During this difficult time, I am working from home. If you have any needs, then please get in touch. Due to the social distancing requirements, I am providing counselling remotely using Skype or Zoom. Please contact me to arrange an appointment.
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and use Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Gestalt techniques depending on the individual needs of my clients. As a counsellor and independent practitioner, I am bound by Ethical Framework Conduct Procedures. In addition to working with adults, I work with children and adolescents.
Counselling is about talking but is also about changes. I will work with you to explore the problems and help you to find your own path. I am warm and honest, and I really hope I am the person that you are looking for to support you with your journey.
Life is very much an up-and-down hill journey with bumpy rides that we don't foresee. Clients that I work with often feel that life is getting on top of them - they are not living the life they want. I am here to provide a safe, confidential and creative environment in which we work together to open the door to a new beginning.
What do I do?
- I will arrange a free session so we can get to know each other and for both to feel that we can work together and safely.
- At our first initial session, I will explain how I work with my clients, time, sessions, boundaries, Limitations, BACP guidelines, cancellations, and provide time for you to ask any questions.
- I will be honest and let you know if I can help you or I might be able to offer referrals and give you further information to help you get the correct support.
People think counselling is about helping clients to change their lives. It is. But, the counsellor doesn’t tell you what to do; we support you in making decisions about your future. Counselling is about listening, caring, showing empathy, understanding and guiding clients towards finding their own path.
I hope I am the person who can help you and be there for you when you are finding things difficult. I hope to hear from you, otherwise I wish you all the best with your future and journey.
Why did I become a counsellor?
I used to listen to people talking about their problems, and I instinctively felt I could help them. I trained as a counsellor and discovered I had the gift of empathy; that I was able to clearly understand how people feel when their lives are in turmoil. Often people need someone to listen and be there for them, but in my experience, through my own personal counselling as part of my training, it is someone who will be honest, supportive and able to offer direction and focus.
I knew I had found the right path for me.
Through my training, I have learnt how to ensure a client feels comfortable and relaxed enough to be able to share their worries and concerns; to be able to speak, sometimes for the first time, about the traumas they have suffered. Clients can feel able to scream or shout, to cry or get angry, I will be there beside you, completely focused on you, just listening and guiding you through the tunnel towards the light.
Part of the process of counselling that I use is to identify patterns of unhelpful or negative thoughts, behaviour or feelings that are often associated with the problems people face. We then work together to overcome the problems and to replace the negative thinking or behaviour with helpful and more positive responses.
I am not here to tell you what to do. I am here to listen and help to enhance your life and help you live it more fully if you choose to do so.
I trained with Dorset Rape Crisis and carried out some work with their clients. Also, I am part of DCFCT (The Dorset Child and Family Counseling Trust). Recently I was working with the NHS supporting their clients.
Very helpful, got me back to a positive mental state. The counsellor understood my difficulties. Also, the counsellor treated me with respect and understanding. I would recommend this counsellor to others who are experiencing difficulties.
Sole is such a warm and welcoming person; she put me at my ease immediately. She helped me to see that I could forgive people and let go of the things that had been dragging me down. Thank you so much. I wish I had taken this step earlier.
Sole was able to help me, and I felt that I could open up to her due to her caring and understanding nature. Anon
Training, qualifications & experience
My professional qualifications are as follows:
- Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPACB)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Life Coaching
- Level 5 CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
- Domestic Violence 1 & 2
- Tools for Counsellors
- NVQ Level 3 – Caring
- Safeguarding Course for Young People
- Post Qualified Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (Iron Mill College)
- Dorset Rape Crisis Course
- Completed Training in Mindfulness
- Working with Family System
- Can Therapy Help Clients Who Want To Make "Better Relationship Choices?
- Working for Relate
- Metanoia ( Further training with Depression).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
At present I am working with clients using Humanistic and Congnitive Behaviour Therapy. Sometimes it is about the past but using CBT can help the client deal with their thoughts as behaviours can be due negative automatic thoughts from early experiences. I use Life Coaching with my clients to be able to develop strategies on how to move forward with difficulties. These three combinations of Therapy have helped me to see clients moving on in a positive way.
Sessions are in English but can also be in Spanish, if required.
Sexuality including Transgender.
Concessions offered for
Sessions are normally on weekly or fortnightly basis depending on the nature of the situation and charges are as follows:
- £45 for 50-minutes session.
- £65 for 1.5 hour
- £60 for a 50 minutes with couples.
- £35 for Children and young people + travelling expenses, 50 minute session.
- Please be aware that I can only give you the remaining session time if you arrive late due to other client appointments I may have.
- Notified cancellations (24+ hours) before the appointment or known holidays will not be chargeable.
- Missed appointments will need to be paid for however, I will endeavour to accommodate reasonable requests for a change.
Please contact me if you would like more information or to arrange a free consultation and discuss your requirements and whether you would be happy to work with me. The consultation lasts 30 minutes.
Evenings, Zoom, Skype or Telephone Calls.
I have been counselling people with Social and Domestic Violence issues Bereavement, Self-Esteem issues, Relationship issues, Transgender, Working with children and adolescents. All of these have given me a wide variety of exposure to working with people in a community setting and assessing their needs by either helping them directly using my counselling skills or referring them to specific outlets of expertise. Recently I was working with the NHS in Surrey.
This role involves keeping secure information on sessions and understanding client confidentiality as laid down by the BACP Guidelines and by working with a Supervision Group.
My counselling qualifications and skills have enabled me to develop an understanding of peoples' needs and the most effective ways in dealing with issues through to resolution and Positive Changes.
I am very friendly and very warm but most of all very understanding on how difficult is to take the first steps and look for the right counsellor for you.
The only thing that I can say is for you to call me and try, so if you need more information I am happy to assist you.