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About me

About me

As a counsellor/EMDR therapist, I work with people whose lives are affected by trauma and other challenges such as childhood events, assault, loss or current issues. Together we address what you need at the moment and what you want to change.

I am approachable if you feel sad, angry, confused, find you cannot sleep, are drinking or arguing too much, or do not feel like the “normal you”. I take everyone’s issues seriously regardless of your racial, gender and sexual identity.
I believe psychological therapies can help you cope better with:
• current and past challenging experiences,
• a feeling that you have lost your way in life,
• when your relationships are suffering, and
• the mental health difficulties that can develop as a result, such as anxiety and depression.
Therapy can help you to feel less overwhelmed, resolve past traumas and develop a fresh perspective so that you can free yourself up from what has been holding you back and make new choices.
I am an integrative senior accredited BACP counsellor, accredited EMDR practitioner and clinical supervisor. I have worked in counselling for over twenty years and before that in social work, including in mental health services. My years as a social worker taught me that some of life’s problems are heavily influenced by circumstances beyond our control and perhaps by certain social attitudes towards us. Therapy with me will take this into account in our work together. Providing a service that respects diversity and fairness is very important to me.
About my therapy practice – I provide:
A welcoming and safe space for you to explore your difficulties with me.
Weekly sessions using counselling and/or EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), a trauma-focused therapy, following assessment and negotiation with you (see below for more details).
Short-term, time-limited or longer-term therapy with reviews.
I communicate about appointments using email, SMS text and telephone.
I follow the ethical code laid down by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy https://www.bacp.co.uk/
Type of therapy - Online using Zoom.
Counselling - What is it?
Counselling is a psychological therapy which can help reduce emotional distress. As a counsellor I provide a space for you to explore your difficulty safely and without judgement so you can make sense of what has been happening to you and work out ways to get through and feel stronger. Counselling focuses on your thoughts, feelings, actions, physical reactions in your body, past experiences, memories and relationships with others. Our work together aims to help you understand your difficulties, find self-acceptance and move on with your life, building on the strengths and resources that you already have.
I provide integrative counselling which draws on understandings from systemic, psychodynamic, neuroscientific theories and cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, compassion-focused and internal family system models. This means I can be flexible in my approach with you according to your individual needs and we can draw up a plan together.
EMDR - What is it?
EMDR is a psychological therapy that helps you deal with traumatic experiences by enabling the brain to process related and difficult memories that are still causing emotional and physical distress in your present life (such as nightmares, heightened emotions, hypervigilance and perhaps avoidance behaviours and dissociation). As the EMDR UK and IRELAND Association states EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and it can also help with a range of mental health conditions in people of all ages https://emdrassociation.org.uk/
Agreement
Confidentiality
I will have a written agreement with you which includes my privacy policy and outlines the terms of and limits to the confidential nature of our work together, including an additional section for working online. In summary I offer a confidential service unless you disclose a serious risk to your own or another’s health and safety, or I am required to disclose information about you by law. I will always discuss this with you first and seek your consent, if possible. I pay careful attention to any concerns you have about your safety.
Locations
Online
Disabled access

Language
English. I have many years of working with people for whom English is their 2nd language.
Who I see
Individual adults 18+ in distress due to post-traumatic stress, difficult childhood experiences, somatic reactions including eating and body image issues, dissociation, loss and bereavement, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, termination of pregnancy, fear of failure, problems at work, personal development, stressors relating to gender, sexuality, racial or ethnic identity, physical disability, neuro-diverse identity or a medical or psychiatric diagnosis.
Who I do not see
People requiring immediate medical support due to a severe eating disorder, acute psychiatric ill-health or active suicidal planning; couples; children.

Supervision
Integrative, online via Zoom.
I have provided clinical supervision, one to one and in groups, since 2004 for counsellors in Higher Education, voluntary sector and hospice settings.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications and experience

  • 20+ years as a counsellor with young people and adults in a range of settings both in the voluntary sector, the NHS, local authority and in 2 universities.
  • B.Phil Counselling, University of Birmingham
  • MBACP (Senior Accredited), 2003. Registered Member 14302
  • EMDR Accredited Practitioner with EMDR UK and IRELAND Association and EMDR Europe Association, 2014.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Supervision) 2005
  • Previously, 20 years as a social worker with children, families, older adults and people with mental health difficulties; and as an HIV specialist social worker.
    BSc Psychology, MA + PQSW Social work

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

EMDR UK

EMDR Association UK (EMDR UK)

EMDR UK

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Trauma, EMDR

Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Price

£55 per counselling hour after a free telephone consultation.

£82.50 for 90 minute EMDR session

When I work

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Afternoon
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Daytime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Colwall, Herefordshire, WR13

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online

As a supervisor I use explicit, negotiated agreements with clear boundaries, lines of communication and accountability.

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