At various times we can experience things in our life and relationships that can feel really difficult and overwhelming. Psychotherapy and counselling can be a supportive way to help you to find a way through. It can provide you with the opportunity to share and explore how you are feeling and talk through the problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential place with a qualified and experienced Counsellor or Psychotherapist like myself.
Together we can explore the difficulties you may be experiencing including the past and your current ways of relating and coping to gain insight and understanding. Sometimes the ways we have learnt to cope and find a solution can lead to more problems. We can then explore different and more effective ways of coping and dealing with the difficult, painful feelings and situations you may be encountering in your life and relationships. Supporting you to make the changes you feel you need to make.
I am a Accredited BACP and UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Supervisor and integrative Counsellor with many years experience. my work includes CBT and solution focused approaches. My private practice is in Biggin Hill, Westerham. I can offer short and long term Counselling and Psychotherapy depending which is better for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and an MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Social Studies. Cert in Supervision and Dip. in Applied Analytic Skills. I also have CBT and solution focused skills. I am a trainer and offer workshops and training to various organisations and services.
My experience includes Head of Counselling for a local counselling service offering longer term counselling and supervision for a bereavement service, rape and sexual abuse service and substance misuse counselling service. I also have experience of supervision, training, assessment and counselling within various agencies and organisations which includes working for The Community Mental Health Team woman's service as Psychotherapist. I am a recognised therapist for various organisations including a private health provider.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues and difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship difficulties; family, including step family problems, work place issues and stress, anger, coping with severe illness, self esteem and confidence. loss and Bereavement. Trauma and abuse and others.
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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
Choosing a Counsellor or Psychotherapist and making that first step can be very difficult especially if you are feeling anxious, upset and unhappy. I offer an initial consultation where we can meet to discuss your problems and you can find out if counselling could help you.
The cost of this first appointment is usually £45.00/50.00. Subsequent fees are between £45 and £60 per session.
I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
When I work
I offer can offer appointments Tuesdays - Thursday inclusive
I adhere to the UKCP and BACP codes of ethics of good practice.
Supervision offered. Training and workshops for organisations and agencies/services.