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Ad.Dip.Couns, MBACP (Accred), UKRCP Reg

About me

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

BACP (Accred)

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

£50 per session.

Limited concessionary rates available for daytime appointments.

When I work

Daytime mon - fri Evening mon- thurs

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme