I trained in Person Centred Counselling for 4 years and went on to do further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Teaching and Practice, Bereavement and Loss, Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Palliative Care.
As a person-centred counsellor for nearly 18 years, I will help you to explore your thoughts and feelings, beliefs and behaviours, and values, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence. I will offer you compassion and a safe space, valuing your unique experiences, enabling you to learn new tools and techniques to enhance relationships and make important life decisions with a new sense of empowerment and independence. After all, the counselling sessions are about you and not me!
When you contact with me either by telephone or email, we will discuss the best time for your initial assessment. This is done over the telephone and lasts around 45 minutes. It is also free of charge as it is a ‘fact finding’ session, not a therapy session. I will ask you a series of questions during the assessment regarding your current difficulties, but also will ask you to help me understand more historically about you, which will give me some insight as to how it may have impacted on the current situation. It is also an opportunity for you to ask me questions about the therapy involved, what to expect in session and anything else you need in order to decide if you wish to move forwards with counselling.
Ongoing sessions will be agreed by us, choosing a day and time that suits us both. I start work at 12pm and finish at 8pm, Tuesday to Thursday and then from 9am to 12pm on Fridays. It is great if we can agree to a regular day and time for continuity, however, I understand this is not always possible so will be as flexible as possible.
During your assessment, I will ask you what your goals for Counselling are, as I feel it’s important to know what looks and feels like ‘progress’ to you, and that you are achieving what you set out to achieve.
Clients often ask me how many sessions will be needed and although an exact approximation is difficult, I will always assure clients that regular ‘check ins’ to see how we both feel the therapy is going, are completed every 4 to 6 sessions. Sometimes, short term therapy is enough to deal with the current difficulties, however, therapy has a way of peeling back the layers and sometimes other difficulties arise which can then be addressed.
Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Depression, General counselling, Health related issues, Identity problems, Loss, OCD, Personal Development, Redundancy, Relationships (not a couples counsellor), Self Esteem, Self Harm, Sexual identity, Spirituality, Stress, Women's Issues, Work related issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
1st Class BA Joint Honours
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Advanced Certificate and Counselling Skills and Theory
Certificate in Counselling Theory
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Adv Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Dip Mindfulness Teaching and Practice
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
£FOC initial consultation (45 minutes telephone consultation)
£60 per session (50 minutes)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12pm to 8pm
Friday 9am to 12.30pm
Theoretical approaches include:
Person Centred Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Mindfulness Teaching and Practice