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About me

I am a therapeutic counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British association for counselling practice). I am currently able to offer face to face, telephone or zoom sessions. My face to face practice is based in Winton, Bournemouth. 

I like to work with clients who are willing to be open minded to the counselling process. I enjoy working with a wide range of issues and if a client has a goal in mind we can look to achieve this. On the other hand, if a client hasn't set goals it's an opportunity to look at what they want to achieve in counselling.

My counselling practice is based around the client and what they need and want from the process. I provide a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space.

I can help by using my skills to enable my clients to experience their thoughts and feelings in a tailored service as every client is unique and they deal with issues differently.

I have worked with many different types of issues from addiction, sexual abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ, children and young people and relationships.

It is key for the way I work to build trust so that you feel secure and at ease. There will be non judgment or advice and it's an opportunity for you to explore yourself and to grow your own self awareness. I will be there to help you along the journey.

If you struggle with feeling heard or don't feel you can share with anyone in your life, counselling may be for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Level 4
  • IICT, CTAA Diploma- Relationship counselling

I have also continued my professional development by training in addiction, working with children and young people and also couples.

I have had experience working with young people within a school setting and also adults within different agencies with a variety of issues.

I have a lot of experience working with College and University students and trainee counsellors. 

I also have a lot of experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and problems around gender and sexuality.

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.

Fees

Additional information

Initial 10-15 minute chat over the phone or via zoom- Free

Counselling sessions via Zoom or telephone - £40

Counselling sessions face to face- £45

Couples Counselling- £55

When I work

I have flexible hours both daytime and evening, so please give me a call and we can arrange an appointment to suit you.

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom