Are you feeling anxious, sad, perhaps overwhelmed ,I provide a confidential, safe, non judgemental space to explore what is present for you in your current life situation. Therapy should be an empowering and creative process and we will work together to find the best ways for you to share how you are feeling, difficulties in relationships and current and earlier experiences that you feel may stuck in so that you can find a path forwards with your life.
My background has been in social work & later counselling for over 35 years and I have extensive experience in working with people trying their best to cope with different issues. These may include feeling anxious, depressed, perhaps experiencing family and/ or relationship difficulties or breakdown. Bereavement & loss , (recent or long ago), redundancy, domestic violence, abuse and bullying. Reaching out for help can be daunting but I offer a free 30 minute chat so that we can meet and talk over how how we would work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Gloucester College 2017
- Certificate in Counselling Studies - Gloucester College 2014
- Certificate in Counselling Skills - Gloucester College 2013
- Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health - Recover Programme, Birmingham University 2004
- Post Qualifying Award Mental Health University of Birmingham 1995
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Birmingham Polytechnic 1984
- Member of BACP
- Member of BASW
- Registered SWE
- Enhanced DBS check
I practice as an integrative counsellor which means I have studied different theories and have gained skills in a variety of approaches to help you to explore and find ways forward with difficult life problems, thoughts and feelings.
In addition to my counselling and social work training and experience I have a trained and worked with for over 16 years a Teacher/Jungian Psychotherapist based in the USA specialising in dream and energetic work and these approaches can be available to clients if they feel they would like to explore these areas.
I work to the BACP code of ethics.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pet/Equine Bereavement - The loss of our beloved animal companions can cause a huge sense of loss and pain not always understood by those who do not experience that connection with other creatures. I fully understand just how difficult these losses can be and can offer a compassionate place to share those feelings.
Workplace bullying - This is far more common than most are led to believe. This can be disturbing, debilitating and disempowering to experience and can lead to a loss of confidence, anxiety and depression . Talking through and feeling supported can help to make decisions and explore options.
Currently studying Equine Therapy - I have a lifelong love of horses and ponies and the connection they can lead us to with the wild places outside and within. The honest reflection from a place of heart from equus is powerful and can help to offer insights and possibilities.
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£40.00 per session - one hour
Zoom £40.00 - one hour
Telephone £40.00 one hour
Home visits can be discussed in certain circumstances
there is an additional charge for travel based on £30 per hour to be agreed at outset for home visits.
I am available for sessions during the week and have some evening availability between Monday- Thursday. Evening sessions are 5 - 6, 6.30 -7.30.
I am able to offer a limited number of evening appointments for those with work or child care or other caring responsibilities. I can also arrange home visits in special circumstances, subject to discussion.