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About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor who offers a comfortable, safe and confidential environment for individuals, couples or families to discuss concerns, problems and thoughts about personal difficulties. I will help you to find your own solutions to resolve the situation that is bothering you and become more content. I am a good listener and will provide reassurance so you feel comfortable enough to share your private thoughts and feelings.

To make our sessions productive you will get my full, undivided attention, understanding and empathy and I encourage a positive rapport to build trust between us to make our time together effective. As an integrative therapist, I adapt my way of working to suit your needs. By working therapeutically I can enable you to manage and maintain you own mental health and well-being. You will learn to understand the difficulties you may be experiencing in your life and to make the desired changes that will empower you to move forward.

I offer counselling for a variety of different issues, which may be relationship based, career-orientated or in areas such as addictions, eating disorders, trauma and loss. I will establish a counselling contract, which outlines what will be covered during our sessions. Where required, I may refer you to other helpful agencies. I am passionate about my work and aim to bring about positive changes in people’s lives and welcome the opportunity to work with you.

My therapy room is located a few minutes walk from Harpenden station. St Albans and Luton are both one stop from Harpenden on the same Thameslink train line.

Training, qualifications & experience

Introduction to Counselling CPCAB, 2006; Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB, 2007; Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB, 2008; Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB, 2010;

My experience has been working  with large charities providing one to one counselling and group therapy to clients suffering from addiction, mental health and relationship issues. Including, extensive experience of working with families and carers who are impacted by the addiction of significant others.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50 for  individual sessions
£60 for couples

When I work

Evenings and Weekends

22A Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4SE

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme