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MA Therapeutic Counselling, Dip Clin Supervision

About me

Life can be challenging at times and although you may usually find ways to cope, sometimes difficult or traumatic experiences can leave you feeling overwhelmed, sad, hurt, anxious, depressed, confused and alone. You might feel stuck and unable to get past these feelings. Talking about your problems to someone who can offer warmth, empathy and understanding can help you to see things differently, make sense of your experiences and find a way to manage your feelings so that you can move forward in your life.

I am an accredited member of the BACP,  having worked for over 12 years in the NHS and in private practice, with adults and young people who are troubled by difficult emotions associated with bereavement, loss, trauma, relationship problems, social anxiety or other issues such as low self-esteem and self-worth. When these feelings are not resolved, they can impact on your personal relationships, lead to problems with health, your capacity to work and they may interfere with everyday living. I can offer you a safe space to talk confidentially,  where you can feel heard and accepted to explore your feelings without judgement and support you to find some peace of mind in what you are experiencing.

My background as a trained nurse and as a counselling trainer and supervisor informs my counselling approach and practice, which is to work holistically with clients, as I see emotional and physical health as being essentially entwined. The counselling relationship can be a place for you to build your resilience and your sense of self-worth. I offer both short and long term counselling and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework to ensure that your best interests are at the heart of all that we do together. I can’t promise to solve your problems, but I can help you to see them from a different perspective and feel relief from your troubling issues, by finding your own ways to work through, accept and live with what is causing you your current distress.

Training, qualifications & experience

State Registered Nurse 1981

BSc Psychology (Hons) 1984

PGCE 1999

MA in Education 2002

Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2010

MA in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling 2011

Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2019

Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships 2019

I have worked within the NHS for over 11 years where I offer IAPT Counselling for Depression.  I work in private practice with adults and young people who experience bereavement, loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship and health problems. I welcome clients from any and all backgrounds and offer an inclusive service to meet the needs of anyone seeking emotional support.

Having taught in Colleges of Further Education for 29 years, I continue to support students of counselling in training with their own personal development.

My nursing experience included working with patients and their families in intensive care and in an oncology unit, where I cared for patients with terminal illnesses. I also worked as a Nurse Practitioner delivering primary health care with General Practitioners for patients with physical and mental health needs.

The wide range of professional experiences, knowledge and skills which I have acquired enhances my ability to work with clients' diverse needs and to relate to the issues that they bring. I have regular supervision to support my work and use this, along with continuing training, to maintain and develop my counselling practice.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual face to face counselling: £50 per session.

Online and telephone counselling: £50 per session

Couples and Relationship Therapy : £70 per session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Some availability on weekday mornings, afternoons and Saturdays.

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Ground floor counselling room

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I welcome qualified counsellors and students in training who work with Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches.

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