I am a person-centred therapist, meaning that my aim is for us to work together on the issues that are bothering you, rather than me tell you what's wrong with you! A lot of the time just having someone who is empathic and doesn't judge can help you.
Many clients have difficult things from childhood that they want to explore, like family violence and abuse, and I can reduce the scariness of that, helping you see things in a different way. I have experience helping people with trauma, whether that comes from childhood or from things you have to go through at work or that have happened to you in life.
If you need help with anxiety or depression we can see what you might find helpful, and some clients like using art and other creative ways to look at how they are feeling; I can provide the felt-tips and play-doh! I also use 'focusing' as a way to help you listen to what you really feel.
I am BACP accredited counsellor already, and in a few months hope to join the UKCP psychotherapist register as well. I work from a comfortable private space, with easy access if you use a wheelchair or have mobility restrictions, and there is plenty of free parking. I also offer online or phone counselling if distance is an issue.
Many clients find it difficult to find time during their working week, so as well as evening appointments I choose to work on Saturdays and Sundays - please contact me for a no-obligation chat and a visit if you would find that useful, and we can see if working together could be a first step to you feeling better.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am accredited with BACP, with a Certificate and Diploma from Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute/Staffordshire University. I also expect to complete their Masters degree and UKCP psychotherapy accreditation this year.
I have extensive experience with survivors of childhood abuse, violence and neglect, and how this can affect clients in adulthood - anxiety, OCD, depression, flashbacks, alcohol/substance abuse, panic attacks for example. If you've been diagnosed with any of those, or with borderline or anything else judgemental then don't let that stop you getting help. I work in a gentle, person-centred way which is positive and empowering, and incorporate focusing skills, creative work and coaching.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I currently charge £40 per session.