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Sometimes it is hard to talk to friends or family about what you are going through and how it makes you feel. The advice given, though well meant, can be confusing, perhaps because it is coming from people who are too close and trying to ‘fix ’things. Or you may feel that you are a burden and not want to share your worries with them.
The counselling room creates a safe place to offload. It is a place to get a different perspective; to regain some lost strength and to gain a better understanding of where you are now and be more at peace with making positive choices for the future with someone who cares and won’t judge you.
My approach is to use common sense and is simple. I follow you and your needs, working alongside you in a considered and confidential way, listening carefully, reflecting back and clarifying any confusion. This counselling process helps establish feelings of safety, supporting you to deal with the things that need to be changed and to come to terms with those that can’t.
It is generally agreed that the key to successful therapy is the good relationship between therapist and client. I offer an initial free phone call to talk through how I work and answer any questions that you may have, so that you can decide if I am the right person for you to work with.
This work puts the relationship as the client, and our work looks at communication and how to improve it. This can involve acceptance of things that can’t be changed, compromise where they can and a greater understanding of the other’s perspective.
Counselling for young people
When a young person is swamped by difficult and muddled feelings it is hard for them to articulate what is troubling them. They often don’t want to upset their family by talking to them about their concerns and can end up bottling it all up. Worries can include bullying, family relationships and friendships, and can result in angry outbursts or withdrawn behaviour.
I have trained and worked in a school setting with Place2be, a children's counselling organisation, a family mediation service, seeing children and families who are struggling with divorce or separation and in a young person’s residential care home.
When a loved one dies it can be the single most distressing experience that we will ever face. We can be unprepared for the physical and emotional reaction to our loss and find ourselves overwhelmed by the enormity of our feelings.
It can be helpful to talk to a counsellor who isn’t personally involved, someone who understands the grieving process, understands that it takes as long as it takes and will be there alongside you on your journey.
Depression affects many people at some time in their life. It is more than just having a bad day. If we are going through a particularly difficult or stressful time we can expect our mood to be lower than it would be normally. It becomes a concern if we feel persistently low, if we can find no joy in our day to day life, are tearful, irritable, sleep badly and cannot concentrate on anything.
Counselling can be a helpful contribution to overcoming depression. I am a person-centred counsellor, which means that I believe that we all have a natural tendency to grow and thrive, but sometimes we need to get back on track. Through a non-judgmental, trusting relationship I aim to help you get in touch with the feelings underlying your depression, to express these and make sense of them and find new ways of looking at the world that you live in.
We can look at the ‘shoulds’ in your world. “I ‘should’ be able to cope better, pull myself out of this and enjoy life more.” Living up to other peoples’ expectations and keeping up appearances can be draining. My intention is to offer support in moving away from self-defeating assumptions and towards a hopeful future, always at your own pace.
Domestic abuse can take many forms; physical, verbal and emotional. It can also happen to anyone and can be very hard to come to terms with and make healthy choices for the future. Talking to a counsellor can help clarify a way forward that works for you. If this is part of your past then counselling can help you understand what has happened and deal with the anger and guilt that often arise. For children who witness abuse it can become ‘normal’ and they can take their experiences with them through to adult life. They may feel that they are to blame for their parent’s difficulties and counselling can help them make sense of it.
I am diploma qualified with Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders with the National Centre for Eating Disorders NCFED. This is to ensure that I work safely in this area. I have also undertaken further courses with NEDDE, Neurodiversity Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating.
I am experienced BACP accredited counsellor and a supervisor to both trainee and qualified counsellors. My supervision practice reflects my counselling style which is predominantly person centred but I also use other approaches where appropriate. I offer a regular space and time to think about your work and relationships with your clients. We can work together to look at issues that arise such as separating out our own stuff, monitoring our own self-care, over involvement with clients and other ethical dilemmas. I aim to offer a warm, non-judgemental environment where supervisees can safely bring their successes as well as worries.
Finding the right supervisor for you can take time and the supervisory relationship is usually a long term partnership. I therefore offer a free initial session by phone or zoom, where you can tell me about your work, level of experience, placement if in training, and type and number of clients that you see. We can look at what you would like from supervision and I can answer any of your questions.
Once we have agreed to work together my costs are £60 per hour, £45 per hour for counsellors in training.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice work, I have provided counselling services for children, young people and adults for a family mediation service in Oxfordshire and have worked as a counsellor in a London school. I am also experienced in bereavement counselling with Cruse.
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
OCN Certificate in Supervision
Cruse: Awareness in Bereavement Care - The Foundation Course
Specialist training courses completed in:-
NCFED Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders Diploma
NEDDE Introduction to Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating with the Neurodivergent Client in Mind
Counselling Academy - The Couples Counselling Toolkit
Counselling Tutor 80hour Online and Telephone Counselling Course
Child Attachment Theory and Development
Memberships of Professional Bodies:-
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Registered with the BACP Directory for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I hold full Professional Liability Insurance and a DBS check.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
£60 per individual session.
£70 per couples session
When I work
I am available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6.30pm