I am passionate about enabling people to use the counselling process to find a way through difficulties that they may be having either from their past or current situations, so that they find themselves in a better, stronger place and able to make changes either within themselves or their situation and begin to move forward in their life from a place of unhappiness, distress or difficulty to living in a more fulfilled way.
I previously worked as a nurse, working in a variety of health care settings, more recently my work has focused on bereavement support and pastoral care. Alongside this I am a trained facilitator for parenting support and lead parenting courses including dealing with anger within the family. I have lived overseas for a period of time and have experience of cross cultural transition both when moving abroad and returning to the UK.
What I can Offer
As an integrative counsellor I combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to best fit your needs as my client. I will provide a confidential and safe space in which you can explore, with my support, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour around your personal life experiences which may be causing difficulties. I do not give advice or tell you what to do nor will I judge you for the way you think, feel and behave. The work done will be carried out at your pace with you deciding what you want to explore and when so you are always in control of what you share in therapy.
I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is vitally important for the counselling to be of help and would encourage an initial session to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you and that we can work together. Likewise, if I feel I am unable to support you with the issue you are coming with, I will do my very best to direct you appropriately.
I am a Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I also hold professional indemnity insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Integrative - CPCAB
- Bachelor of Science Degree Open University
Family Support and bereavement counsellor in a hospice
Support Group Facilitator for national Breast Cancer charity
Volunteer counsellor for a local charity organisation working with young people
Parenting support facilitator.
I ensure I both maintain and develop my knowledge / skills in relation to all aspects of counselling by attending regular workshops / seminars / training sessions and as required for CPD (Continuing Profession a Development) by the BACP.
I work with people with all sorts of problems and from all walks of life. Issues people may present include:
- Anger management
- Parenting issues
- Seeking a new direction
- family relationship difficulties / breakdown
- Grief and bereavement
- Impact of ill health (acute and chronic)
- Confidence and Self Esteem
- Feelings of distress, loneliness, lack of control
- Managing Change - work changes, relocation, life changes eg becoming a parent, empty nest, retirement.
- Coping with loss in pregnancy
- Cross cultural transition
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
Concessions offered for
Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and cost £50. We will usually meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time, if you need a more flexible approach, we can discuss this at our first session. Payment in full is required at the end of each session and can be either in cash or cheque.
I offer an initial introductory appointment at a reduced rate of £30. This 50 minute session will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and explore the issue you are seeking counselling for and how counselling may help. I will explain the way that I work as a counsellor and the confidentiality policy I adhere to. There is opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about counselling and how we would work together.I hope that by the end of the session you will be able to sense if you feel I am the right counsellor for you.
As I hold a regular time for you, and cannot fill your time with other clients I require a minimum of 24 hours' notice for cancelling a session. Full payment will be required for sessions cancelled less than 24 hours.
I offer both day time and evening sessions.
Parking is available outside my premises and I am also just a 10 minute walk from the Number 17 bus route.
I also offer home visits if you have difficulty with mobility, transport or health issues which prevent you from leaving your home. This will incur an extra charge please contact me to discuss your situation