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MBACP, MNCS (Accred), Dip. Couns

About me

I have genuine empathy for anyone who is struggling with difficulties in their life. Unhelpful and counter-productive patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving can contribute to poor mental health, dissatisfaction with life and unhappiness. Traumatic experiences in childhood and/or as an adult can compound the problems and make life seem very difficult to navigate.

With the right support, such as the counselling relationship offers, it is possible to overcome difficulties and find strength, happiness, meaning, and fulfilment in our lives, even during the really challenging periods. 

I understand the courage it requires to take the first step and seek help. But I also know that it is possible to find a way through challenging personal issues and difficult times and lead a happier and more productive life, with more meaningful relationships and less emotional instability.

About me and how I work

I am a fully qualified counsellor, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), which are registers that have been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

I originally studied English Literature at university, followed by a career in finance. But after a parenting career break I decided to follow a different path and retrained as a counsellor, a choice largely influenced by my own life experiences and my personal journey through counselling and healing.

My specialism is on the impacts of trauma, such as PTSD, adult and childhood sexual abuse, sexual trauma, domestic abuse and emotional abuse. However, I work with adult clients in my private practice with many problems, including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, identity issues, family, friendship or relationship problems, self-destructive behaviours and addictions, eating disorders and body image issues. I also currently work with clients at a specialist counselling agency supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence and trauma.

I will actively listen and offer you my skills, time and understanding to talk about your particular issues, with the aim of reducing negative feelings and confusion and increasing your ability to cope with challenges and make positive changes to your life. In the counselling sessions you explore your own experiences, and so ideally you need to be open to self-exploration and to identifying what factors in your personal history and current life are maintaining and/or are causing your current issues.

It is important that the counselling relationship is one of trust and respect. I will be impartial and non-judgemental, providing a safe and confidential environment for you to explore and make sense of who you are, your life and your experiences. My role as a counsellor is to support you to explore your thought and behaviour patterns, and this may involve gently challenging your beliefs and thought processes in order to help you see things from different perspectives.

I have full public liability and indemnity insurance, an up-to-date Enhanced DBS certificate, and I practice under the ethical framework established by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  This means that I am committed to working with you in a safe and professional way that empowers you to identify what choices you have available to you and what resources you already possess.

Integrative Counselling

There are many ways of working, or 'modalities', in counselling. I work in an integrative way, which as the name suggests is a combined approach that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative counselling takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat every client in all situations. Rather, each person deserves to be considered as an individual with a unique set of problems, and counselling techniques need to be tailored to your personal needs and circumstances. I work in a trauma-informed way with clients who have experienced trauma in their lives.

​The different counselling styles I incorporate are:

​Person Centred Counselling - An approach that aims to understand your experience from your unique perspective, focusing on developing a sense of personal power, identifying how you want to live your life and working towards achieving your goals.

​Psychodynamic Counselling - An approach that helps to unravel and understand your deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them by looking at past experiences and relationships and how they influence you in the present. 

​Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - An approach that looks at your thought, feeling and behaviour patterns, working together in sessions to change some of these to manage your problems. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Due to the complex nature of the issues that clients bring to counselling sessions, I am committed to continually improving my knowledge and skills through further educational training and CPD. 

Counselling Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma Therapy (in progress)
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Diploma in Psychology

Further Professional Training / CPD Undertaken:​Intensive Trauma Treatment​

  • How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment
  • Working with Trauma: Somatic-Based Interventions
  • Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse: Hope For Healing
  • Working with Shame
  • Working with Dissociation in Clinical Practice
  • Working with Narcissistic Injuries and Neglect
  • Working with Gender Diverse Clients
  • Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Violence
  • Working with Sibling Sexual Abuse
  • Practitioner Skills Training in Treating Eating Disorders
  • Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Using Mindfulness in Counselling
  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling Training

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and are £55 per session.

I offer a free 30 minute Zoom call to discuss your counselling needs and to establish if I have the skills needed for your particular issues, and to see if we both feel we are a good fit for working together. Please contact me to arrange this.

Please note that I have a 48 hour notice cancellation policy otherwise the full fee is charged.

Sessions are usually booked at the same time each week for the duration of therapy.

Counselling is open-ended and therefore there is no limit to the number of sessions. Regular reviews are undertaken to assess how the client is progressing.

Face-to-Face Counselling

Individual counselling sessions are available at my private practice in Orpington, Kent. I work from a safe and confidential garden office room and there is ample private parking on site. 

Online Counselling

If you are unable to make face-to-face counselling sessions, it is possible to have online counselling via Zoom instead. This means I am able to see clients located anywhere in the UK. I am a Certified Online Counsellor

Please note that I do not offer telephone or text counselling sessions.

When I work

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I work Monday to Thursday, including some evenings, and on Saturdays. Please contact me for my current availability. 

Orpington, Kent, BR6

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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