I believe everyone holds the answers to their own issues and relationships but sometimes need help and guidance in finding these answers. Talking to a trained therapist without any agenda other than trying to aid their client to find their way forward, enables the client to thoroughly explore their feelings, thoughts and emotions in a safe, contained and non judgemental way. I work with the person as a whole, not just the problem.
I come from a Person Centred background, however, I use my training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in my work where I feel it may be required and helpful for my client's process and progress. I offer long term and short term work if that is what your needs require. We will agree that between us as the relationship is a joint collaborative one where counsellor and client work together towards the client's ultimate goal.
I offer evening sessions for convenience as well as usual working hours. I do not work Saturdays.
I work with individuals and couples who may be experiencing difficulties in their relationships, themselves or whatever form they are.
I have worked extensively with children and adolescents and will often use art tools to aid the work. I will also use other methods such as art to aid all my clients - not just children.
CBT works particularly well for issues such as anxiety, OCD, depression, phobias and avoidance.
I originally trained as a counsellor after suffering a trauma in my life and I received counselling and came to understand how powerful and helpful it was. I decided as a result, to change career and leave working with children in an educational setting to concentrate on my training.
I now find that I am in a fantastic position of being able to work with children as well as adults using different techniques and strategies that are suitable for each person and situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB COUNSELLING SKILLS CERTIFICATE
CPCAB COUNSELLING THEORY and STUDIES CERTIFICATE
CPCAB ADVANCED DIPLOMA THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING
CPCAB LEVEL 5 COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY CERTIFICATE (Diploma equivilent)
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT TRAINING
COUPLES COUNSELLING CERTIFICATE
I have been a school counsellor working with ages 4 - 18 for many years, I am a Supervisor for a Charitable Counselling Agency in Hitchin. I have also worked as a counsellor for a Charitable Organisation in Bedford for people aged 13 -25. I have my private practice based in Lower Stondon working with both adults and children.
I am Enhanced DBS checked.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance
I am co-founder of OPALS running training workshops for counsellors, parents and teachers about working and coping with children and adolescents.
I offer clinical supervision to trainee and qualified Counsellors as well as other professionals.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Adolescent issues such as peer pressure, parental difficulties, risky behaviour, promiscuity, attachment issues and self image, anger, self harm and confidence issues.
Parents struggling to understand their children and how to cope with those tricky adolescent years.
Parents coming to terms with 'empty nest syndrome'.
Children/Adolescents - from £50.00 per 50 minute session
Adults - from £50.00 per 50 minute session
Couples - from £60.00 per 1 hour session
EAP - from £60 per 50 minute session
Supervision. 1 hour £50.00
I have attended workshops on self harm, trauma, surviving childhood sexual abuse. media arts, sand tray, Aspergers, anger, groupwork, bereavement, long term counselling, brief therapy, systemic work, dissociation.
As a trainer, I offer training workshops on; self harm, sand work, bereavement, working with children and adolescents as well as anger anxiety and social media.