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BA (Hons); MBACP Accred; BACP Registered & Supervisor

About me

My aim is to assist you in getting to where you want to be in your life by offering you a professional, confidential environment.  Counselling is different because I am not related to you in anyway, you can say it as it is and I will not judge you and you do not have to worry about upsetting me like with friends and family.  This is your life and our work is getting you to a place that feels right for you.  We may focus on the past, present or future, or all three.

You may be wondering if your particular concern or issue is something that we can work with.  I am happy to answer your questions if you would like to contact me personally, and to potentially answer your question now, I have listed below some, but not all of the more areas/issues I regularly work:

  • Anxiety (you may or not know why)
  • Depression or feeling low
  • You may want to make sense of how you are feeling and find a better way or living eg Is your past impacting your future?  Do the same patterns seem to happen?
  • You may want to talk through a decision or change you need or want.    
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Covid-19 has brought to the surface some difficult feelings and situations for some people
  • Loss and grief
  • Abuse - Domestic, emotional, physical, sexual as an adult or child
  • Trust issues
  • Your past maybe having an impact on how you see the world now.
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Experiencing difficulties with work
  • You want to talk to someone who isn’t involved like family and friends
  • Feeling and/or being angry with yourself or others
  • You may want to come to terms with a traumatic event or time in your life
  • Relationship issues (partner, children, family, friends, colleagues)
  • Feeling that life is too much, perhaps you feel you are in a hole/tunnel you cannot get out of
  • That something always seems to happen and you feel you never achieve what you want
  • That you can no longer carry around something from the past
  • That you are struggling with loss or illness
  • You maybe feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what you want
  • You want to talk with someone who isn’t going to judge you

If you are unsure if counselling is for you, please feel free to contact me.  You can find out more about counselling and me from my website (see link at top of the page)

I am a fully qualified counsellor, BACP Registered and an Accredited Counsellor *.  I am also a qualified Supervisor for other Counsellors.  I am also DBS Registered.

*('This means that the therapist has achieved a substantial level of training and experience that has been approved by BACP'. www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk)

I am currently counselling in person, or if you would prefer not to visit my office, we can arrange appointments via Zoom, Skype, Whatsapp or telephone.

I receive referrals (for adults and children) from individuals, companies and organisations, insurance companies (including Aviva and Bupa), Children's Services, Schools and Employee Assistance Program's (EAP).

For further information of fees please see below.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training

Listed below are some of the qualifications and training that I have attended, it is not a full list and I strongly believe in continual learning.

  • BA (hons) Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis (BACP Accredited course)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Counselling Concepts
  • Advanced Safeguarding Children
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • Certificate in Working with Children
  • Creative Play
  • Self Harm and Eating Disorders
  • Telephone Helpline Association training course
  • Adolescent Attachment Theory
  • Trauma in Childhood
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • Rewind - PTSD
  • Generalised Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Anger Management

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • WPA

Additional information

I undertake work through private medical insurance, Aviva, Bupa etc, Employee Assistance Program's (EAP) if you are eligible.  I also work with schools, Childrens Service's and individual companies.

Card Payments Accepted

Adult Counselling £50 per session (50 minutes) appointment arrival times 9am - 6.10pm.

Child Counselling: £60 (30 -50 minutes) To be booked and paid for in advance in blocks of 6 sessions.  This is to aid continuity, which is important in establishing a good trusting environment for your child to feel safe enough to express themselves.

Parent Assessment (first visit) and reviews £50.

I have experience of counselling those training to be counsellors.

Counselling generally takes place of a weekly basis although I am happy to talk to you about this if this would be difficult for you.



When I work

Appointments Monday to Friday.  Closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

Further information

Free private, off road parking at the premises

Talbot Green Business Park, Heol Y Twyn, Talbot Green, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF72 9FG

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Disabled toilet. Lift

Additional languages

No

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online

I am a qualified Supervisor working with individuals and groups (up to 4 people) from my office on the outskirts of Talbot Green with private parking.

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