I am a counsellor with over 16 years’ experience, working with victims of domestic violence and abuse, bereavement, parents who have suffered a neo natal death, stillbirth, termination of pregnancy and IVF, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, marital and relationship problems, childhood abuse and trauma.
I have worked as an NHS counsellor for over 5 years offering time-limited counselling for a wide range of problems. I also offer counselling for couples. As a counsellor I am down to earth and engaging and often make use of humour to challenge any unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thinking.
I understand how it feels to have had the cards stacked against you throughout your life; how it feels to have a whole set of unhealthy coping mechanisms that need to be firmly challenged before they can change; how it can feel that what people see on the outside is not who you feel yourself to be on the inside.
My aim as a counsellor is to help you to be ‘who’ you are rather than ‘how’ you are. ‘How’ you are can be challenged and changed; ‘who’ you are is the real you, your sense of humour, your intelligence, your interests, etc.
I believe that it is not enough for counselling to work on changing your thought patterns, but that it must also help you to find out why you have them in the first place. Counselling is not about providing you with the answers, it’s about helping you to ask the right questions, to challenge self-imposed obligations, and turn negatives into positives. Counselling is not about helping you to eliminate your emotions, it’s about helping you to manage them. Showing emotion in the right way at the right time is a sign of strength and not, as is often assumed, a sign of weakness.
Training, qualifications & experience
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 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session.
Limited concessionary rates available for daytime appointments.
Daytime mon - fri Evening mon- thurs