I am an experienced Person Centred Counsellor, I qualified at Warwick University, in 2007 and I am an Accredited member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (bacp). I have practiced for 15 years working with adults and young people over the age of 16 and have worked with hundreds of clients who have struggled with a wide range of complex personal problems and mental health difficulties.
During the Coronavirus ( COVID 19 ) Outbreak and the social distancing restrictions that are currently in place I am offering Online Counselling Sessions. I offer a free Introductory session, which is an opportunity to get a sense of each other and a feel for whether we could work together. We can discuss any concerns you have about getting started and I will try to answer any questions you have. Please call or email to book your first session.
How can I help?
The aim of counselling is to increase self awareness, self reliance and to resolve difficult feelings with the intention to bring about effective change to enhance well being and quality of life.
Often in life we ignore what we need to do to make us truly happy as we are busy trying to gain the approval of those close to us, often to no avail. This creates incongruence , which is experienced as anxiety. Anxiety is the way your body tries to alert you to the painful discord between your true self and the self you present to the world. The harder you try to please everyone else the more unhappy you can become. The anxiety builds and this becomes a problem in itself. My role is to help you become aware of this incongruence such that you can begin to make choices which are beneficial and are aligned to your own needs and aspirations in life, when we can do this the anxiety is resolved.
My approach is to help you to explore the self which is often hidden beneath the persona you present to the world. With courage and honesty, I will share with you what I see and hear so you can experience yourself from many different perspectives. More than holding up a mirror, i will offer up a prism to enable you to see the many different facets of your experience and feelings. I am resolved to help you become aware of any discord between what you say and what your body language and tone of voice communicate. I offer you my commitment, courage and honesty to help you to dig deeper into this discord, to uncover what is unsaid, or unacknowledged to help you discover your true inner self.
Part of developing your self awareness is to become aware of the unconscious patterns and automatic thoughts that are occurring in your everyday life. By understanding these reflex processes it is possible to make choices and changes which were previously unavailable to you.
I am highly skilled at capturing the micro processes that occur between us, moment by moment, and summarising these so you may benefit from becoming more aware of how these aspects of yourself influence your relationship with others. My secure sense of self, self-awareness, skill and experience enables me to steadfastly support you when you express a wide range of emotions including anger, frustration, resentment or fear, safely in your sessions, even when this is directed at me. I am able to ensure that you can experience this safely and to use these moments to learn more about yourself. I won’t give up or shy away when the going gets tough, I’ll hang in there with you with a commitment for you to learn all that you can about yourself and to change life limiting behaviours.
In my voluntary role at a large counselling agency in Birmingham, which I held from 2005 until 2019 , I was involved in developing the overall management processes of the Centre, coordinated In-Service Training, facilitated role play and observation in the assessment of potential Placement Counsellors, was a Student Mentor, and I was also a Team Leader for many years. I have gained addition experience working with young people over the age of sixteen, and have completed considerable training regarding Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling Skills. Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. July 2005
- Diploma in Person Centred (Rogerian) Counselling and Psychotherapy.. University of Warwick . September 2005 to July 2007
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. October 2020. The Counselling Tutor. Approved by ACTO. Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.
- Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling. The Counselling Tutor. April 2021. ACTO, Association for Counselling and Therapy Online. Level 2 Professional Membership.
- Mediation Practitioners Certificate. Uk Mediation September 2009
- Extensive training in Trauma based difficulties.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Face to Face Counselling is £50 per session.
Online Counselling £40 per session.
I am available Tuesday and Wednesday. Appointments available throughout the day.