If you're reading this and are considering counselling, you've already taken the hardest step by making the decision to reach out and ask for help.
Counselling is helpful for many reasons but perhaps the most simple of these is that as human beings we have emotions, and experience difficulties and we often need to talk things through when life gets tough or we feel stuck.
Working with a Counsellor gives you the opportunity to talk to someone (outside of your own life), who intention is to help you feel better about yourself, you relationships, life generally, and your ability to cope when things are hard.
Though some of us have friends, family and partners to talk to, we may feel at times that we don't want to burden them, or even that they make our problems worse.
As a counsellor, I am trained to listen to and support you and help you find your own path through challenging times. If you find it harder to open up, it may be useful to remember that counsellors need to have their counselling themselves, as part of their training so we have been in your 'chair' before and know that it takes a little time to feel comfortable speaking about some things.
Below you can find details of some more of the things I've worked with and some of the training I've had to give you more information. In particular though, I'd like to say that one of the things I feel is important is that I work at your pace and I don't have a fixed way of dealing with things since. It's important to me to help you feel as comfortable as possible too, because if someone doesn't feel comfortable with their counsellor then the counselling just doesn't work as well.
Finally, I work with both individuals and couples with many different things and I qualified back in 1995 so please feel free to email me with any questions you have or to book an appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (1995) and have spent time since qualifying to bring in lots of other techniques too, such as Transactional Analysis and Gestalt as well as some Psychodynamic theory.
Some of the areas I am experienced in working with include:
- Relationship problems (individuals and couples)
- Career counselling and work related issues
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Separation and divorce
- Serious illness
- Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
- Anger management
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
When you contact me we can arrange an initial appointment, so I can see how counselling may be able to help you and you can ask any questions you may have.
£50 (one hour)
£65 (one hour)
Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are possible (all subject to availability)
Weekdays and some evenings, weekends may be possible depending upon availability