Life can feel difficult and confusing at times. Whether you are carrying painful feelings from the past, are struggling with your current circumstances or feel you could be getting more out of life, counselling offers a safe and confidential space to explore what is troubling you. My role is to support you in finding your own route through the difficulties you are experiencing. I am calm and approachable; I will not judge or tell you what to do. I use an integrative approach, which means I use a range of approaches to suit your individual needs. I believe the quality of the relationship I form together with my clients is vital to how helpful they find their counselling experience. I am committed to building relationships that feel collaborative, open and supportive.
I have many years of experience working to support people of all ages, in a variety of roles and settings. My more recent experience includes volunteering for a charity that provides support to people in emotional distress and who may be experiencing suicidal feelings, working as a counsellor for a young peoples' counselling service and three years as a counsellor in a busy GP surgery helping patients with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress and bereavement. Currently I work in my own private counselling practice.
It can be hard to acknowledge that things are not going right and difficult to take that first step to reach out for help and support. I am contactable by email, phone or text message, whichever feels easiest to make that first contact. It can be helpful to arrange to have an initial confidential chat on the phone, so I can get an idea of what you feel you need and hope to get from counselling, for you to ask me any questions and for us both to get a sense of whether we feel we could work well together. If you would then like to go ahead, the next step is to arrange a no-obligation 50 minute assessment session. This is charged at the reduced fee of £20. Any sessions arranged after this are charged at the standard rate of £45 for 50 minutes. I offer both long or short term counselling depending on your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc Integrative Counselling - University of Greenwich
NCFE Levels 1,2 and 3 Counselling Skills and Theory - Guildford College
BSc (Hons) Psychology - University College London
Registered Nurse (Adult) and Dip H.E. Adult Nursing - South Bank University
I take part in regular Continued Professional Development.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge a reduced fee of £20 for an initial 50 minute assessment session and thereafter £45 for each 50 minute session.
I require 24hrs cancellation notice.
Student concession available.
I work with clients aged 16yrs and over.
I am fully insured and hold an up to date enhanced DBS check.