I know through my own experience that life can be difficult and at times feel overwhelming and lonely. Life can be complicated, unpredictable and stressful. Sometimes all you want is someone to talk to and listen to how you feel without being judged or told what to do.
Through my counselling work, I offer my clients support and encouragement so together we try and make some sense out of what often feels such an up hill struggle. We also look for different ways of coping with the future.
I cannot wave a magic wand or give advice, since I believe my clients are the best experts on healing themselves. However, I know that talking about difficult or painful feelings is part of the healing. It is often a great relief to say out loud what is making you unhappy.
My approach focuses on our relationship together and building trust between us. I encourage my clients to be detectives on their lives outside and bring this into our work so we can understand what is happening beyond our time together.
I help clients think about what they wish to achieve during counselling, since it is important you feel progress is being made. However, I encourage small steps since change takes time if it is to be long term.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred), 2016
University of Greenwich, 2014, FdSc Counselling
2011 NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills, Guildford College
2012 BCFE Level 2 Award in helping Skills, Guildford College
2012 NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Practice, Guildford College
University of Southampton, 1990, BSc Hons. Politics (2:1)
Qualified Workplace Mediator
- Currently run a private therapy practice
- NHS counsellor in a GP surgery
- Student counsellor/academic mentor
- Regular 1:1 supervision, fully insured and CRB checked
- Exploration of how the past influences the present and how our thoughts influence how we feel and behave to help clients move towards a more positive future
- Integrates elements of talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused and Mindfulness
I am a trained mediator and "Samaritan".
Prior to my re-training to become an accredited counsellor, I operated as a Human Resources specialist within public and private sector companies. I hold the Freedom of the City, in recognition of my work in mentoring and developing people during my time at the City of London Corporation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Lack of motivation
- Coping with change
- Body image worries
- Conflict at work
- Pet loss
- Financial worries
- Feeling unwell
- Loss of independence
- Mid life crisis
- Marital affairs
My fees are £50 for each 50 minute session. I can offer concessions for special circumstances.
Payment is made at the beginning of each session either by cash or cheque. If I am notified in advance, holiday periods will not be charged for. For missed sessions that are cancelled with less than 48 working hours notice (2 days) a payment of the agreed weekly fee will still be made.
I work weekdays only
Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes and takes place weekly, usually at the same time and place. The number of sessions is open ended and together we can review how you feel about our progress towards achieving your goal.