I genuinely believe that at the very heart of counselling , beyond the various approaches and interventions, lies the key that makes all the difference, that key is the relationship between a client and their counsellor. It is this relationship that forms the bedrock from which all manner of possibilities can flourish and grow.
I strive to provide the right conditions to allow this unique relationship to take shape. I combine both empathy and congruence with a non judgmental attitude, whilst at the same time using creativity and skills from a variety of approaches. My goal is to work together to form an alliance that will give you the space and time you need to be truly heard. I work in partnership with my clients to help facilitate the changes that are needed and to restore balance back to their lives. For some this could very well be the first time they have spoken of issues that cause them pain and discomfort, my role is to actively encourage your own pace of work so that you genuinely feel in control, even when working on sensitive or difficult topics.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Wealden Psychology Institute where I gained my BACP accredited Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling. I then attended Leeds Beckett University where I completed my PTUK Advanced Accredited Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People Using the Creative Arts and Play.
These qualifications enable me to work effectively and ethically with a wide range of individuals, from young children and teenagers, right through to adults.
I am a registered member of two governing bodies, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK) and as a result I adhere to both of their ethical frameworks and practice standards.
I combine a variety of humanistic approaches and theories, such as Person Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, CBT and mix them with the core concepts of Erikson, Bowlby and Egan to create my own particular way of working.
I myself have always found that creativity mixes wonderfully well with counselling techniques, so I am able to draw upon my creative background and skills to provide a range of therapeutic interventions, from sand-tray work and puppets, to art work and Russian dolls, should my client feel they want to explore something a bit different.
I have attended numerous trauma therapy training across a variety of locations and am particularly interested in working with trauma therapy approaches as a safe and effective method of helping clients deal with issues such a PTSD and abuse.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £55 per session