I am offering sessions face to face, by telephone, Whats App, Skype or Zoom calls. Thank you very much for your patience during this time. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. The initial assessment is free.
Looking for a way forward? Need some time to talk? I offer counselling on an individual basis only to people of all ages, from young children, teenagers, adults and older adults.
I have over 14 years' experience of counselling:-
school children, support staff and teachers in both primary and secondary schools
students training to be counsellors
and children and adults in my private practice.
I have also worked at Bexley Life Skills Centre (BCU) and The Ellenor Lions Hospice as a volunteer counsellor.
My work with individual clients varies from short to long term counselling and although I offer counselling across a broad spectrum, I have extensive experience working with:
- child related issues
- disability issues
- eating disorders
- generalised anxiety disorder
- personal development
- self esteem
- self harm
- suicidal thoughts
I offer flexibility where needed in order to help with your life/work balance.
My practice is based upon an integrative approach, whereby I blend therapeutic techniques such as CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy), Gestalt, Humanistic, Mindfulness, Person Centred and Psychodynamic, according to the specific needs of each client. My aim is to encourage clients to explore their feelings, life and problems, in the hope that they will, become easier to understand.
WHAT IS COUNSELLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Counselling offers you a place to explore difficulties you are having in your personal life with someone who is trained neither to judge you nor to advise you, but to explore and unlock your feelings, which may have been hidden for years. Past and present relationships will be talked about as well as your relationship with the counsellor. It may well be upsetting, but it will help you to understand more about yourself. From this you may begin to feel less confused, or to make changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can't be changed.
WHY SEEK COUNSELLING?
There are many reasons for seeking counselling. You may be feeling upset and distressed and have problems with your feelings, behaviour, thoughts and relationships. You may keep getting stuck in patterns or relationships that don't work, you may feel you lack direction or that life makes no sense. One of the main aims of counselling is to guide from us from feeling trapped and to give us a feeling of some control over our lives.
WHERE COUNSELLING TAKES PLACE
Counselling takes place in a private, non-judgmental setting so that you can feel free to share your concerns in confidence. In the initial session, you will be able to clarify the areas that you want to cover together.
HOW LONG WILL COUNSELLING TAKE
As a guide, it is normal to work together for between eight and twelve sessions. If you decide to continue beyond this, we can discuss this at any time during the consultation. Each session, normal at intervals of one week, is of 50 minutes at a regular time, although changes can always be made to suit your changing needs.
WHO AM I?
I am a qualified Counselling Psychotherapist who is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I hold an Enhanced Disclosure (DBS). I adhere to the code of ethics and practice set out by the BACP, providing confidentiality in a warm, accepting, therapeutic relationship.
A confidential counselling service is offered to all, irrespective of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, class, HIV status, or because you may have been in contact with mental health services. I offer a service that is accepting clients as they are and offering non-judgmental, professional attention, care and support.
TO CONTACT ME
If you would like to make an appointment to see me please:
Ring me on 07961 145659 (answerphone available) or
Text me on 07961 145659 and I will return your call/text within 12 hours
If you leave a message, please include your full name and a mobile telephone number as well as the times and days that you are available to do sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Level 4 Diploma in Counselling 2006
BACP Accredited Counsellor 2009
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.
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
- Life skills
- Life coaching
- Stress relating to work
- Stress relating to school work or anxious about exams
My services also cover personal therapy to trainee counsellors as part of the requirement towards their professional qualification.
The premises I work from provide:
- Off street parking
- Disabled access
Within walking distance from Sidcup Station and on a bus route
Areas my practice covers:
Bexley, Bromley, Catford, Chislehurst, Crayford, Dartford, Eltham, Footscray, Forest Hill, Greenwich, Hayes, Lee, Mottingham, New Eltham, Orpington, Petts Wood, Shortlands, Sidcup.
Concessions offered for
£30 - Children (under the age of 18) - 50 Minute Session
£30 - Trainees - 50 Minute Session (Diploma/Degree/Masters Level counselling students completing compulsory hours)
£35 - Counselling for adults - 50 Minute Session
Payments are made via bank transfer or in cash, including the initial assessment session.
If you wish to do further sessions, there is also a retainer fee of one session in advance, which is non-refundable and pays for your arranged ending session.
This is also paid at the time of the initial assessment session and secures your regular timeslot.
Appointments offered are 8am til 9pm weekdays. If you wish to have an appointment outside of these days and times specified please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you
I offer off-street parking within a few steps from the entrance.
I am on a bus route and not far from Sidcup Railway Station (within walking distance).