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Hello, there are many reasons why you might be looking for a counsellor and taking the first step can feel frightening and overwhelming. Perhaps I can help? I am a qualified integrative counsellor who offers a warm, open hearted space for clients to explore themselves, their concerns and difficulties. I draw on a variety of theoretical models and interventions to suit my clients.
I have a particular interest in relationship difficulties, whether this is with parents, children, friends, work colleague or partners. I believe relationships are core to our existence and when we experience difficulty in maintaining these it can affect our lives significantly. Seeing a counsellor can help to shed light on emotional reactions and patterns of behaviour that may be contributing to difficulties within your relationship. I offer individual or couple counselling to explore the relational challenges you are facing.
I continue to acquire new knowledge and skills by attending training courses and workshops including Working with Relational Trauma, Child Sexual Abuse and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme. I also continue to work on my own self development both individually with a therapist and attend regular personal development courses as it is important to me that I maintain my own emotional health and professionalism.
I am BACP registered and abide by the BACP code of ethics.
Sometimes it is difficult to fathom out how to be with situations or aspects of ourselves which challenge us and leave us feeling conflicted, anxious or unhappy in ourselves. Seeing a counsellor gives you a time to explore all aspects of yourself in a safe, caring and non judgemental space. We will work together to gain fresh insight into the problems and emotional responses that impact on your daily life. This will allow the possibility of greater inner peace and help towards moving forward with the situations that are troubling you.
My philosophy for working with people is for both of us to try to discover more helpful compassionate ways of relating to yourself and others and being in the world.
Counselling is a shared experience and I believe that the counselling relationship is at the heart of the therapy, and is key to opening up the possibility for healing wounds, gaining insight and developing as a human being with all our vulnerabilities. I am aware that it takes time and courage to build up trust in someone with whom you can let into the depth of your being. Initially we can have an informal talk on the telephone to see if I can be of help to you and if you feel at ease with me. If you decide you feel comfortable with me and want to start counselling, I will ask you to commit to an initial six sessions. Towards the end of our sixth session we will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like to continue to see me.
Is counselling for me?
Counselling can be helpful in many areas and nothing is ever too small. Below are some of the things people might bring to counselling:-
- Difficulty in relationship
- Pattern of choosing unsatisfactory partners
- Marriage/relationship difficulties
- Struggling to cope whilst caring for someone
- Tendency to overwork and its effects
- How to cope after retirement
- Unsatisfactory relationship with food, alcohol or drugs
- Low Self Esteem
- Anxiety and Depression
- Loss of relationship
- Anger management
- How to manage on a daily basis
- Want to feel more content
- Suffering in a Domestic Violence Relationship
- Wanting to know yourself better
- Childhood trauma
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Working with Relational Trauma
Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
Child Sexual Abuse
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I have worked as a counsellor for St Margaret’s Hospice for three years, being alongside people who are suffering after losing someone significant in their lives or who are caring for someone who is terminally ill.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone session
My standard fee for a 60 minute individual session is £50.00 to be paid by BACS and £70.00 for Couple Therapy.
You will need to give 48 hours notice to cancel an appointment, otherwise full payment for the session will be required.
When I work
Please call for availability.