I have worked for over 20 years in health and social care, working in various settings with children, young people and families. More recently, working for a local counselling charity and the NHS with adults in an outpatient setting.
I work with individuals and groups and currently work online and by telephone in response to the pandemic and restrictions placed upon working in person. Please contact me and we can then arrange to meet online or speak on the telephone for an initial session. This is to assess whether we feel we can work together. If so, an agreed programme of further sessions can be arranged.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
My experience includes working with young people and their families who have needed support through early intervention and specialist children's services. I have worked with young people through homeless charities and with interpreters when supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking young people and their families.
Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes and are currently held online. Please contact me and I will try to answer any questions you may have. I like to think creatively and integrate this approach into my practice, you do not need to be an artist but an interest in this can be helpful.
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer a reduced fee initial consultation. Sessions are low cost and student rates may be negotiated. Please get in touch and we can discuss your individual circumstances and agree a fee that you feel is manageable, we can then review this if and when your situation changes.
Currently I am able to offer evening and weekend appointments online or over the telephone. Contact details are also noted on my website: Penguinpsychotherapy.com
You can make an appointment by telephoning or emailing me. We can then arrange to meet online or speak on the telephone for an initial session. This is to assess whether we feel we can work together. If so, an agreed programme of further sessions can be arranged.