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MSc, MBACP, MBPsS

About me

Appointments are now being delivered online, by telephone, or dependent on personal circumstances, and with social distancing, in person face to face in both Stroud and Cheltenham. Please do feel free to contact me to discuss the best option for yourself.

Hi, I’m Siouxsie.

If you are reading this maybe you, or perhaps a loved one or child, are struggling to find your way.

Perhaps you can’t seem to be able to see the wood for the trees right now.

If so then looking for help can also be a bewildering experience, asking who can really help me or my child, who will be able to understand?

I bring a wealth of professional and personal experience to help you find your way. I have been working in the South West supporting individuals and families in a range of roles since 2004, and have been working therapeutically as a counsellor with individuals since 2014.

How Counselling can Help

The most important focus of my counselling practice is the quality of relationship that I bring to my work. Confidential, safe, warm, caring, without judgement, supportive and honest.

It is through the bringing together of my experience, training and this relationship that I hope to be able to be person who really can understand, and help you, your loved one, or child to find their own way.

To finally be able to see the wood for the trees.

Counselling can help with a wide range of difficulties, from anxiety, depression and self harm, to relationship or family difficulties, addictions, drink, drugs, gambling or sex, bereavement, managing anger, a history of violence or abuse, and the stresses we all encounter in our lives that can take the joy them. Counselling can help you to understand these difficulties and others, and look to making changes to bring greater contentment and joy into your life.

I also have significant experience supporting members LGBTQI+ community, including working with trans / non-binary individuals, their partners and parents. I am passionate about this work, and alongside my professional experience working in this area, I bring with me many years of my own lived experience.

I am available for short term focused work, to make the best use of time, or for long term work where needed.

I welcome contact by email or telephone without obligation if there are any questions you would like to ask.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced integrative counsellor, registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). This means that I am able to work with you in a range of ways, exploring the past and it’s impact on you today, as well as more here and now approaches to tackling your difficulties. I believe that we are each and every one of us unique individuals, as such I do not use a one size fits all approach, and can instead tailor how we work to your uniqueness and needs.

I have a Foundation Degree in Counselling from Bath Spa University, completed a separate Diploma training in Counselling Children and Adolescents at Iron Mill College, Exeter, as well as additional training to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Counselling.

I have also  completed a Master's degree in Psychology, and Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods at the University of Gloucestershire.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate, my work is fully insured and I attend regular training to maintain my professional registration with the BACP.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Additional information

I work with adults, young people and children from primary school age.

I offer appointments in Cheltenham and Stroud town centres, as well as online appointments, and I have some availability for early evening appointments.

For 50 Minute appointments I charge £45.

For Counsellors in training I am able to make a small reduction in costs, please contact me to discuss if this applies to you

When I work

Face to face, online and telephone appointments available, and new clients welcome.

Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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