Life has an unfathomable habit of throwing 'stuff' at us and at times becoming quite overwhelming; isolating; without choice & testing our resilience and usual strategies of coping to the limits. Counselling, can provide a period of time & space to reconnect, understand, become aware, & identify the choices that can lead to realistic and sustainable change.
I am an integrative counsellor; able to use different theoretical approaches in my practice. I am guided by an ethical & professional framework as a registrant member of the National Counselling Society. I attend monthly supervision sessions and take part in various continuing professional development opportunities to support my practice and registration.
My background - I am a veteran of the Queen Alexander's Royal Naval Nursing Service (I am no longer a registered general nurse); volunteering with Service charities and other community based groups.
Coming to personal counselling begins a journey that is not easy and takes courage. It can be challenging as you explore what is uppermost for you & the thoughts, feelings & emotions that surround that. I am available to anyone who feels that they need to talk to someone outside of family or friends, in a safe and confidential space.
Contact me via my phone number 0754 387 9460 or my email email@example.com - I will get back to you as soon as is practically possible.
I look forward to meeting you soon……………
Training, qualifications & experience
- L4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- L3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
- L3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BSc(Open) - Relating to Health & Social Care
- PTLLS - Preparing to teach in the Life Long Learning Sector
I have completed further training in adult safeguarding & child safeguarding & protection; also ethical practice.
During my training, I had two placements, a 6th form college working with 16-18 year old students, teaching and associated staff. The other was a counselling agency contracted to the NHS to provide counselling services in General Practice surgeries.
I now work for the latter - Counsellors South West CIC. I also volunteer at Hair at The Academy in Exeter & maintain a private practice. I am also a recognised counsellor for the Royal Marines Association & Royal Marines Charity supporting partners of Serving & ex-Service personnel.
I am an accredited registrant member of the National Counselling Society & hold Professional Civil Liability Insurance. I receive monthly supervision and have a keen interest in continuing professional development & developing my practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
My fee is £40 per session & is due at the end of each session.
A concession rate is offered for counselling students & those 18 and above in full-time education or training.
Receipt of payment is given.
Employment Assistance Programmes (EAP) welcomed.
My hours of working are 0900-1700 Monday to Friday Assistance dogs welcome
Your appointment is for 1 hour with the working part of the session being 50 minutes.
Sessions will take place in a natural health centre and we will negotiate the day & time; ideally this will be the same day & time for all your sessions. This also makes booking our counselling room easier.
At the first session we'll try and plan for 6 sessions with a review at the fourth session to see how things are going. This also helps us plan for the ending of our therapeutic relationship as endings are as important as beginnings. Confidentiality, any paperwork etc will also be explained and gone through.
If you need to cancel an appointment please do so a minimum of 24 hrs prior.
Non-attendance without notice will incur the full cost of the session at the following appointment.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.