I see life as a journey with all its stumbles and frailties and its enormous potential for human growth. “There is nothing stronger than the human spirit.” However, there are times during life’s journey when confusion and bewilderment, turmoil and upheaval, uncertainty and perplexity can take hold. These are times when counselling can offer hope, be beneficial and lend a helping hand in order to sort through challenging times. My aim is to provide clients with a safe place in order to explore the depths of their difficulties.
As a Counsellor, I am keen to facilitate people, helping them to gain insight into their problems, the patterns that complicate their lives and to provide them with an emotional language in order to handle and enhance their personal growth.
I also have an interest into the many perspectives of Religion, Spirituality and Faith. As a counsellor I am very open to all faiths. I welcome the opportunity to discuss with and seek what these facets mean to my clients, to search for a wider meaning to life and that of living and experiencing our human existence.
I initially trained in Psychodynamic Counselling in the early 1990’s and have worked in both a voluntary and a paid capacity, contracted to Social Services. I have worked with and helped a diverse range of people. My life’s journey has also taken me into the field of teaching and training where I have taught counselling skills for a number of years for a local college. Beyond this, I have worked closely with unemployed people and also training staff within the Health and Social Care sector.
I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am subject to its Professional Conduct Procedure and have regular clinical supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate/Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (MRGP)
Certificate in Education (Cert.Ed.)
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling No: 185671
Continued professional development (CPD)
Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £40 per session. I understand that we all have different needs and I discuss the fee and the timing of the sessions when we initially meet, as I feel it is important that to benefit from the therapeutic relationship, we are both able to commit to this process. (See above for concession rates)
If clients find difficulty in attending face to face due to disability, accessibility or distance, I am able to see clients on Zoom or Skype.
What is Psychodynamic Counselling?
Psychodynamic counselling initially evolved from Sigmund Freud’s theories on the unconscious and uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that have evolved since childhood. Memories and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current situations and concerns.