Hello, and welcome to my counselling page. There are times when life experiences can seem overwhelming. It can happen to any of us, at any time. Emotional difficulties can affect every aspect of our lives and the way in which we feel about ourselves.
Perhaps you are struggling to cope with a bereavement or loss of a loved one, or you are suffering from anxiety, depression or low self-esteem? Maybe your past experiences are affecting your life now or relationship issues or family issues are causing you distress. Seeking help takes courage but it can also be the first step towards moving towards a brighter future for you.
If you are feeling unhappy, lonely, angry or anxious and feel that you would like to talk to someone in confidence, or you are in crisis and feel you want or need support, then I can offer you a safe, confidential and friendly counselling service. I am a warm, empathic Integrative Counsellor and I run a small private practice in central Dartford.
I can provide an opportunity for you to talk confidentially with a compassionate, supportive, non- judgemental and ethical practitioner about any issues, thoughts, feelings, fears or concerns that are troubling you. You and I will work together to help you:-
* understand your thought processes and how these can impact on you emotionally
* gain a greater self-awareness
* identify areas in your life where you feel change is needed or desired
* gain insight into your own inner strength and resilience
* feel empowered to use these inner qualities to discover a way forward to a happier, more fulfilling future.
My approach is both Integrative and person-centred, which means I am able to draw upon a range of therapeutic models and tailor them to your own individual needs whilst working at your pace and with whatever you choose to bring to our sessions. I am able to offer either short-term or long-term, one-to-one counselling for adults, depending on their individual needs.
How can Counselling help?
Trying to cope with daily life can feel like a lonely place to be if you are struggling on the inside and it can lead to anxiety, depression and ill health. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to friends and family. They can often be too close to us to be able to be objective, they may feel they know what is best for us or try to coerce or direct us in some way. Sometimes embarrassment or fear of being judged can hold us back from talking to our nearest and dearest. This is where counselling can help.
Counselling can offer you time and a safe space to be open about how you are really feeling. It can provide you with an opportunity to speak to someone who will really try to understand how things are or have been for you. Counselling can teach you about better coping strategies so that repeated patterns of unhelpful or damaging behaviour can be changed. It can also help you to clarify your thought processes, gain a better understanding of yourself and your issues and help you to gain more control over your life and decisions.
Coming into counselling can be a daunting experience. I know, because I was once where you are now. I knew I needed help when I was struggling to cope with my own difficult experience. I wanted to move forward and feel happier in my life but I felt stuck. It was then that I decided to try counselling. My experience of having counselling has enabled me to have an understanding of how it feels to be a client and have an insight into the range of emotions that a client may go through. I feel I am able to empathise with how it might feel for people to make that call, book that appointment, meet the counsellor and step over the threshold of the counselling room, but I also know how good it felt to feel truly supported, to be able to work through my difficulties with a compassionate, supportive counsellor without the fear of feeling judged and how counselling enabled me to find my own way forward. I strive to create the same friendly and supportive space for you.
* Situated just off the Princes Road in Dartford. Parking Available, Dart 1 Bus route. Alternatively, The Therapy Room is a 10 minute walk from Dartford Town Centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling Skills (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists BACP Accredited).
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists BACP Accredited).
Before going into private practice, I worked within the NHS for the PCPTS (Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service). My work included working within a busy GP Practice where I was able to offer short-term therapy for clients presenting with a wide range of issues including:
- bereavement and loss
- eating disorders
- low self-esteem
- parenting issues
- relationship difficulties
- terminal illness
- and trauma.
I am a Registered Individual Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I adhere to their code of ethical practice.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Young Adult Counselling
I offer the following fees:-
* £40 individual
* Concessions are available dependent on circumstances.
* Payment is requested at the end of each session. Cash only Please.
Some people are unsure if counselling is for them and so I offer the initial session at the reduced fee of £30
During the initial session, I will outline the counselling process and you will have the opportunity to raise any concerns you might have around that or to ask me any questions. We can discuss what has brought you to seek therapy, help you to get a sense of the way we might work together and explore whether what I offer feels right for you.
If you have any enquiries or you feel that you would like to make an appointment, then please phone, e-mail or text me - whichever feels most comfortable for you.
Thankyou for taking the time to read my profile.