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MBACP Registered Counsellor
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st September 2022

About me

I believe counselling is a collaborative process and that my role as your counsellor is to support and work with and alongside you as you begin to speak about, unravel and come to terms with the different aspects of your life. Counselling can help you in managing your current situation and look at new ways of coping, but I also believe it can help by giving you insight, a fresh perspective, deeper understanding and increasing self-acceptance on your past life experiences.

There are many reasons you might have for coming for counselling; whatever yours are, I hope to offer you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgemental, safe and supportive setting. I've had counselling myself at difficult times in my life and so appreciate its value, as well as the importance of finding the right counsellor for you.

My approach is integrative - this means I work within a variety of therapeutic approaches, allowing me to draw on the elements that I feel will work best for you, and then work alongside you so that you get the most out of our time together. I also offer sandplay therapy - sandplay is a non-verbal way of working using a sandbox with toy figures and symbols to create scenes of miniature worlds that may reflect and give a visual representation to some of your inner thoughts, struggles, and concerns.

I have experience of working with adults facing a number of difficulties and concerns, and offer both short or long-term counselling.

I offer a FREE 30-minute face-to-face meeting either in my counselling room at 21, St Cuthbert's Street in the centre of Bedford, via phone or a Zoom call. This is to see how it might feel for us to work together, for you to ask any questions you may have, and to explore your hopes for therapy. Please contact me if you would like to arrange this.

* I've now returned to face-to-face sessions in my therapy room, including sandplay therapy. Zoom and phone sessions are also available. If you would like to find out more about the adjustments I've put in place to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, please ask. *

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
  • Certificate in Integrative Sandplay
  • Level 5 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (ABC)
  • Certificates in Counselling Skills and Counselling Concepts (ABC)
  • Level 2 Understanding Substance Misuse (CPCAB)
  • Introduction to Counselling Young People
  • BA Hons: Fine Art

Member organisations

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

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

I offer an free 30-minute no obligation meeting

I feel that it's really important for you to feel comfortable with me as your choice of counsellor. With this in mind I offer an initial 30-minute face-to-face meeting to see how it might feel for us to work together, for you to come to my therapy room and ask any questions you may have, and to explore your hopes for therapy.

Ongoing counselling costs £50 per session, each session is 50 minutes long

  • I offer both short and long-term counselling
  • Concessions are available (including a reduced £40 rate for student counsellors)
  • Payment can be made by bank transfer,  via PayPal or in cash

I have a private practice at The Therapy Room, 21 St Cuthbert's Street, in the centre of Bedford where I work from on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays (including some evenings) and Saturday mornings.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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My client list is full at present and I'm unable to take on new clients until September 2022.

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom