and death and supported my Mum through breast cancer treatment. After becoming a new mum, I developed Post Natal Depression. When I had counselling, I felt accepted, not judged, respected and truly listened to. Counselling allowed me time and space to express my feelings and thoughts; to discover who I was and where I wished to take my life. This positive therapy inspired me to provide the same for others.
How I work and what to expect
I offer a warm, friendly empathic and understanding approach. I can connect with a range of people on varied issues. I do not believe in one psychological approach to fit all. I strongly feel all people are unique in the way we think, feel and perceive our world. I like to be driven by what you need.
We will work together to have a clear agreed way of working that includes our boundaries and expectations. We will not start any counselling until we are both happy with this. Initially I will ask you to explain your reasons for attending Counselling and what you are hoping to achieve from your sessions. I will also invite you to share your background, your family, interests etc. At times, I may sensitively challenge you by asking you to reflect and consider issues from a different perspective. Or to make links with the past which you may not have thought about before.
I work one to one with people, aged 18 + years, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, depending on your needs and circumstances. Most people require more than one session to help overcome issues, therefore I offer short, medium or longer- term work. I will invite you regularly to review your progress and see where you wish to go next.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working within their Ethical Framework. I strive to uphold and adhere to the BACP’s clear working principles, morals and values, which aim to put the client at the heart of Counselling.
I offer to provide you with a trusting therapeutic relationship which will enable you to feel open and honest, safe and confident to discuss your issues, making the most of your Counselling sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience and background
My journey began to evolve as I took on roles with the Citizens Advice Bureau, The Somerset Youth Offending Team as a Family and Parenting Worker and with Mindline in Taunton. As a Counsellor, I have experience working young people and adults at Bridgwater and Taunton College, working with adults individually and in groups with Somerset NHS Talking Therapies Service and voluntary counselling at Rydon Ward, Taunton. I have also been an Associate Lecturer in Counselling at Bridgwater and Taunton College.
BA Hons Photo media and Design Communication
Level 4 & 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
NVQ 3 Working with Parents
Group and Standard Teen Triple P Facilitator
Accredited Family Group Conference Co-Ordinator
Assertiveness Course for Parents Facilitator
Training in Child Attachment, Mental Health First Aid, Young people and Sexually harmful behaviour, Adolescent Substance and Alcohol Misuse, Understanding and Supporting People who Self-Harm, Safeguarding Awareness with MIND.
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
Please call to arrange a free 30 minute, no obligation meeting to discuss if Counselling is right for you, why you feel counselling may help you and if you feel comfortable working with me. Further sessions are £40 per session, paid by cash or BACS.
I work Monday to Friday with day and evening appointments available.