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BA MEd PGDip MBACP

About me

Counselling during COVID-19

In line with current government guidelines, I am having to suspend face-to-face sessions.  However, I will be conducting counselling via Zoom or by phone. I will resume face-to-face counselling when it is safe to do so.

If you are seeking therapy it is probably because you are unhappy with your life at the moment and you want to try and find out why that is and what you can do about it.

You may feel that you are lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem; you may have inexplicable low moods or general feelings of anxiety; you may have difficulties forming relationships; you may have experienced a bereavement or loss, either recently or in the past; you may have been the victim of sexual or emotional abuse.

Alternatively, everything in your world could be find but you just feel dissatisfied and disenchanted with life and you don't know why but would like to talk it through with someone. Someone who's prepared to understand where you are coming from and who will not judge you. Someone who will try to 'get you'.

This is the starting point of what I consider to be a unique journey which we will undertake together.

It is a journey where you will have the chance, possibly for the first time, to speak openly and honestly about what is troubling you - your thoughts, your feelings, your fears, your anxieties - as well as talking about your hopes, desires and ambitions for the future.

It is a journey where we will explore different experiences and relationships in your life and how they have informed your sense of who you are and how you see others and the world around you.

But most importantly, through this journey you will have the opportunity to see that your life is full of possibilities and that there are many different ways in which you can respond to your experiences.

It is the realisation that you have this freedom of choice that I believe to be the greatest gift of therapy.

Because through it comes change. A change which offers you the chance to be the person you would truly like to be and to live the life you would truly like to live.

As well as working in private practice, I am also a volunteer counsellor for Mind, the mental health charity and run a local OCD Support Group.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent's University, London

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session.

Concessionary rate for students and those in receipt of benefits.

When I work

9am to 8pm Monday to Friday.

9am to 4pm Saturdays

Further information

Over recent years I've become particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of Mindfulness as a means of coping with many of life's difficulties, especially in relation to anxiety and PTSD.

OCD is also a special area of work for me, as I have personal experience of this condition and understand how debilitating it can be.

Chartridge Lodge, Chartridge Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 2TU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme