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Trying to find a counsellor can feel overwhelming and with this in mind I thought it might be helpful for me to explain how I work. From this I hope you can get a sense of how we could work together.
I am a trained and qualified Transactional Analysis psychotherapeutic counsellor. One of the main reasons I chose this modality was because it allows me to help clients to explore, reflect and understand their thoughts, feeling and behaviours, holding equal light to past experiences and the here and now. I personally think this is really important as it means you can heal some of your past wounds and look to carve out a here and now experience that you want.
Some of the issues I have worked with include;
- Breaking down addictions - With addiction I tend to explore what is driving the person to the addiction and work towards a sense of recovery and stability.
- Acknowledging multi-culturalism - As someone who has Indian parents and was brought up in the UK, I feel I have an understanding of some of the issues faced by both 1st and 2nd generation immigrants. I have worked with many people from various ethnic backgrounds and have explored the potential pressures of living within multiple cultures.
- Transitional work -This work often takes place after a life change, such as a bereavement, change in relationship or work. I help clients to explore where they are currently, focusing on the person they want to be as opposed to the person they think they should be.
- Understanding mental health conditions - I have worked for over 10 years within various mental health settings, I have experience of working with people with mental health diagnoses, part of that work has been to help people make sense of their diagnosis and to build an identity that is not a label.
- Shedding light on abuse - Working with clients who have experienced various types of abuse, this work requires patience and space and I work to the client’s pace.
- Working through relationship issues - Often I find clients who are experiencing relationship issues, can be in conflict with themselves. I therefore pay attention to the client’s relationship with themselves and others to promote healthier ways of communicating.
- Improving self-esteem - Through this work we can explore what improved self-esteem means to you and what steps we can take to get you to where you would like to be.
I offer both short and long term work; the length of our work can be discussed and reviewed as and when needed. I practice from a private and comfortable room, in my home in Harpenden. I live 5 minutes from the train station and parking is available in a private parking bay.
Training, qualifications & experience
For the last ten years I have worked within the charity sector, mainly working in homelessness, the addiction field, and in mental health settings. In all my previous roles I provided person-centred recovery support. After working in the mental health field I decided to specialise and hone my skills, I therefore trained to become a counsellor.
Diploma in Transaction Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling
TA 101 An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Introduction into Counselling Certificate
CBT for Addiction
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Throughout the last 10 years I have attended various and comprehensive continual professional development (CPD), including understanding self-harm, working with gambling addiction, working with ‘legal highs’, suicide prevention, compassion focused therapy, critical incident debriefing, exploring dreams, CBT for eating disorders and Motivational Interviewing.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
I am a registered member of University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Each session is 50 minutes long and I charge between £45-60, this can be paid weekly or monthly.
I offer a 20 minute free phone call prior to our initial session, in this phone call we can discuss what has brought you to therapy and how we can work together.
I currently have availability on Monday morning and afternoon and Thursday afternoon. I also offer evening slots on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Concessions offered for
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to professional standards. I attend regular clinical supervision and hold enhanced DBS check and professional indemnity insurance.
Under the terms of the law relating to GDPR I am required to register with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), my reference number with them is ZA557992. During our first session, we can discuss the permission I require to keep your details both on-line and on paper. Normally, this will be confined to your contact details, brief notes of our work and any digital communication with you. At any point you may request to see any, or ask me to destroy any, data relating to you.