Brené Brown said: ‘we don’t have to do all of it alone, we were never meant to’.
This phrase has a lot of meaning for me, and I hope it reaches out to you in the same way. These are very difficult times and we don’t have to only rely on ourselves to get through it. This is where you can reach out to someone to talk to.
Please see below for: How counselling can help, what to expect from your first session & information for student counsellors.
How counselling can help
I primarily work in a Person-Centred way which means I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental place to explore your emotions, thoughts and difficulties around any area you feel is important in that session. I can offer you an empathic ear, a place to leave your emotional luggage and someone to walk with whilst you’re having a difficult time. I can also provide a more structured approach utilising my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) experience and qualification.
Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) offers you a way to offload your difficulties, but also to be able to explore your own emotions, feelings, frustrations, behaviour and how you view the world around you in order to gain a greater understanding of yourself. CBT provides you with a structured and a more solution-led format of counselling, which can assist in changing thinking patterns and behaviours which are considered maladaptive. In both modalities of counselling, my aim is to empower you to break unhelpful cycles of thought and behaviour so you can be the best version of you possible.
I also specialise in various modalities of communication, including play, music, art and performance therapies if this is something you would like to explore, but I also provide straightforward talking therapy which has proven extremely beneficial for my clients. I can provide you with short and long term (open-ended) therapy; over the phone, online and face to face once it’s safe to do so.
What to expect from the first session
I provide a 30 minute free initial consultation over the phone to provide an opportunity for you to discuss what you would like to bring to counselling, and for me to introduce myself as well as talk about how we will work together.
I do offer concessions for those with limited income and I can also provide weekend and evening counselling if needed so please get in touch.
Information for student counsellors
Are you a student looking to complete your required personal counselling hours for your course? I've been there! I was a student myself and I understand the necessity of these sessions. Please get in touch and we can work together to get the hours you need for your course and also provide you with support for the pressures studying does give.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychology, a Bachelors (with Honours) in Performance Art and I’m a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I also have a Diploma in Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a Diploma in Asperger Awareness, including a Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. In addition, I've completed training in Critical Incident and Stress Management and Debriefing, and Psychological First Aid. I'm also undertaking a course in British Sign Language (BSL). I’ve provided counselling for over five years, with experience in:
Dealing with loss and future loss, bereavement, all aspects of grief and disenfranchised grief typically to do with the loss of pets, physical and learning difficulties, self-harm, psychological, physical and sexual abuse, violent behavioural tendencies, empathy and compassion difficulties, memory loss, stroke and the resulting effects, self-esteem, relationships with those who have learning difficulties, anger management, eating disorders, autistic tendencies and spectrum, foster parenting, Alzheimer’s, drug and alcohol dependency, mental health difficulties, suicidal tendencies, familial difficulties, work-related illnesses, OCD, stress and anxiety, depression, miscarriages, breakdown of relationships, bullying (both workplace and elsewhere), medical diagnosis e.g. epilepsy and bipolar disorder, trauma, homelessness, residential support, legal and court trauma, self-harm, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post traumatic stress (PTS), losing children, social expectations, agoraphobia, menopause and hysterectomy.
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
£40 per hour