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The hardest thing about working with a new therapist is finding the right one. The 'shall I, shan't I send that e-mail' going round in your head when you have so many different therapists to choose from. You take the brave decision and make contact and I find the first session always the hardest because you are getting to know one another. I know this because I have been there too and know what it's like.
I pride myself in making you feel as welcome and relaxed as you can be, after all, if you do not feel comfortable, how are you going to get the best out of the sessions? As a result, I have created a person-centred, comfortable, unique and relaxing space where we can work together on what you wish to present.
My hours of working are from 5:30 pm Monday to Friday and I am easiest to contact via e-mail.
Each session lasts 50 minutes. The total number of sessions will depend on your requirements, however, there will always be an element of reviewing progress, usually at every sixth session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following qualifications:
- BSc (Hons.) Psychology
- PGCE in Social Science; Psychology with English
- SENCO (Special Education Needs Co-ordinator)
- Level 3 Safeguarding Training (Previously designated safeguarding lead at a high school)
- NPQSL (National Professional Qualification Senior Leadership)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- MA in Education
- Level 6 in clinical supervision
- Post Graduate Diploma in CBT
I am currently working towards completing
- BPS Doctorate level study in Counselling Psychology
I have experience in working with adults and children, especially children who are at secondary school. I have been a teacher for 15 years and an assistant principal for 4 years with responsibility for safeguarding, special needs and had other whole school responsibilities.
Once I qualified as a counsellor I left teaching full time to follow my dreams of becoming a counselling psychologist. I currently work part-time as a CBT/psychotherapist in a local mental health hospital supporting a ward where patients have been sectioned under the mental health. My specialism is in work-related stress and depression and trauma.
I am an A-Level Psychology examiner and assess the paper specialising in schizophrenia, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety and depression.
I also lecture Psychology for the BSc course at a local university.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
The first session is always free and lasts half an hour so we can get to know one another and you can feel comfortable. In this first meeting, we will discuss what you hope to gain from counselling and your goals. Sessions will then be £40. Concessions can be made for students upon request.
Weekdays after 5:30 pm but can do 4:30 pm on request. I can also offer Saturday sessions if needed
I receive supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines, have an up to date DBS and have indemnity insurance.