Why come to Counselling?
We grow and change with our environment and outside. circumstances We flourish in favourable conditions and are slowed down by difficulties and stresses too 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 and like ourselves and feel more in touch with who we really are and who we want to be.
I am an experienced, qualified Integrative Counsellor. I have chosen to train in areas that I feel are really important . My experience includes addictions and dependencies , working long term over several years and short term over 10 -12 weeks. I have worked with suicide , death , spirituality ,loss, homelessness and people with complex diagnoses . Periods of transition , changes and breakdowns in relationships can feed into uncomfortable feelings. This can provoke anxiety in different forms, depression, fear and dislike for ourselves and others. These are some of the key areas that people often want to look at but also find it hard to grasp and identify alone. My aim is to listen carefully and support in a safe, comfortable and reliable space. I can help people to look at painful and frightening feelings and bring them into the open to be seen and understood.
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 space to look at whatever it is you want to bring on that day. You do not have to plan anything to discuss as the process of counselling means that thoughts and feelings will come up naturally. However it can also be done by planning a starting point and deciding on a topic for a session beforehand. We will work together to build a relationship and a way of talking about feelings so that you feel you can be heard and understood. We can work in your way on any area of your life that feels important to you at this 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 feel stronger in myself and I know who I am"
"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, kind and compassionate way of being able to look at the pain and suffering which is bound up with our daily lives.
There are 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 feels right for you.
- Supporting you to be able to look at painful feelings that are hard to focus on and understand.
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)
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
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
£30.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Each session is for one hour . I offer a free initial 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 – £45
12 sessions or more 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 7.30 .
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.
When I work
I can offer appointments during the day or evening up until 7.30 pm and to 9.00 pm on Thursdays.
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