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Person-Centred and Gestalt Counsellor MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor with 16 years experience of working with anxiety, stress, depression, sadness, anger, loneliness, relationship issues, loss and bereavement.

As a person-centred counsellor I offer you a trusting, safe, confidential, non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and talk about issues in your life that you find troubling, challenging or difficult.

My counselling service is available to clients across the UK online via Zoom or telephone, I also offer face to face sessions in my counselling venue in Oswestry, Shropshire. 

I have particular experience of working with bereavement and specialise in working with adults, children and young people bereaved through sudden and traumatic circumstances such as suicide, murder, manslaughter, sudden illness and accidental death.  

I work with individuals, couples, children and young people. I have a Masters Degree in Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and a Diploma in Person-Centred counselling. I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have a Level 2 Certificate in Telephone and Online Counselling certified by the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online and the National Counselling Society.  I have a certificate in couples’ and relationship counselling. And am currently an EMDR therapist in training which means I can use EMDR with clients if they would like to work to work in this way.

Please feel able to contact me if you would like to book an appointment or you would like to arrange a free introductory get to know each other call to see if we would be a good fit to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with 16 years experience. I have experience of working with clients of all age groups, adults, children and young people. In the past I have worked for MIND (mental health charity) and HOAP (a homeless charity) and Barnardo’s. As well as my private practice, I currently work as a counsellor at a children’s hospice and have been in post 12 years, in my time at the hospice I have gained vast experience of working with parents and family members after the death of a child or young person through life limiting conditions, suicide, accidental death, murder and sudden illness. I also have particular experience of providing counselling to children and young people who are bereaved through traumatic circumstances or who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Qualifications and training

  • EMDR ‘therapist in training’ - Part 1 undertaken with EMDR Academy (2022)
  • Masters degree in Counselling Studies (Chester University, 2016)
  • CPCAB Level 6 certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (2019)
  • Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (2006)
  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (2008)
  • ABC Certificate in integrative counselling (2001)
  • ACTO approved level 2 Certificate in telephone and online counselling 80 hours continued professional development (2020)
  • Certificate in Couples' and Relationship Counselling (2021)
  • Level 3 Certificate in safeguarding children and young people (2022)
  • Level 3 Certificate in safeguarding vulnerable adults (2022)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Mentoring (2004)
  • Certificate in Mindfulness-based stress reduction (2011)
  • 101 certificate in Transactional Analysis (2012)
  • Storm suicide prevention training (2012)
  • suicide awareness training (2015)
  • counselling children and young people - masters level 7 (2010)
  • Certificate in training in the lifelong learning sector (2009)
  • Special educational needs learning support assistant- level 2&3 (2007-2008)
  • Working with bereaved children and adolescents (2009)
  • bereavement training
  • trauma
  • attachment based theory (2017)
  • couples therapy
  • mental health first-aid (2009)
  • self-harm (various training and constantly updated)
  • complex post traumatic stress disorder (2019)
  • working with men in therapy (2021)

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP registered number 92710) and I abide by their ethical framework. I am also a member of the Children and Young People Division of the BACP. I am also a registered member of the person- centred association.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Specialising in working with bereavement, grief and loss and working with family members and children and young people living with life-limited conditions. Vast experience of working with clients bereaved through sudden traumatic circumstances, or the death of a child or the death of a baby through still birth, medical termination or miscarriage. Particular experience of working with clients who are bereaved after the death of a family member through suicide or accident death.

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Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

An hours individual counselling session costs £45.00. I offer concessionary rates for children and young people, students, trainee counsellors, key workers, OAPs, unemployed, refugees and those on low income.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Sessions can take place either Face to face, online on Zoom or by telephone

Further information

If you would like to know more about my counselling service and how I can help please contact me.

Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

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

Key details

DBS check

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Working online through Zoom or by telephone enables me to offer counselling to clients across the UK who may not be able to attend sessions in person

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Person-centred counsellor and Gestalt therapist 16 yrs experience. Accredited BACP member. Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic counselling supervision

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