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MBACP (Accred) Individual and Couple Counsellor

About me

Most of us will feel the need for extra support during certain periods of our lives, and definitely, the current pandemic can trigger a lot of difficult feelings. Anxiety is at an all time high, relationship problems are exacerbated and loneliness is more acute. Perhaps this is an issue you've tried to deal with for a while but it's not getting any better or you're interested in self-development and want to accelerate that process.

I am available for face to face as well as telephone and video calls. Message me to arrange an initial appointment, I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

It's very understandable that for most people, speaking about things that were buried for a while it's a daunting prospect. I am there to make the process as comfortable as possible, going at a pace and in a manner that feels appropriate. Often clients don't know why they feel anxious or sad, and that's ok. I am there to support every client explore what is going on for them and get more clarity.

As an integrative practitioner qualified in 2007, the focus of my work is on building a relationship and creating an individual therapy plan tailored to your needs. . Visual aids and creative expression often enhance the therapeutic process, so in the session there will be opportunities to draw, make stone sculptures, use mood cards etc. We can also talk about dreams, use metaphors and create genograms, to name just a few possibilities. Whether you suffer from panic attacks, difficulty with relationships or were the victim of abuse, the answer is always a combination of kindness and professional skills, and that is what I offer.

I have extensive experience working with both children and adults, as well as couples, affected by a wide variety of difficulties. Here are some of the issues I've encountered most frequently:

  • anxiety
  • anger
  • relationship difficulties (romantic, family, friendships)
  • hopelessness
  • loneliness and isolation
  • family breakdown
  • sexuality and sexual difficulties
  • confidence
  • bereavement and loss
  • domestic violence
  • work related stress

Qualifications: Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Canterbury College

                      Relate trained couple counsellor

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and generally take place once a week.

Face to face sessions are £50 for individual sessions and £60 for couples.


Telephone and video call sessions are also available. 

Send me a message with your query and/or to arrange an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

When I work

Daytime, some evenings and Saturday morning

Further information

The face to face sessions take place in comfortable, safe rooms in a designated building. Once you get to first floor of the St. Barnabas House, you will be welcomed by one of the staff and I would be informed of your arrival. All counselling sessions are scheduled in advance.

Parking is available within a 5 minute walk. The train station is less that 10 minutes walk away.

St. Barnabas House, Duncan Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4LA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
VSee
Whatsapp