I trained as a counsellor because one of the best things in the world is helping someone overcome what life has thrown at them. We endure difficult childhoods, tricky relationships and bad luck, and therapy can give you new resources to come out the other side and live life to the full.
I am a person-centred therapist, and you might want help with depression, anxiety or panic attacks - whatever you bring becomes our priority. I listen without judging you, help you to find your 'real' self, and keep you company while you explore different ways forward.
I have a lot of experience helping clients who have survived the worst things that childhood can bring - abuse (physical and sexual) and neglect, which can affect you long into adult life. My background is in another professional world, so if the pressures of work are getting to you, we can look at those.
I am UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and registered with BACP as well. My consulting room is designed to make you feel comfortable (you can choose the soundtrack if you like!) and if you run out of things to say there are fish to watch. If you have mobility restrictions don't worry - there is free parking within ten (level) feet of the door, and somewhere to get coffee and reviving cake close by. e a wheelchair or have mobility restrictions, and there is plenty of free parking. I also offer online and phone counselling if you prefer or 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 a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, with a Masters degree from Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute/Staffordshire University. I am have BACP clinical membership (MBACP).
I have extensive experience with survivors of childhood abuse, violence and neglect, and how this can affect clients in adulthood - anxiety, OCD, depression, flashbacks, fibromyalgia, alcohol/substance abuse, panic attacks for example. If you've been diagnosed with any of those, or with 'borderline' or anything else medical-sounding 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Currently available on Saturdays and Sundays, and for evening appointments during the week.