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This professional is available for new clients.
So often in our lives we reach a place where we are struggling in some capacity or other. 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 addiction, 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 help you to build on your strengths. I will support you at your own pace.
The first session can help to give you an idea as to whether you'd like us to work together, and is therefore offered on a no-commitment basis. I'll check in with you close to the end to know whether or not you would like to move forward with me with weekly meetings.
I also offer sessions by Zoom and phone.
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.
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
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
£55.00 per session
My work is charged at £55 per 50-minute session for individuals and £70 for couples.
When I work
I offer appointments on weekdays, including evenings. Please contact me regarding my up-to-date availability.