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Reg. MBACP (Accred)

About me

I know from my own experiences as a client just how helpful it can be to talk through painful issues within the boundaries of a safe, confidential and non-judgmental relationship. Whatever you bring to this relationship, whether it is an issue of long standing or a particular problem of the moment, counselling can help you to make sense of what you are experiencing, bring about the changes you want, and move forward in life.

My way of working is based on the person-centred philosophy that we are all designed to carry on growing and developing throughout life, and as an integrative counsellor I draw on techniques from a variety of different therapeutic models, depending on what I feel will be most helpful to you.

I have a particular interest in the use of expressive arts within counselling. As part of our work together I may invite you to explore an issue using a combination of art materials, movement or writing. As with anything else I may suggest, you are free to say if you would rather not do this. If you would like to find out more about the person-centred art therapy skills that I use with adults, there is a link at the bottom of this page to a short article which you might find helpful.

Before training as a counsellor I taught at secondary level and in further education. As well as counselling, I work as a student mentor at the University of Sheffield. I have experience of working in a play therapy setting with children as young as six years old. In my private practice I am able to offer counselling to children from around age ten.

At the moment all my work is online or by telephone.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA

PGCE

Dip HE Counselling (Sheffield Hallam University, 2009)

Reg. MBACP (Accred)

Certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills

Certificate in Fundamentals of Couple Counselling

Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People (Temenos, Sheffield)

I have experience of working with a wide range of issues. If I feel that I am not the best person to help you, I will signpost you to someone who is more able to address your needs.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer an initial appointment of up to one hour, free of charge. After that, if you decide to continue, my fees are on a sliding scale from £30 to £50 per hour depending on your circumstances. We will discuss this at our first meeting, and I may be able to offer reduced rates if you are on low income.

When I work

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I can currently offer online and telephone appointments only.

Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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