Counselling during Covid-19
Please note that I am offering all Counselling and Supervision sessions remotely for the foreseeable future, until it is safe to revert to ongoing face-to-face working. If you would like to arrange a brief initial socially-distanced meeting outside to reassure you before starting Counselling or Supervision remotely, I am happy to discuss this as a possibility.
How can Counselling help?
Asking for help can sometimes be difficult. Starting Counselling can feel like a big step to take when you're struggling. I believe that finding someone you can trust and feel safe with is an important part of helping you to talk about all the things that are troubling you. For that reason the invitation is to come along for a session to meet and spend some time together talking about what has brought you into Counselling. In that time you will get a good feel for how we will work together and if that feels helpful for you.
Many people find that having an independent person to talk things through with can really help. Counselling may enable you to look at things differently and find ways to support yourself in living your life more fully. I believe that with compassionate Counselling it's possible to get back in touch with your own inner wisdom and what really matters to you.
How I work
If you choose to start Counselling with me we will work with whatever is on your mind and be guided by you - your feelings and your story. We will agree a number of sessions at the start and check in with each other regularly to make sure your needs are being met. You will never have to talk about things you don't feel ready to talk about.
I like to work creatively if it suits you, although some clients prefer not to - it's about what works best for you.
Above all I provide a safe space where you can explore your concerns fully. I can offer to be alongside you in that time as a supportive, empathic, gently challenging and compassionate companion.
I have several years of experience of working with clients and supervisees by telephone and Zoom and other online platforms.
Concerns that I work with
I have experience of working with a wide range of concerns including Relationship Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Generalised Anxiety, Health concerns, Cancer, Work Related Stress, Stress, Abuse, Bereavement, Low self-esteem, Spirituality, Passive Aggressive behaviour, Child-related issues
Where I work
I see clients in my practice room at home. There is plenty of parking and it's about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop at the main road or a 30 minute walk from Nailsea and Backwell train station. I don't have a waiting room here, so it's better to arrive as close to our agreed starting time as possible.
I have found Counselling helpful for me at various times in my life, both as a support in times of sadness and for personal and professional development. I live in a lovely community village with my 2 dogs. I'm lucky enough to be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the countryside where I live, as well as the vibrancy, diversity and massive variety of things to see and do in Bristol.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my training as an Integrative Counsellor at the City of Bristol College and went on to complete an MSc in Counselling at the University of Bristol. I am also a qualified Supervisor of Counsellors with a CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I trained as a couples therapist at Exeter University and through Interaction Training, and have also worked with couples in groups for a number of years.
My experience as a Counsellor
I have worked with a wide range of clients over the past 15 years and spent some years volunteering as a Counsellor at a local agency for those who can't afford a private Counsellor. I have seen clients for some very short term work as well as for a number of years. I believe that you as client know best what you need from this process and we will be guided by you in choosing the time to end our work together.
As well as working in private practice as a Counsellor and Supervisor of other Counsellors, I spent a number of years training Counsellors at the City of Bristol College and University of Bristol. More recently I worked as a Counsellor and Lead Psychological Therapist at a national cancer charity based locally that supports those with a cancer diagnosis and their close supporters. I also ran a local affordable counselling agency. I have a number of years of experience before training as a Counsellor in both education and the world of finance and business.
Professional body membership
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their guidelines on ethical practice. I am also a member of Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP) in Bristol, and in the past offered my time as a volunteer Treasurer and Committee member for 5 years.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness, Personal Development, Trainee Counsellor Support and Development.
My fees are £45 for individuals and £55 for couples for a session. Sessions last 50 minutes for individuals and 1 hour for couples. Fees can be paid by cash or cheque at the start of the session or by direct bank transfer during Covid-19. I offer concessions for students and others by negotiation where there a particular need for this. I review my fees annually.