Becky Stokes BSc (Hons) PgDip MBACP
Sometimes life can seem hard - a situation is worrying you, something has happened that has affected you, you feel like you’ve lost your way, you don’t know who you are any more, or you feel depressed or anxious for no obvious reason at all. If you can relate to any of these, then counselling may help.
Counselling can help you to deal with a tricky or unpleasant situation, process a traumatic experience, overcome anxiety, manage depression, increase your confidence, silence your inner critic, improve your relationships, create better boundaries, and gain a better understanding of yourself.
The positive effects of counselling can last you for the rest of your life!
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist based in Dunoon, Argyll. Being person-centred, I believe that everyone is unique and has their own perspective on life, based on their thoughts, feelings and beliefs. You are the expert in your own life (even if it doesn’t always feel like it), so I’m not going to judge you, or give you advice or tell you what to do. Instead, through empathy, openness and kindness, I will help support you to explore how your situation feels for you and, by building a relationship of trust and respect between us, together we can work towards finding the best way to move forward for you.
I offer 50-minute counselling sessions, with a reduced rate for the initial session which will allow us the opportunity to get to know each other and find out if we would like to work together.
Additionally, for anyone who feels they may struggle to find the time, space, or money for a full 50-minute session due to the current lockdown situation, 30-minute counselling sessions are also available.
Please note that from 1st April 2020, all counselling sessions will take place online via video (Zoom) until further notice.
I understand that going for counselling, or even enquiring about it, may make you feel nervous or anxious, but please don’t let that be the barrier that stops you from seeking the help you deserve. Be assured that I will always do my best to put you at ease. I am here to help and will be happy to hear from you.
If you would like to enquire about booking an appointment, or have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere to their code of ethics, as well as having regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.
I have several years experience of working with adults of differing ages and backgrounds with a range of issues, both in short-term counselling and longer-term therapy. I also currently work part time at Argyll and Bute Women’s Aid, offering counselling to women who have experienced domestic abuse, as well as providing admin support to the organisation.
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
For 50-minute video sessions, the initial session cost is £30, and £35 for each subsequent session. Payment is by bank transfer, and must be paid at least 24 hours in advance of each session.
For 30-minute video sessions, the cost is £20 per session. Payment is by bank transfer, and must be paid at least 24 hours in advance of each session.
For face-to-face sessions, the initial session cost is £30, and £40 for each subsequent session. I accept payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer. If you wish to pay by bank transfer, the payment needs to be made at least 24 hours in advance.
As appointments can be in demand, if you wish to cancel a session, please contact me as soon as possible. This gives me the chance to offer your appointment slot to someone who may be waiting for an appointment. If you fail to attend a session without letting me know in advance, or cancel a session with less than 24 hours’ notice, you will be charged £20 for the session.