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About me

When you are experiencing difficult emotions such as anxiety and panic, grief,  sadness and depression, or suffering low self-esteem or stress, it can feel like a muddle with no way out. I may be able to help and support you on your journey to better understand your feelings and a greater sense of wellbeing. Counselling gives you the time and space to be listened to in such a way that it feels safe to explore, and gain understanding about, your feelings and help you to find meaning, equilibrium and resilience.

My training was Integrative and encompassed different theories and approaches to counselling including CBT and psychodynamic ways of working, however at the heart of my practice I have a Humanistic Person-Centred approach and feel passionately about putting the clients' felt experience at the heart of the therapeutic process, working with whatever you bring to allow you to make meaning from your thoughts, feelings and experiences. I have a personal interest in spirituality and in nature and eco-therapeutic approaches which offer great benefits for both physical and emotional health. My practice is in beautiful natural surroundings and I can offer 'walk and talk' therapy sessions in the Quantock Hills. I use creative interventions such as representational and art materials if clients would like to work in this way. I am experienced in using guided visualisation and self-hypnosis techniques and have recently qualified as a hypnotherapist. I work online through Zoom or on the telephone in addition to face-to-face sessions in a comfortable private counselling room at my home, and walk and talk sessions.

I have over 10 years counselling experience with adults and young people having worked in agencies, private practice and as a secondary school counsellor. I have supported many clients with neurodiversity and learning disability, self harm, gender and transgender issues and sexuality, alongside the full range of human experience. I'm experienced in Mindfulness and an experienced meditator. 

I offer individual counselling and couples work.

I am an experienced and Integratively trained clinical supervisor.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I am an Accredited and Registered member of the BACP, an experienced counsellor of children, young people and adults. I have a Diploma in Supervision and am an experienced clinical supervisor.

I have spent several years in secondary schools working therapeutically with adolescents from 11-18, including those with Autism and other special needs. I also have a private supervision and counselling practice. I previously had a career both as a teacher and a nursery nurse and can provide play and art therapy as part of my practice.

I update and extend my training regularly in more specialised areas for example addiction, bereavement, abuse, ASD, self injury and eating disorders. I also provide training in emotional wellbeing, Mindfulness and Peer Support to young people.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Particularly experienced with adolescents and young people.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer an initial telephone or Zoom consultation and if you feel that you would like to work with me I would recommend weekly 50 minute sessions, however this can be flexible to meet your needs.

Fees for 50 minute sessions:
1-1 counselling £50
Couples/family counselling £70

Supervision £60 per hour

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When I work

Available for daytime or evening appointments

Further information

I am happy to travel within a 10 mile radius of my postcode for home visits under special circumstances

Initial enquiries are preferable by email or text and I will get back to you as soon as I can

West Quantoxhead, Somerset, TA4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Home visits are possible for physically disabled clients

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I am a qualified supervisor and accredited counsellor with many years experience within Education supervising school counsellors, and in private practice with therapists working in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients.

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