Why come to Counselling?
We grow and change with our environment. We flourish in favourable conditions and feel we are slowed down by difficulties and stresses along the way. We adapt to what we face and sometimes through painful and complicated times we lose a sense of confidence in ourselves and who we are. Then it may be helpful to have someone with us so that we can identify for ourselves how to grow and move forwards. It is an opportunity to look at how we feel , what is important to us , to accept ourselves and feel more in touch with who we really are and who we want to be.
As a qualified Integrative Counsellor, I can offer a safe comfortable space to help you to look at and better understand the difficulties you face and what is stopping you from flourishing so that you can choose how you want to continue with your life .
How does Counselling begin?
We would have a free initial meeting so that we can see how we feel about working together. In this session, you can ask me anything you would like to know about the counselling I offer and I will ask you about yourself, your relationships and what brings you to counselling at this time.
How do we work together?
If you choose to continue with further regular weekly sessions I will offer a place to look at whatever it is you want to bring on that day. We will work together to build a relationship so that you feel you can look at your worries and anxieties in a none judgemental way. We can work in your way on any area of your life that feels important to you at that time. This may be related to family, work, finances, life stages and friends. It could cover issues such as bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-image, anger, despair, trauma, difficulties from the past, periods of transition and change, or unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
How does Counselling help?
Clients say :
"You made it okay not to feel okay"
"I am feeling more in control of my life"
"I like being me"
"I am scared of being seen -but I want to be heard"
"I feel I have lost myself and I want to get back to who I really am and who I would like to be"
"I feel I can be kind to myself and to other people."
My training is in Integrative Counselling and I can offer therapeutic approaches that suit your needs at this time.
I believe that the relationship between the client and the counsellor is the source of change. Counselling is a safe way of looking at who you are, what is important to you at this time and your identity.
There are two areas in which I can help as a counsellor:
- Identifying at how you feel at this time and what you would like to look at in your life.
- Looking at what how you go forward in a way that suits you.
I offer open-ended therapy or shorter term work.How long we work together will be your choice depending on what you want from counselling at this time.
Where does counselling take place?
Our sessions take place in a quiet, ground floor space with easy access overlooking a garden. There is ample free parking immediately outside. It is a 15-minute walk to the station and the 700 bus stops close by.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Couples Counselling
- Certificate of Proficiency - the BACP accredited voluntary register
- Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Northbrook College)
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training (Change, Grow, Live)
- Transactional Analysis TA 101
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Northbrook College)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- BA Hons. Degree (University of Leicester)
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
I am fully insured and DBS checked
I am registered with the ICO for Data Protection
I have individual membership of BACP.
I abide by the BACP Codes of Ethics
Each session is for one hour . I offer a free initial assessment session of one hour and this is an opportunity to spend time together and for you to decide whether you feel you would be comfortable working with me.
Individual appointments – £40
12 sessions at £30 per session.
Couples Counselling - £55
I can also offer reduced fee sessions for students or people on low incomes and am happy to discuss this.
Appointments are available during the day on Monday to Friday and the evening until 9.00 .
I offer weekly sessions at the same time and the same day each week. I also offer flexible sessions for shift work etc.I plan to give my clients four weeks notice of changes to our sessions and if I cannot make a session I will try to offer an alternative time suitable to you. I ask for a days notice of changes to your appointments.
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
My Continuing Professional Development is in the areas of
Counselling around Mental Health and Physical Well Being
Working with Body Story Lines
Trauma and the Body
- Trauma and Substance Abuse
Counselling around Attachment Styles from our Early Childhood
- Attachment in Substance Counselling
- Attachment as a Therapeutic Modality
Working Creatively in the Counselling Room
- Using the Sand Tray in Counselling
- Integration of the Two Parts of the Self
- Painting from the Heart
- Exploring the Inner Image
- Working with Dreams