I am a UK Registered counsellor, accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Psychodynamic counselling is the main approach that underpins my work with clients, in that it gives me a good understanding of how you relate to yourself, other relationships and how your experiences may be impacting on your current difficulties and your resilience to cope.
I integrate a range of techniques to help my clients, such as grounding, mindfulness/meditation and creativity to gain a better understanding of themselves and empowering you to take better care of yourself holistically; mind, body and soul.
I am passionate about supporting people to heal and grow, no matter how little or big this may be. Everyone is unique and therefore come to counselling with different hopes and aims. Simpy just saying thoughts and feelings out loud to another person who will not judge you can bring huge shifts in itself as well as helping you to identify and release the blocks/barriers that are holding you back or getting in the way of your happiness and peace.
'Stopping' and 'reflecting' in therapy enables you to become more self-aware and this helps you to gain more insight and understanding of yourself, your relationships, your circumstances and any repeated patterns in your life. These realisations can empower you to make healthier and positive changes.
I provide a safe and confidential place for you to express yourself and whatever is going on in your life at this moment. Finding words to describe your feelings and circumstances can be hard at times, therefore I can also work creatively to help you to find a way through writing, drawing, using objects such as stones, crystals, feathers, puppets etc.
In my recent years, as I have trained in holistic therapies and energy work such as reiki and crystal healing I have been able to provide a safe space in counselling for clients and also supervisees to explore the concept of the 'soul' and 'spirituality'.
Through my work I help clients on their journey back to themselves; reconnecting with who they are and who they want to become.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in both statutory and voluntary sector counselling services over the last 14 years across the East and West Midlands. I have set up and developed many counselling and therapeutic services, some of which have been in women specific organisations and others in children’s and young people’s services including primary and secondary schools, colleges and sixth forms.
I trained in psychodynamic counselling (Post Graduate Diploma) at the University of Birmingham 2001-2004.
I later completed my Masters in 2009. My research was based on women's perceptions and experiences of counselling, with particular focus on women marginalised by society through substance misuse, offending behaviour and street sex work.
I also qualified as a Counselling Supervisor (Post Graduate Certificate -Level 7) at the University of Chester in 2014 - Please see my supervisors profile for more information.
In 2017 I began to train in holistic therapies. I completed Reki 1, Reiki 2 and Crystal healing.
In 2019 I completed a diploma in Esoteric Numerology, Reiki Masters and foundation level course in Shamanic healing.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per session
£35 per session for trainee/student counsellors.
Other concessions may also be available. Please contact me to discuss.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
Mondays all day including evenings
Tuesday to Friday evenings only
Saturday and Sunday (occasional options available)
I work with clients short term and long term, depending on their needs and hopes/aims. Sessions can be weekly or fortnightly with some additional flexibility as of when required and if in the best interest of the client. This is usually discussed in the first appointment.