I have worked with adults and couples for over 19 years and, through my work, I have been privileged to meet many unique and amazing human beings.
As a counsellor, I believe my greatest strength is my ability to create a meaningful connection and therapeutic relationship with another human being. I believe strongly in always striving to be genuine, authentic, empathic and to feel an unconditional acceptance of others. All of these qualities I consider to be vital in order to create a therapeutic relationship with someone who is looking for help, with whatever it is that has led them to seek counselling.
As a human being, (I'm not just a counsellor!) people say I am very easy to talk to and that I have a really good sense of humour. The latter I believe can be especially helpful in life at times!
I believe, within counselling, the relationship with another is the therapy and it is the therapeutic relationship with another human being that heals. As a counsellor, I view myself as a fellow traveller, sharing part of another persons journey through life, for as long as they want me alongside them. I feel both humbled and honoured when someone puts their trust in me, and invites me to walk alongside them for a while, and shares with me with their unique story.
I have worked with a wide variety of issues including, anxiety, depression, family and relationship problems, stress, work related issues, trauma, bereavement and couples counselling. I also have significant experience of working with clients on the autistic spectrum. In addition, I have experience and a special interest in working with clients who have experienced a cancer diagnosis and treatment and the associated emotional impact that has.
I work within a counselling and training organisation called Lemon Grove Counselling & Therapy, which is run jointly by myself, and fellow counsellor, Marco Centonze. We have come together to set up Lemon Grove because we both believe in the same approach and our aim is to create the peace and tranquility that goes hand in hand with the healing process.
If you would like to meet me, I would be pleased to arrange an initial appointment. One of the most important things is to feel comfortable with the person you are working with, so I normally suggest you come for an initial session to find out how counselling could help you, to ask any questions you might have and help you decide if I am the right person for you. I can normally offer you an initial appointment within a week or two.
Our counselling room in Broughton Grange is situated in a tranquil, yet very accessible location on the outskirts of Kettering, only a few minutes drive from the centre of Kettering and 15 minutes drive from Corby and Wellingborough. The private and homely room is located within a building shared with other companies and health professionals. There is ample free parking at the location. However, for those with restricted mobility, please be aware the room is located on the first floor.
(Please note, although the postal address for Broughton Grange is Headlands, it is located near Kettering Golf Club on the edge of the town).
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Practice for Person-Centred Counsellors
Certificate in Supervision CTSD
Advanced Post Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: £40 (1 hour)
Couples: £45 - £50 (1 hour)
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and, as such, am on the Accredited Voluntary Register, approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
In addition, I have a an enhanced DRB check and I am covered by full professional indemnity insurance.