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
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
£40 per hour for individuals
£60 per hour for couples