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Dip (Couns), Fdsc Counselling, BA (Hons) Counselling, MBACP

About me

I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist with substantial experience of working with adults and children over 16 on a one to one basis. I work from a consultation room in Farnham and have day and evening availability for appointments.  An initial telephone consultation is free of charge to see whether you would like to work together.

Counselling/psychotherapy may be sought for many reasons - sometimes life may feel overwhelming due to a specific trauma, or an on-going sense of inner tension/unease that is hard to explain or understand. I offer a genuine, confidential and non-judgemental therapeutic space to enable you to explore these feelings and whatever is troubling you, at your own pace.

Alongside my private practice I work as a locum psychotherapist for the NHS and also lecture in counselling to undergraduate level at a local college. Through using an integrative psychotherapeutic approach (incorporating person centred, psychodynamic and transpersonal paradigms), this allows me to tailor therapy to the individual and unique needs of each client.

I work with a range of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, abuse, addiction, relationship breakdown, separation/divorce, family issues, low self esteem, stress, phobias, loss and bereavement.

I have worked as a group psychotherapist at the Priory Hospital in Woking, running mixed group psychotherapy sessions as well as coordinating their stress management programme. I also have many years experience working as a psychotherapist within palliative care - providing psychological support to patients and carers through treatment, terminal illness and bereavement. I have delivered a series of training workshops within the NHS (NE Hants and Farnham) covering the impact of long term health physical health conditions upon psychological wellbeing.

I encourage sessions to be scheduled weekly, however this is dependent upon your specific requirements - the number and frequency of sessions will be reviewed regularly. Counselling may be short or long term, and can be face-to-face,  zoom or telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling (Distinction)
Fdsc Degree in Counselling (Distinction)
BA (Hons) in Counselling (First Class)
Fully registered MBACP
CRB Checked (Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Certificate)
Lecturer and Trainer in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Safeguarding certificate
Risk assessment training

Continuing professional development courses in:

  • Couples Therapy
  • Trauma
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Shame
  • Substance misuse

Information Governance certificate

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Fees are:

Initial telephone consultation is free.

Individual (one-one session) £75 per hour.

Couples and family therapy £130 per hour.

When I work

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme