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Registered MBACP, FCIPD, Dip HIC (BCPC)

About me

I am a fully qualified counsellor working with clients facing a broad range of issues; including being anxious, stressed or feeling 'lost in the world'; as well as those seeking meaning or purpose in life. I support individuals coping with significant life-changing events such as serious illness, redundancy, divorce or bereavement; and I help those struggling in relationships or with parenting.

My practice is based in Cheltenham, where I provide a peaceful and confidential environment for us to explore whatever is going on in your life. 

My background

I bring a wide range of personal and professional experience to my work, and offer a variety of therapeutic approaches within the context of short and longer-term counselling. I have spent many years working in different countries as an intercultural consultant for international organisations. In a world rich with diversity this is useful when considering how the cultural context of our everyday environment shapes and influences how we experience life and how we feel as a person. I am a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  Prior to working in business I served for several years in the British military. 

My approach to counselling

As an 'integrative counsellor' my approach combines different elements of specific therapies. Collaboratively we'd explore who you are as a 'whole person' - your wider circumstances and life story - alongside specific issues that you might be facing right now.  

This often involves uncovering and working with hidden or unconscious parts of our inner world; the world we hide away from those in our public space.  I do this by helping you to develop a deeper insight into the patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour, that shape who you are becoming.

Making sense of ourselves

Self-awareness and self-knowledge are valuable if not essential personal resources, when navigating difficult relationships or the sometimes cruel hardships of life's inevitable events.  Working through our own personal experiences with someone we trust and who cares for us; not only lightens the burden of suffering, but can also transform the ways in which we understand ourselves.   Developing a 'narrative coherence' to our sometimes fragmented lives, helps us acquire a broader perspective, deeper levels of personal maturity, and greater self-acceptance.

Finding a counsellor who is right for you personally

Seeking help or solace with the presence of another person - a stranger - is neither straightforward or easy, particularly if you have never done it before.  Finding and choosing the right therapist is both a crucial yet difficult decision.  

I encourage you to speak to several therapists before committing to 'the journey'.  Ask yourself, what will it feel like to 'travel with' this counsellor - a professional companion - on an exploration of your 'inner landscape', where at times you might feel quite exposed or vulnerable.  

Email or text are the easiest ways to contact me.  I will always respond to your message at the earliest opportunity.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications and Training 

  • Professional Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Level 6) - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. (BCPC)
  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BCPC) 
  • Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - University of Birmingham.
  • Certified Life Orientations Coach.

Experience

  • Over 25 years experience working internationally in business. 
  • Coaching expatriates, leaders and managers in cross cultural relationships.
  • Volunteer counsellor working for several years supporting lo-cost agencies.
  • 6 years military service in the British Army.

Additional Information 

  • Registered Member of BACP.
  • Rigorously trained.  Fully insured. Properly supervised.
  • I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Additional information

Session Fee: £60

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I work on an 'in-person' basis in central Cheltenham.   I can offer counselling on-line; however this is normally dependent on having established a well grounded therapeutic relationship.  

The Practice Rooms, 32 Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JP

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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