Welcome... As a counsellor my role is to encourage and actively support mental wellness and if you are feeling anxious, sad or depressed, but are not sure why, then we can explore together why that might be and help you change how you feel for the better. It is normal to need to talk about how you feel, so there is no need to feel alone in this.
Much of my work is with people who suffer from anxiety, depression. I also specialise in addictions, childhood trauma and people going through life transitions. My client age range is varied and I understand life can be difficult at any stage of life.
I use a range of skills and techniques to help and empower you to carry on managing your life challenges long after our work is done together.
I always offer a reduced rate initial session to allow us both to gauge how we feel about working together.
I will be honest with you... being in counselling may not always be easy, but in my experience it can be extremely beneficial and life enhancing.
I am down to earth with a sense of fun. I feel laughter and that tears are part of life. I am genuine and believe in the value of kindness. My experience enables me to deal with difficult issues, so if things get tough I will take great care to ensure you feel fully supported and secure throughout our work together. You are in safe hands.
How I Work
I am a person centred humanistic therapist... all this means is I will do everything to ensure you feel fully understood, accepted and not judged. I will offer you a safe and secure place to explore what is going on for you - helping you to recorgnise your own potential and further your personal growth.
I hold the boundaries around our work at all times so you feel safe enough to deal with issues that come up and resolve them.
I use a range of techniques and theoretical approaches to offer you the best possible chance of finding a way through your difficulties. It is called Integrative Counselling.
You are the focus at all times, although we enter into a partnership with you in the driving seat. I will sit with you and guide, not advise, not tell you how to live or what to do. I will offer you the benefit of my experience and knowledge to enable you to work things out and move on.
My woring background
Currently I have my own private counselling practice, but prior to that I worked at the SWAN Project as an addictions and general counsellor. I am also a career coach and ex social worker.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an MBACP counselling Practitioner & CAPPP Memeber (Counsellors & Psychotherapists in private practice). I am also a Careers Coach & MBTI Personality Profiling Specialist.
My other qualifications and training which are listed below, may at differing points be helpful to you. As our work unfolds we can start to find out which type of approach will help you the most.
- Diploma in Integrative Humanistic & Psychodynamic Counselling
- Qualified Career and life Coach (including Myers and Briggs personality Type indicator profiling MBTI)
- Reiki level 2 Practitioner
- Mindfulness Certificate and a member TM community (Transcendental meditation)
- Qualified Orthopaedic Nurse
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Initial session £25 (45mins)
I charge £50 per session (1hr)
£45 for a skype session
I work weekends by arrangement but most of my work will take place during the day time period
Proof of low income will allow me to offer concessions (discussed at initial consultation)
Professional Code of conduct
As an individual member of the BACP I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure (www.bacp.co.uk). I am held accountable for all I do. You are in safe hands.