About me

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Do you ever get the feeling that something just isn't quite right, but you can't put your finger on it? Do you find yourself more and more often retreating to be by yourself?   Maybe you find yourself overwhelmed by distorted and often unhelpful ways of thinking. Are you behaving in ways that seem out of character or self-sabotaging which can sometimes lead to:

  • Depression
  • Prolonged periods of unexplained sadness & low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Anger Issues
  • Impacting work, social, family, school life
  • Lack of self-esteem and self-belief
  • Breakdowns
  • Isolation

Perhaps you have experienced or are currently going through something life changing and you are unsure how to cope with it or come to terms with it.

Whatever it is that brings you to my page; I want you to know that you do not have to do all of this on your own. As a fully trained and registered Counsellor; I aim to offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where together, we can work though those difficult aspects of your life.  I will be by your side whilst you identify helpful shifts in familiar patterns of thought, language and behaviour and support your process of making positive changes in your life and moving forward.

I work with individuals living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and I have had success in supporting those individuals build resilience, reduce anxiety and find creative ways to help them understand themselves and their trigger points.

I co-facilitate Group Programmes which has seen high success rates in reducing symptoms of anxiety in its severest form.

EATING DISORDERS

I have completed the Masters Practitioner Programme in Eating Disorders & Obesity. The training is through the National Centre for Eating Disorders, which is a world renowned centre with training accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). For more information about this kind of support, please visit my website.

ABOUT ME

I believe in you being the expert of your world, so we will work with what you bring. The focus and the aim of our work will be decided by you and my hope is that I can provide you with a space that empowers you to talk about things that are causing you unease and distress. I will support you in helping you to understand yourself; find answers for your problems and thereby make positive changes.

I work in an integrative way and this means I will draw on different approaches and ways of working in order to best suit and honour your unique and individual needs.

I hold enhanced DBS clearance which allows me to work with different client groups; including adults, young people and children.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

I hold professional registration with both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Counselling Society (NCS).

Covid-19 Secure*

Covid-19 has provided the backdrop to a time that many continue to find very unsettling.
My practice is Covid-19 secure and I adhere to government guidelines to ensure safe practice for both you and I; therefore I am offering face to face appointments. However, I understand that this may not feel right for you at this time so I am also able to offer telephone or virtual appointments.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Continued Professional Development

  • Master Practitioner Qualification in Eating Disorders & Obesity (NCFED, course accredited by BPS)
  • Mental Capacity, Mental Health Act and Learning Disabilities
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Enhanced Safeguarding Adults - NHS
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children - NHS
  • Cert Trauma Risk Management Training
  • Safeguarding Supervision for Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults
  • Working with Dreams 
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and ASD
  • Erotic Transference & Counter-Transference
  • Working With Shame & Guilt

I am committed to ongoing training and personal development.

WORK EXPERIENCE

After several years of working in the emegerncy services, care professions and more recently in a Mental Health setting in the NHS; I now dedicate my time solely to my own private practise.  I also work with several Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP).

I have worked in various mental health settings including Alternative Provisions, where I worked with individuals with significant emotional dysregulation and attachment difficulties.

As a mental health outreach worker for Mind; I supported individuals who were transitioning from Tertiary Mental Health services back into community support services.  I collaborated with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to identify community services that could provide a key role in supporting people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

Prior to my counselling training I worked in the police service for over 10 years.  It was here that I first became fascinated in coping mechanisms especially when put under extremely stressful and sometimes traumatic circumstances.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Counselling:

Initial Assessments: £50 per 1 hour session

Therapy Sessions: £45 per 50 minutes. 

I have limited concessions for those on a reduced income.

Eating Disorder Treatment:

Initial Consultation/Assessment: £80 for 1.5-2hours

Therapy Session: £65 per 50 minutes.

Please get in touch to discuss your options.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Both day time and evening appointments are available.

Please get in touch for an informal chat to discuss how I can support you.

Further information

I know first hand how daunting this first step can feel and I want you to know that trust is central to the way I work; so if you are not sure or you have more questions about me or the way I work, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Rochford
Essex
SS4

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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