I am currently offering counselling and psychotherapy face to face and by video call. I comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.
These are the most challenging times and feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression are on the rise. With restrictions now easing, how do we get on with our lives? The pandemic has changed so much; it's changed us as individuals and it's changed the world around us. Coming out of restrictions can present a whole other set of problems. We're still facing uncertainty and a society that has changed and so going back out into the world may trigger feelings of social anxiety, low self confidence and low self esteem.
Reaching out and speaking to a counsellor can help you make more sense of how you're feeling, it can help you understand why you may be feeling a certain way and it can help you develop more compassion for yourself.
It may be that there is no-one that you can be honest with about your thoughts. You may find that issues you were coping with before the pandemic are now magnified and more painful. Perhaps your close relationships feel strained or you feel that you need to be strong for others and have no-one to talk to. You may be re-evaluating your close relationships with friends and family and thinking about making changes. 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. Perhaps you think you should be able to cope on your own, as you always have up until now. 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.
The counselling space is all about you and I would recommend trying to find a counsellor that you feel a connection with, who feels like someone you could develop a trusting relationship with. I offer a free initial chat over the phone or by video call, with no obligation, so that you can decide if you want to go ahead with therapy. Please email me to arrange this.
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 in 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 experience of counselling people who have been through trauma and abuse in childhood and I currently work as a counsellor with students.
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
From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£45 per hour. Initial free 30 minute consultation. Please speak to me at initial meeting about concessions, I have two discounted slots.
Contact me for availability