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Integrative Counsellor & Supervisor; Dip Coun MBACP

About me

Please note: I am currently offering all of my sessions via video call or telephone call, and also in person walk and talk therapy.

Sometimes you might be feeling sad or anxious, feel that life is difficult, distressing or challenging, maybe not working out as you had hoped it would, or that you are stuck in a way of living that is causing you stress and unhappiness. Talking to friends, family or colleagues can often help. Maybe you don’t want to burden them, don’t have anyone to talk to, or maybe they’re part of the problem. Sometimes we need someone who is outside of the situation, who will really listen to us and our concerns and work with us to help us sort things out, so that we can feel better.

If you’re struggling with things in your life, past, present or future, or you’re not even sure what the problem is, counselling might be the help and support you need.

I am a fully qualified Trauma Informed Integrative Counsellor. That means that rather than just sticking to just one counselling model (such as Psychodynamic or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) I use different ideas and techniques to suit you.  Sessions can be a single session, just a few in number, or on a longer-term basis.

I work with individuals, whether adults, young people and couples.

I offer a friendly, secure and confidential space where you can be understood and valued.

I offer a free initial 30 minute meeting, or a 50 minute first session charged at £35, so that you can meet me before you decide. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and is without any obligation to continue.

I work with clients in person, by telephone and via video call software.

Please get in touch either with me by telephone or e-mail if you are interested in learning more or to arrange an initial appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) with a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.

I have a special interest in working with young people. I have extensive clinical experience working in this area. I work with local senior and primary schools offering one to one counselling to their pupils. 

I also have a special interest in working with Trauma and PTSD, and work with both adults and young people in this area.  I work with a 3 phased approach. I carry out a thorough assessment so we can understand what has happened in your life (whether a one off traumatic event, or a number of traumatic experiences). I then offer psychoeducation, so that you understand what is going on for you in response to your trauma. We then work on safety and stabilisation techniques, before working together to process your trauma. This approach is tailored to your individual experience. 

Issues I have dealt with include anxiety, ASD, bullying, abuse, low self-esteem, anger, work/life balance, fertility, alcohol, long term illness and it's impact, trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD), school/life stress, self-harm, suicidal ideation, low mood and feeling sad, depression, social anxiety, anxiety disorders, body image, low self confidence, disordered eating, chronic fatigue, family issues, friendship and relationship issues, loss and bereavement, illness, panic attacks, fear as well as many other areas.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy  IACP
  • Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision CPCAB
  • OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Studies NCFE
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency (Accredited Voluntary Register)
  • Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
  • Nutritional Interventions For Eating Disorders (National Centre for Eating Disorders)
  • Essential Obesity (National Centre for Eating Disorders)

Currently studying (2022)

  • Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma and PTSD

CPD and additional training attended includes:

  • Cruse Bereavement Training Certificate
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Facilitating Groups
  • Single Session Therapy - SST (Prof Windy Dryden)
  • 7 modules (out of 12) of a Postgraduate Level 7 CPD training modules attended for Working With Children and Young People aged 5-25 years including Therapeutic Play, Group Work, Creative Interventions, CBT with Young People, as well as many other areas.

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience and an interest in working with trauma and PTSD. I am trained in The Rewind Technique, and have completed a Diploma in Trauma Informed Psychotherapy. I am currently studying a Postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Trauma and PTSD (2022). My approach and training means that I have a thorough understanding of trauma, and can support clients to develop the tools and skills necessary to effectively work with and process their trauma in safe, strategic and systematic manner. We work together to find the right tools to help you process your trauma, and to move forward with your life.

Fees

Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individuals:

So that you can meet me before you decide if you want us to work together, I offer a free first 30 minute meeting, or a 50 minute first session charged at £35.

Further sessions are charged at £50 per session. Sessions are up to 1 hour.

Clinical Supervision:

I am qualified with an OCN Accredited Certificate in Counselling Supervision, a CPCAB Level 6 Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision and also a certificate in Supervising Groups.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision is offered on a fortnightly or monthly basis and fees are £50 per 1 hour session, £70 per 1.5 hour session and £90 per 2 hour session.

I can offer Group Supervision. Please get in touch if this is of interest.

I have limited spaces for concessionary supervision rates for counselling students in training on recognised counselling courses, so please do ask if this applies to you.

Couples counselling:

Initial appointment £60

Assessment session £75

Further sessions are charged at £60 per hour

Concessionary rates may be negotiated dependent on individual circumstances. Please do ask if fees are a concern for you.

Appointments are available daytime, some weekday evenings.

When I work

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Weekday daytime, afternoons and some evenings

Further information

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.
I hold full Professional Civil Liability Insurance.
I have an enhanced DBS check (previously known as CRB check)

Plenty of onsite parking and easy access to bus stop approx 100m away (Regular services for many bus routes including: 500, 501, 61, 50)

Aston Clinton,, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Qualified Trauma Informed Integrative Clinical Supervisor experienced with working in Private Practice (Adults & CYP) and in Schools (CYP & staff).

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