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About me

I first became interested in counselling when I worked for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. I discovered that most of us have a difficulty we find unable to overcome at some time in our lives, and talking about it with a skilled, empathic, non-judgmental person can often clarify the situation. It can stop the ‘circling thoughts’ that we can suffer from and help us find the way forward.

I have worked with teenagers who have left foster care or children’s homes and were setting up homes of their own – with all the emotional and practical problems to deal with. My work has also been with people with drug and alcohol dependencies, and with the close relatives who are affected by the dependency. In these cases my clients need help coping with the relationship in which the other person seems to have the ‘problem’. However, lots of life’s problems, such as debt or illness for example, can affect our relationships. It seems that sometimes we feel we can’t see the wood for the trees – and this is where I can help. Many problems can stem from our past; my personal view is that we cannot change the past, but we can change our reaction to it. I like to focus on the ‘here and now’ and how we can go forward positively into the future.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) degree in Psychology
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

£40 per hour for individuals

£60 per hour for couples

When I work

Week days by appointment

Further information

If daytime hours are difficult, I am happy to work with Zoom.

The Harmony Centre, Walpole Hatch Farm, Walpole, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9BB

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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