I am an experienced BACP accredited,counsellor. I currently work to support university students with mental health difficulties and have worked for 10 years for a local charity offering affordable counselling.
I believe that counselling can help us free and loosen issues when we feel stuck in difficulties. I aim to provide a place where you feel able to talk things through in your own way. In the first session we explore what you want from counselling and then progress to identify what is going on. Counselling works to help you think through your issues, express your feelings and develop ways to cope and support yourself so as to move forward.
I have worked with a variety of clients from the age of 17 year plus and have experience of working with a number of issues such as bereavement, loss, anxiety, panic and depression.
I use a variety of counselling approaches. I believe that its important to provide you with someone with whom you feel you can work, who listens and enables you to develop your own awareness so as to move forward. I aim to provide warmth and acceptance so that you feel safe and can work with your issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling in 2008. My approach integrates person centred, cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theories. I have experience in counselling for a wide variety of issues such as depression, panic,anxiety, relationship problems, bereavement, loss and grief, health concerns, abuse, trauma, PTSD,and child related issues. I use different skills and techniques in discussion with you and as required.
I am an accredited British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy member. I abide by their guidelines and code of ethics and also undertake continuing professional development and training to update knowledge skills and practice. I have completed training in counselling for self esteem, anxiety, loss and change, self harm, domestic violence, anger management and self harm as well as the use of CBT based counselling approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT, mindfulness and compassion focussed therapy CFT. I have a particular interest in trauma and have completed part 1 EMDR training. I also have a particular interest in work with students in further education who have mental health difficulties.
As a graduate with psychology, I qualified as a social worker and have extensive career experience of working to support personal change in the probation and social services, delivering Cognitive Behaviourally based groups. I have worked as a trainer and contributed to the training of counselling students. I currently work providing mental health support to university students
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
In the first session, we will talk about what brings you to counselling and how I work so as to enable you to decide whether you want us to work together.
All sessions will be for one hour and I will charge £40.00 per session
Student and hardship concessions are available by negotiation
Payment by BACS, cash or cheque.
Counselling is provided from my private practice room in my home on the outskirts of Nailsea near a bus stop with ample parking outside. There is no waiting area inside.
Home visits by prior agreement.
Session times - 60 minutes - Appointments Wednesdays, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, or by negotiation.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday daytime and evening Wednesday pm and evening other times by negotiation
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|