My interest in counselling began after having counselling for some of my own life issues. I was a teacher for more than 20 years and I qualified as a counsellor in 2006. I became a registered member of BACP in 2013. I gained 15 years of post qualifying experience as a volunteer counsellor with Community Counselling based in East Ham. I started to offer private counselling in 2019. I also have experience of counselling trainee counsellors to support them with their training and course requirements for personal therapy.
Whilst completing my training in counselling, I was a volunteer counsellor with Place2Be offering play therapy for a year and half in a primary school and went back to this for a year after retiring.
I have worked with a wide range of counselling issues - anxiety and depression, low self esteem, childhood sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, bereavement and loss and family problems. Through my own training and therapy I have learnt that we all deserve to be heard by others and that a good counselling relationship is the basis for therapeutic growth in an individual.
Our childhood experiences help to shape the adult we become and difficulties as we grow up can lead to patterns of behaviour that we may not always feel comfortable with. Counselling can begin to redress some of the difficulties we had as children and help us to become the person we want to be. Feeling better about ourselves can help our relationships with others to change.
Most recently, clients who I had been counselling face to face, continued with telephone counselling to support them with issues coming up as a result of the pandemic and lockdown.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and the course looked at various counselling theories: person centred, cognitive behavioural therapy CBT, psychodynamic, gestalt and transactional analysis TA. Each student developed their own individual way of working with clients using some or all of these theories.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
I have attended short courses in self harm, eating disorders, working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and bereavement.
I have experience of offering short term counselling (10 sessions) and also long term counselling.
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
£35 for a 50 minute counselling session. I am open to considering a lower fee depending on a client's financial circumstances. I use the telephone or Zoom since face to face counselling is not possible at present.
The assessment is free and I prefer to conduct this on Zoom. This will take about half an hour and allows you to talk about the issues that concern you and for us both to decide if we can work together.
Concessions offered for
I worked with a colleague to present an afternoon of training in bereavement counselling for qualified and trainee counsellors.
I have been involved as a committee member for Community Counselling, a local charity organisation, that offers affordable counselling, for several years. I am also part of the Contexts and Issues group that ensures the smooth running of the service.