Are you suffering from anxiety and depression, feeling sad or angry at events in your life, having difficulty in relationships at home or work or just finding it difficult to cope at the moment? If you need to talk and be really listened to, I can offer a safe, non judgmental environment in which we can explore your difficulties together.
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor offering a confidential and affordable counselling service to both individuals and couples.Counselling does not offer advice or tell you what to do but enables a time and space for you to gather your thoughts and gain a greater insight and awareness of yourself which can lead to change or acceptance of your situation.
My own personal journey into counselling as a profession, started many years ago when I began to explore how specific relaxation therapies helped people suffering from anxiety and stress related problems. I trained in holistic therapies including: massage, aromatherapy and reflexology and gained a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
I became aware, how people presenting with physical problems were storing "stresses" in different parts of their bodies as a result of emotional difficulties. It was this that led me into the study of "talking therapies".
It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client is central to effective therapy. I therefore offer an initial assessment session in order that you can have the opportunity to meet with me, ask any questions you may have and to get a feel for how it might be for us to work together. We will work in a safe, confidential and non judgmental way to assess where you are currently, what you would like to be different about your life and to agree on realistic and specific goals to help you move forward.
I work with a number of psychological therapies that are best suited to your individual needs, using a core model of Transactional Analysis, the values of which are; everyone has worth, can think for themselves and have the ability to make change.
"Asking for help doesn't mean that we are weak or incompetent, it usually indicates an advanced level of honesty and intelligence" (Anne Wilson Schaef)
Setting aside the time and money to go and talk to a skilled listener can be invaluable. With the therapist that's right for you, counselling sessions can be a way to stop, reassess your life and current difficulties and give yourself a much needed focus on a regular basis. Counselling helps people to begin to look at their lives differently and begin to effect change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have spent a number of years working within the NHS, both in primary care in GP surgeries in and around the New Forest Area, and in secondary care within the Psychology department of a local hospital.
I have also worked in the private sector, working for the Priory Hospital Group facilitating group therapy and running relaxation and guided visualisation groups.
I am currently in ongoing counselling/psychotherapy training and attend various workshops throughout the year for continued professional development. I continue to see clients for holistic therapy.
BA(Hons) Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis
Cert HE in Humanistic Counselling
Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate
Fdn Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis.
CBT/E for Eating Disorders workshop.
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
Health related issues, Chronic pain, General counselling.
Group work: anger management, confidence building & assertiveness, managing anxiety and panic symptoms. Relationships.
Session Prices: for 50 mins:
Weekend appointments available, fees on request.
Payment is by cash or cheque at the end of your session.
Cancellation: 48 hours notice is required to cancel your appointment, if this is not received the full fee will remain payable.
For Your Safety:
Member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP), and I uphold the ethical framework for good practice and work according to BACP guidelines.
Current Criminal Records Bureau Certificate held (CRB)
Location and areas covered:
I work from home in Builth and the Natural Healing Centre in Talgarth, covering all areas between Builth and Abergavenny, and all areas surrounding both locations.