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Hello and welcome to my profile. I am an experienced counsellor practising in Ashford, Kent. I am an accredited registered member of the BACP, and adhere to the ethical framework code of practice. I work from my practice at home, 'Tree View Counselling', an established local counselling practice.
I strongly believe a trusting working relationship is one of the key aspects in the counselling alliance. I am able to offer you a safe, confidential, comfortable space in which to explore your personal needs. I value and respect your individual uniqueness.
People come to counselling for a wide variety of different reasons. Some people will have specific issues which may have become challenging, thought provoking and or unmanageable. Challenging personal issues/repetitive patterns of negative behaviour, can have such a negative impact on our ability to self regulate, and maintain high levels of self-care, healthy relationships, workplace stress, mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Self-awareness is key to positive change, self development and fundamental in maintaining a healthy balance and well being in life. I am aware that it can take considerable courage to make a decision to attend counselling, I am empathic and supportive, and my aim is to ensure you feel at ease from our very first point of contact.
At times people can feel stuck in their lives or generally dissatisfied with life, in need of that extra support which our family and or friends are unable to fully offer, it may also be the case that you simply feel unable / uncomfortable to talk to them, for whatever reason. Counselling is a unique personal experience, a time for you to be heard.
Counselling is a talking therapy, which gives you personal space and opportunity to talk through your problems, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with out feelings of judgement.
I aim to inform your awareness of your inner resources and abilities for self development, personal growth and empowerment in your life.
Counselling sessions usually takes place on a weekly basis, with each session lasting for 50 minutes. This will be your space and time, a time for us to focus on, and explore your personal needs, at a pace that you feel comfortable with and emotionally safe to do so.
I hope you have found my profile helpful in making your decision to make contact with me.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and experience:
I began my career as a hairstylist and later became a Salon owner before embarking on a career in the Education sector as a College Lecturer / Assessor / Internal Verifier and Examination Invigilator. I have many years of experience working with people from different cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds with varying ages from 14-93. I am police checked to work with young people, and hold a current DBS Enhanced certificate.
I am also an experienced specialist mentor, working with and supporting young people with mental health challenges, behavioural issues, and addictions. I have a particular interest and experience working with clients who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, and Chronic illness, such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue and ME and invite you to contact me to discuss to your personal needs.
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Level 4
ABC level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling
TA 101 Certificate introductory in Transactional Analysis
7407 Fento Standards Level 4 Teaching Certificate
OCR Level 4 Conducting Internal Quality Assurance
Workshops and continuous professional development:
Emotions and anatomy
Self care - Self awareness
Working with young people
Mental health awareness
Attachment, Attachment and Disorder, Trauma and recovery workshop
Mindfulness awareness workshop
Addiction in the counselling room
Using the Thinking Environment to improve communication and promote independent thinking
Understanding Anxiety - and managing it without drugs
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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
Concessions offered for
I charge £35.00 for an initial assessment of your personal needs. The initial assessment is a great opportunity to meet and ensure we feel comfortable to work together, during the initial assessment we can discuss your aims or goals you hope to gain from the counselling process. This will generally be a 45 minute session.
I charge £45.00 per 50 minute counselling session.
I am able to offer you short term counselling and long term counselling.
I believe that everyone should have access to counselling and therefore I am able to offer some counselling sessions at a negotiated reduced fee for those on a low income. (Please be aware that these places may be limited and subject to change if your financial circumstances change).
Free Parking in bays
When I work
Monday to Friday 10 am until 8pm. Saturdays 10 am until 2 pm
Home visits can be arranged, this will incur a travel cost at 50p per mile. Contact me to find out more details.