Hello and Welcome, thank you for visiting my profile. Its great that you have taken this first step along your counselling journey, I know it can feel a little scary at this point. I imagine you have lots of thoughts and questions running through your head such as "am I doing the right thing?" "can I trust the counsellor?" "will I be asked to lay on a couch like I've seen in the movies" and many other such questions.
I would like to reassure you, you do not lay on a couch, we would usually sit in chairs or on the floor if you prefer so we are at the same level. As for doing the right thing, only you will know the answer to that, after we have spoken on the phone and met for an initial assessment you may well decide that I am not the right counsellor for you and that is OK, you need to feel at ease and comfortable so we can work together to move you forward. As for "can you trust me?", the sessions are confidential and what is said in the room stays in the room, there are exceptions to this and and one exception is that if you are at risk in anyway, my priority is to keep you safe. We will talk more about confidentiality at the assessment.
I am a warm and approachable person and offer a confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, I believe that the building of rapport within our relationship builds the trust too. My foundation is to come from a place of congruence (genuine/being real), unconditional positive regard (accepting you as you are) and being empathic (being able to walk beside you metaphorically and understand how life is for you).
I am fully insured, DBS checked and a registered member of the BACP. I attend regular supervision in accordance with BACP requirement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my counselling career in 2003 after being made redundant, four courses later I gained the level 4 Advanced Diploma in Integrative counselling in 2009.
Along the way I have volunteered with Victim Support outreach, then trained as a Domestic Abuse outreach worker. I went on to work with people that struggled with their alcohol intake, this was with Addaction. I also co facilitated relapse prevention groups. In 2008 I set up a counselling practice within a local GP surgery, here I saw a diverse range of clients referred to me by the GP's. The counselling grew and I took on trainee placements and mentored them during their Diploma. I am currently working as a counsellor in a boarding/day school seeing students from yr 7 upward to 6th formers.
I have tutored counselling courses at level 2 and 5.
I have a Diploma in CBT(cognitive behavioural therapy) and offer this way of working if we decide this is appropriate depending on the issues arising. CBT theorists suggest the way we think has an effect on our behaviour so if we change the way we think we can change our behaviour.
Along side my counselling I also work at a local children's hospice supporting the siblings of children with limited life expectancy. Within this role I build trust with the siblings so they can speak to me about their brother or sisters illness, I offer pre- bereavement and bereavement support within the role.
- Ongoing regular CPD (Continued Professional Development)
- Dip. CBT L5
- Adv.Dip Integrative Counselling L4
- TA 101
- Safeguarding children and young people L2, PREVENT
- CEOP (child exploitation online protection) Ambassador
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
£40 per hour - concessions may be available for those on low income or students, please ask when making contact.
Assessment £20 this last for up to an hour, if you decide you would like us to work together and have sessions then I will ask for an advance payment of £40 at assessment
£20 per 30 minutes/£40 per hour for children and young people 12-18yrs
**PLEASE NOTE I WILL NOT ANSWER/RESPOND TO PRIVATE/WITHHELD TELEPHONE NUMBERS**
Day time, evening (last appointment 7pm) and weekend appointments available.