About me

Working creatively and uniquely with my clients is, I believe, vitally important. You come with your own individual experience and ways of being, and with your own new path to forge. My job is to attune to you to really try and understand you and then support you on your path to a better place. I deeply believe that you have the understanding and solutions within you and my role is to help you find them - in a gentle, but challenging way.

The relationship and trust between us is key - if we get on well then you are likely to work really well in your counselling! Therefore, I always offer a free initial consultation (50 mins) for you to meet me (and me you) before you commit to seeing me as your counsellor. It is a big commitment - emotionally and of course financially, but I see it an a timely investment in yourself.

As I’m sure you know - it can often take a while to trust a new person in your life, and I understand that. So, we will work together, building our trust in the first instance.

Entering counselling is an important and serious choice. We will meet regularly to work together, and will mean that some difficult things may have to be faced. But there is certainly plenty of joy to be shared along the way too. I see counselling as an inner adventure - to find the real you. It can be wonderfully liberating!

I am 61 and so have a wealth of my own life experiences that have brought me to this place in time. I’d like to think that I’ve learned a few things along the way and made a significant number of mistakes too. I feel that it is a deep privilege to work with my clients and I love my work. Each client definitely teaches me new things!

Being creative is very important to me and in my therapy I like to use a variety of different methods with my clients, to suit their needs. I qualified with a diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, which means I draw on a few different theoretical approaches, rather than be stuck in the discipline of simply one.

Recently, I’ve produced a set of Lovelli Therapy Cards which I work with as well as other images from magazines etc. I also run workshops with therapists to explore how such images can be used with clients. It can be very powerful, so we have to be gentle and sensitive in this work, but it is also great fun and rewarding.

Venue - I work in the centre of Canterbury, in a delightful and comfortable room that a small group of us (Turquoise Counselling Collective) rent from the Baptist Church. Please note - We are not part of the church.

The website for Turquoise Counselling Collective is www.turquoisecounselling.co.uk

I also work as a volunteer at a counselling agency in Canterbury.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (ABC)
Twenty + years of experience working with Re-evaluation Counselling.

I have worked with numerous clients with a variety of presenting issues - but I see every person as unique and often find that what a person comes with is often not what they eventually decide to work on. We are all complex and unravelling is a huge part of the process.

I am currently doing a Couples Counselling course and am looking for couples to work with at a reduced rate - once the covid situation resolves. Working with couples on zoom or skype, doesn't work well!

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I particularly work using images and creative activities.

I am training to be a couples counsellor and am looking for willing couples whilst I'm training - at a reduced cost. During 'covid' times this won't be possible but once the situation resolves I would like to work at the room in Canterbury that I use.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Photos & videos

Fees

£35 per session

Free initial meeting to work out if you feel you can work with me and that I feel competent to work with you and your issues.

If I feel that my experience doesn't match your situation, I will signpost you to a therapist who I believe has the experience.

St George's Place
Canterbury
Kent
CT1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

In these covid times - I'm only available on the phone or by Zoom.

Potentially, I am available both during the day and evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Social

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