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I believe that having someone genuinely listen to you non-judgmentally, is highly valuable, whether you are 10 or 80 years old. Moreover, I believe that when the listener is a professional counsellor, with both years of training and experience, then it can be both valuable AND life-changing.
What makes a person feel valuable is for them to feel that they count and are important and the way to help them in this is to listen openly to their thoughts, feelings and worries.
What helps a person to make changes in their lives is never to be told what to do - advice rarely works - but to be able to understand better why they are in the place or situation that they are in and to gain knowledge and confidence about how to make things better.
As a counsellor, my role is to help facilitate this and also help you to gain strength and resilience to make those changes work for you and to permanently improve your life.
My model of counselling is integrational. This comprises a Person-Centred and humanistic approach to help you in your quest for understanding and strength and then a Cognitive Behavioral approach which will help you to sort out your thoughts and feelings and understand which are true and helpful and get rid of those which are negative and with which we often get trapped.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an honours degree in therapeutic counselling and have trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and have been working in counselling since 2010.
My work experience has specialised in young people (age 10 -24) and I also spent 5 years working with sexual abuse at a SARC centre (sexual assault referral centre) in Gloucester.
I have received training and work experience in bereavement, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, OCD and phobia management.
I am a registered member of the BACP and currently work for the CLD trust in Hereford.
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
My fee is £45.00 per session but offer a half fee (£25.00) introductory session so that we can meet and explore whether we feel compatible. I feel that this is essential as a successful outcome in therapy is dependent upon a collaborative therapeutic relationship.
Concessions offered for
At the moment my working day for private clients will be wednesdays. There is a possibility of Friday afternoon or weekends.