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I have been counselling for over 25 years, in a GP practice, within the Voluntary sector and privately. Whatever is troubling you - relationship or family issues, depression, addictions, eating disorders, trauma, bereavement, etc - I can provide a warm, safe and non-judgemental environment in which you can explore the issues that are worrying you.
My aim is to help you to make sense of your inner turmoil, recognise behaviours and patterns that may be blocking you and enable you to take back control. The ultimate goal is that you can live your life to the full and embrace the future.
I do not believe in the "one size fits all" approach, as each person responds in their own unique way. Consequently, I adopt an Integrative approach and use a variety of counselling techniques as appropriate to each individual client.
There are no rules regarding contracts or numbers of sessions; some clients feel that their needs have been met after one or two sessions and some engage in long-term counselling.
As well as to face-to-face sessions, I can also provide telephone and online counselling.
In addition to counselling, I have also worked for many years delivering Communication Skills training to individuals and in companies. Please feel free to contact me if you would like coaching in assertiveness, building self-confidence, communication skills, interview techniques etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of Wales (Newport) and have been in practice since 1996.
My technique is Integrative counselling with a Person Centred approach and incorporating Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy methods when appropriate.
My experience has been gained over many years, working in the NHS Primary Care, the voluntary sector and in private practice. Client issues include addictions - drugs, alcohol, sex and helping family members of addicts - eating disorders, OCD, relationship problems, abuse, PTSD, anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, loss and issues arising from medical conditions including organ transplantation.
My client base has ranged from young adolescents to the elderly and I work with individuals and couples.
In my work in an international Management Training company, I also train individuals and groups in the private and business sectors in communication skills.
I am a Member of BACP and abide by their Code of Ethics, have appropriate supervision and insurance.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
All fees are payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer at the end of each session for face-to-face sessions and by bank transfer in advance for telephone sessions.
My charges are £50 per hour, with a reduced rate negotiable for trainee counsellors, students or those on low incomes.
Reduced rates offered to NHS key workers.
Couples counselling is £55 per hour.
Evening and weekend sessions are available in addition to normal working hours.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any queries or to book a session.
I look forward to hearing from you.