BA Hons in Integrative Relational Counsellor
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Hello, thank you for accessing my profile. I appreciate that this might be your first step to reach out for support and I hope I can offer you a clear insight on how I can help you. I have been a counsellor for 12 years. I have broad experience in supporting individuals through challenging times in their lives. I have helped adults, older people and teenagers in managing issues such as anxiety; low self-esteem/confidence; depression; anger management; separation/divorce; isolation; relationship issues and parenting issues; domestic abuse; self-harm; suicidal ideation; miscarriages; alcohol abuse; childhood trauma; trust issues.
In addition to my career as a counsellor, in the last three years I qualified and ran Forest Bathing sessions in Kew Gardens and the Surrey Hills. Offering ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions is the combination of years of counselling integrated with a deep understanding and experience on how to access the benefit of being in nature, based on science and tested practice.
How can I help you?
In bringing a warm and calm demeanour, my intention is to offer a reassuring, supportive and secure environment for my clients. Within a caring and non-judgmental relationship, I aim to provide a safe place for clients to explore issues and to empower them to make informed decisions. I will respect your confidentiality and I adhere to the BACP Professional Conduct and Ethical Framework. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. As a registered member of the BACP, I work to their standards and complete on-going professional development to ensure my practice remains current and effective.
As an Integrative Relational Counsellor, I aim to integrate different counselling approaches according to my client’s issues and specific needs. Attachment Theory is at the heart of my counselling approach. I believe our first experiences of emotional attachment to our main carers and the subsequent development of our own attachment style as we grow up impacts on our resilience as adults. Attachment Theory is part of Psychodynamic counselling and so I explore past events to understand your coping mechanisms and the messages you have assimilated about yourself as you grew up. Person centred approach allows me to remain connected with your present issues and ensure the quality of our therapeutic relationship by offering you empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.
Sometimes our problems relate to the way we formulate and understand events and when working on issues such as anxiety and phobias, Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) can provide target solutions. CBT can help you by changing the way you think and behave.
Through recent advances in neuroscience, we have acquired a deeper understanding of how mind, body and emotions are connected and Mindfulness approaches, including Forest Bathing, allow us to slow down, becoming aware of ourselves and our environment in a non-judgemental way, while using our senses to remain anchored in the present moment.
Walk and Talk has many benefits and I truly believe in the benefit of spending time in nature. Depending on your issues and needs we might have a blended approach of sessions of walking and talking in addition to traditional counselling sessions, to ensure we can explore deeply the issues that are concerning you.
Where do I work?
At the present time I am offering counselling remotely, either by video or phone. My face-to-face sessions are through walk and talk. Since the first week of lockdown, I started to contact my clients remotely, which meant they continued to receive my support without interruption. From my professional experience and feed-back from my clients, they find working remotely efficient and just as good as face to face. Of course, this is down to personal preference, and you need to follow what it is most comfortable for you.
I run the walk and talk sessions in Richmond Park and Bushy Park, during daytime for health and safety reasons. There is no bad weather for walking in nature, just wrong clothing! I will send you plenty of information if you would like to try this new approach to counselling and nature.
What is next?
If you would like to find out more, I offer one off free session of 30 minutes, to learn more about me and to find out if I am the right person for you.
There are several counselling approaches, and this can feel a bit confusing. Research has shown that the relationship between the client and the counsellor is the most important element in the process of change. It is therefore essential that you find a counsellor with whom you feel comfortable attuned.
If you are happy with my approach and believe we can effectively work together we can set up an initial contract of seven sessions, including one or two initial sessions where we will explore what are your concerns, your backgrounds and identify one or two goals. After seven sessions we can review where we are and if we have achieved your goals. If you decide you want to continue, we will start an open-ended contract, that is we will continue until you are satisfied you have reached the result you wanted.
Sessions will take place weekly and preferably at the same time and day. I am happy to be flexible if you are working shifts.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Hons) Degree Integrative-Relational Counselling
- Personalised Individual Parenting Training (PIPT)
In-house training, including Suicide Prevention Training, Adult Safeguarding, Assessment & Formulation, Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse while working for Place2Be
- Mindfulness and Meditation Training for Teaching
- Forest Bathing Leadership Training
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Diploma of Higher Education in Social Work (Specialised in Mental Health)
I have been working in social care for over 25 years and my passion has always been mental health and how to support people in taking those important steps to self-care. I started as a care worker in residential home for people with mental health issues. After this I moved on to become a social worker, specialising in mental health. I worked as a deputy manager in a day centre for people with dementia and together with various charities such as Mind. I decided to become a counsellor 15 years ago because I wanted to have the time to build a meaningful relationship with my clients and to have the time and flexibility to understand people’s needs and how best to support them. I understand that we are unique, and we need different ways of being supported. As a counsellor I have worked for a variety of organisations, including as a parent counsellor in one of the major charities offering counselling to parents and families in schools. In this role I have also coached parents in parenting skills. Through working as a full time as a counsellor, I have completed over 4,500 hours of counselling individuals.
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee are:
- £50 for 50 minutes for remote (video or phone) counselling
- £60, one hour for ‘Walk and Talk’ to include travelling costs.
If you would like to experience a group Forest Bathing session in the Surrey Hills, please contact me.
My counselling working hours are:
- Monday morning – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Tuesday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; evening sessions from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
- Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; evening sessions from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
- Friday morning – from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm