**Covid-19 update: During this time of lock-down I am adding the option of online and telephone counselling.
Thanks to the increased hygiene measures being taken in the quiet centres in which I work I am thankfully also able to commit to the on-going provision of face-to-face work at this time where this is your preference - and where neither you nor I have any symptoms, nor a great likelihood of carrying the coronavirus.
Steps being taken include increased-frequency cleaning of the buildings with hospital-grade products; the decontamination of surfaces between client sessions; greater spacing of chairs, and frequently ventillating the room from which I am working.
There is no shared waiting area
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or another. It may be a deep-rooted issue that goes back to childhood, a past relationship or a trauma. It may be some destructive behaviour such as a form of self-harm or an eating disorder. It may be a negative thought process that is having an impact on our daily life. Whatever the issue, I believe counselling can help.
Having a place where we can allow ourselves time and a calm space to think, talk and work things out can be absolutely priceless. We might find ourselves able to unpick past experiences or to bring up something we have never before shared with anyone else despite its effect on us. These and many other issues can be addressed in the therapy room.
I realise that people coming to counselling – especially for a first meeting – may be feeling anxious so I will aim to be welcoming and put you quickly at ease.
The fact that you find yourself reading this page suggests that you are already taking a step towards addressing those issues concerning you.
It is not my role to judge you or tell you how to live but to accept you just as you are, to earn your trust and to stand alongside you in your current life situation, seeing the world from your perspective.
I am very committed to my clients and focused on our work together.
As a client myself I have found my way through challenging life difficulties. Talking things through in counselling can often really help us find our own solutions, meanings and ways forward. I believe that therapy can help our self-awareness and self-understanding.
I aim to provide you with a safe space that is yours to use the way that suits you best; somewhere you can feel heard and where you won’t be judged, criticised or told what to do. I won’t sit in silence and you won’t be asked to talk about anything you don’t want to. We will be able to explore reasons why you feel or behave in a certain way and I will support you in making a positive change.
I will not just focus on the difficulties in your life but also build on your strengths. I will support you at your pace.
I am working towards accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I regularly attend supervision and have continuous professional development throughout the year.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training has been as an integrative counsellor which means that I use various methods of working from different therapeutic backgrounds. Between us we can see which ways of working are the most effective for you: there is no one-size-fits-all as we are all unique, therefore your therapy will be individual to you. I am also able to support you with ways of expressing your feelings and needs to others and of making sense of these things within yourself.
I have worked at organisations specialising in mental health and addictions as well as gaining experience in many of life’s challenges - both by working with clients with a range of difficulties and, naturally, in the course of my own life’s path.
I achieved both my Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and my Certificate in Counselling Skills from City of Bristol College.
I have studied Nonviolent Communication (NVC) with the Seed of Peace network, completing my Foundation Training, later extending this to Level 2 in Empathy, as well as taking a course in Mindful Communication.
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
I offer an initial consultation of 50 minutes for £30, aimed at giving you an idea as to whether you'd like us to work together. Thereafter, work is charged at between £40 and £50 for a 50-minute session for individuals and £60 for couples (60 minutes).