During lockdown I am offering counselling and psychotherapy online, I was offering face to face sessions in tier 3 and will resume them as soon as restrictions allow.
These are the most challenging times and feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression are on the rise. With such huge restrictions on our day to day lives it can be difficult to escape from our own thoughts and you may find that issues you were coping with before the pandemic are now magnified and more painful. Reaching out and speaking to a counsellor can help you to interrupt a downwards spiral and make more sense of how you're feeling.
It may be that there is no-one that you can be honest with about your thoughts. Perhaps your close relationships feel strained or you feel that you need to be strong for others and have no-one to talk to. Issues such as bereavement, redundancy, financial worries and loneliness are affecting many. For keyworkers on the frontline the stresses of the job, coupled with responsibilities at home can be overwhelming.
I know that asking for help can be one of the most difficult things to do. We may blame ourselves for our situation, and often feelings of guilt and shame can make reaching out even harder. However, finding the courage to take that first step to talk through and explore what’s going on for you, at your pace, can be the beginning of gaining the clarity and control you need in your life.
Starting counselling can be the beginning of a better way of coping and it’s important to find a counsellor who is right for you. You are welcome to contact me via phone for a free 20 minute chat or by email to learn more about me and how I may be able to support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling
I have always enjoyed working with people from all walks of life and my experience has been gained over many years. Beginning my career in the ambulance service, I worked there for 8 years, 5 of those as a paramedic. Working so closely to the NHS gave me an insight into how it operates and what workers encounter day-to-day. Answering emergency calls and supporting people in acute distress, I became adept at responding to people’s emotional pain in different situations and my calm and empathetic approach was a good fit.
The job opened my eyes to the prevalence of more chronic mental distress in society and I wanted to work more closely with people, longer term, giving them more targeted support.
That lead me to pursue a career in the social care sector, where I have experience with varied client groups including people with severe disabilities and their families, people with HIV and hepatitis C, people from LGBTQ+ backgrounds and people who use substances. I have also worked as a counsellor with students and with people who have been abused in childhood.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per hour