At any time, for any one of us, life can seem unmanageable, or difficult to navigate. It is not always possible or appropriate to share our worries with friends or family. This is a time when counselling might help. I am an Integrative Counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP), which means that I work within their ethical framework.
For over thirty years I have worked in the public and voluntary sectors with people with emotional and mental health issues, and also those with problematic drug and alcohol use. I have worked within the NHS with children, adolescents, family groups and hold an up to date DBS. I have completed a specialist cbt training for children and adolescents from Kings College/The Anna Freud Centre and a training in EMDR. I have also counselled and supervised at women's centres and refuges.
I believe that no one theoretical approach suits everyone and therefore chose a training that reflects this. I feel that a greater understanding of ourselves can be empowering and that for many, this is easier to achieve within the safety of the therapeutic relationship.
I have a belief that my own years of personal therapy has helped make me the person I am today. I am therefore committed to trying to support others who question aspects of their own lives, are in the midst of personal crisis or ongoing emotional distress. I feel able to help a person think about a wide range of issues, that have been part of my own personal and working life. I believe I offer a confidential, empathic space, am able to hold very complex, painful feelings, which helps leave you free to explore whatever it is that may have brought you to begin/continue your own personal therapeutic journey.
I believe that therapy should be available to any individual, regardless of gender, culture, sexual orientation, age, religion, class or disability. I believe I am able to offer a sensitive approach to any person who I work with.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling - The Minster Centre. BACP accredited
- Certificate in Integrative Supervision - Open Colleges Network accredited
- BSc (Hons) Psychology, Middlesex University
- Certificate in Solution Focussed Therapy University of Herfordshire
- Diploma in Social Work/Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies, Brunel University
- Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies, Middlesex University
- Certificate in Clinical Skills for Systemic Practice. University of Hertfordshire
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy - ICEEFT
- CYP IAPT Postgraduate Diploma in CBT - Kings College/Anna Freud Centre
- EMDR trained with EMDR Works
I have facilitated group work with people with harmful drug and alcohol use
and for people with self esteem issues.
I have experience of long and short term counselling and employee assistance work.
I offer couple work and supervision for both individuals and groups.
I am registered with the BACP, (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am DBS checked.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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 £50 in Hemel Hempstead however I am open to discuss concessionary rates. This is the fee for individual 50 minute sessions.
My fee for couples work is £75 in Hemel Hempstead.
My fee for supervision is £50 in Hemel Hempstead (negotiable for trainee counsellors).
I also offer negotiable rates for agencies.
Early and late appointments available weekdays.
I practice in central Hemel Hempstead which has good access for public transport and is close to towns such as St Albans, Berkhamsted and Watford; there is free parking available at my home practice.