'About me and the way I work'
Welcome to my profile. I am a qualified and experienced counsellor working privately across the area of Eastleigh. Prior to my private practice I also worked at a counselling service in Winchester supporting people with a wide range of issues e.g. Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Relationship problems, Loss & bereavement, divorce, family breakdown, adoption, sexual problems, addictions, cancer & long-term illness, work issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc.
I trained in Gestalt / Humanistic counselling and with experience have adapted this to a more integrative approach using a range of methods appropriate to client needs. I use practical interventions during counselling such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) or Mindfulness alongside my Gestalt creative approaches.
'What to expect from counselling'
We discuss your needs and expectations at our first counselling session and I will review regularly to ensure counselling continues to be of benefit to you. Sessions are weekly, individual sessions last for 50 minutes and couple sessions 70 minutes. This type of talking therapy can be short or long term.
'Why people choose counselling'
People come to counselling for many different reasons and at various times in their lives, often at times of despair or in times of suffering. They come not knowing who to turn to or who could possibly help them. We can all feel hopeless and isolated at such times. You may feel alone yet often other people share similar experiences. As a counsellor I can stand alongside you and offer strategies and practical tools to guide you and give you the encouragement, help and support you are seeking.
'How counselling can help you'
Given life's challenges I will offer you the time and space you deserve to talk and share your situation and experience. As a warm and caring person I will listen to you empathically with an open and non-judgemental manner in a safe and confidential environment offering you a trusting therapeutic relationship.
Counselling is about empowering you to take a journey of self discovery as we explore together who you really are. How life has and is affecting you and explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. This Raises awareness about yourself and how you make sense of your world and your connections to the people around you. Enabling you to develop a new perspective on your life, see things afresh, regain confidence having the ability to choose and learn new ways of 'being' and cope better with your difficulties. I believe as individuals we have the capacity to grow and strengthen using our inner resources. My desire is to facilitate this process and enable you to have a greater sense of well-being and live a satisfying life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling (University of Winchester)
Certificate in Counselling
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Continuing Professional Development Workshops
Clients with Dementia.
(Plus 11 week course called 'The Freedom Programme.')
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Single/Living alone
Concessions offered for
Appointments can be made during the day and evenings.
For therapy to be effective it is important to have regular appointments. Sessions are normally provided on a weekly basis, though some flexibility may be possible or necessary.
- 50 minute individual session - £45
- 75 minute couple session - £70
Appointments can be made during the day and evenings.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the principles of the BACP Ethical Framework. This includes regular personal supervision from a more qualified professional and the enhancement of my skills through formal Continued Professional Development. I also hold professional indemnity insurance.
I work from home and my counselling room is bright, comfortable and spacious. There is plenty of parking space on my driveway.
Please feel free to telephone or email me using the link above with any questions you may have and I look forward to hearing from you!