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B.A. (Hons), Dip & MSc Counselling

About me

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor who has been seeing clients since 2002. I can offer one-to one counselling with adults and older teenagers. I am now not only offering remote counselling via Zoom but also seeing clients face to face in therapy rooms in central Stroud.

The reasons why people come to me are many and varied. They include difficulties like confusion, overload, anxiety, depression, lack of direction, feeling stuck, work issues, confidence, jealousy, sexuality, loneliness, anger, recovering from addiction, harm, trauma, relationships, loss, bereavement and coping with life in general. I have found most people have a combination of these and other issues can arise from them. Often it is important to have the time and space to talk to someone who has the skills, approach and experience to help you through difficult and challenging periods in your life.

My main aim is to start by building a strong, warm, collaborative, working relationship. During this time we can together explore what is going on and endeavour to find some clarity. I have found that this in itself can be very important for clients. Then, when you are ready, we explore a little deeper and we can move towards looking at some possible changes that might help to make life more manageable, rewarding and fulfilling. My way of working means that I will endeavour to work alongside you in a “two heads are better than one” approach.

I have not only studied counselling to Masters level at Bristol University but have also in the past gone on to train and teach counselling for fourteen years. I have taught several hundred counselling trainees, most of whom have gone on to become successful counsellors. I believe that this has helped me enormously to become a skilled practitioner who is able to work safely and successfully with my clients.

My therapeutic work has been mainly working with adults on a one to one basis as a private and volunteer counsellor. I have worked up until recently as a student counsellor at a local 6th form college with sixteen to nineteen year old clients. I also taught this age group in colleges for twenty years up until 2006 so have a lot of experience working with young adults and adolescents.

I am currently based at Ownzone therapy rooms in Lansdown Stroud.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Training, qualifications & experience

Work and Qualifications

  • 1980 - 83 B.A (hons) Sociology - University of Staffordshire
  • 1984 – 85 PGCE (FE) Communications - University of Wolverhampton
  • 1985 - 86 Teacher of English as a Foreign Language - Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1987 – 99 College Lecturer - East Berkshire College
  • 2000 – 02 College Lecturer - Gloucester College
  • 2002 – 04 College Lecturer - City of Bristol College
  • 2004 – now College Lecturer - South Glos. and Stroud College
  • 2001 – 03 Diploma in Counselling - University of Bristol
  • 2003 – 06 MSc in Counselling - University of Bristol

Counselling Practice

  • 2002 -03 Trainee & Volunteer Counsellor - Cotswold Counselling & Support Centre
  • 2003 – 08 Private Practice - Kemble and Dursley Therapy Centres
  • 2008 – 16 Student Counsellor - Cirencester College
  • 2016 – 18 Volunteer Counsellor - Cotswold Counselling & Support Centre
  • 2018 – now Private Practice - Stroud (based at Glos. Counselling Service and on-line)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption

Searching for lost parents/childen.

Institutional abuse

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fees are £50 per hour but I will look at concessions for those on a lower income and free for limited amount of key workers involved in health and care during current Covid 19 crisis.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I can take evening clients at present.

Brimscombe, Stroud, Glos, GL5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults