MA (Reg. HCPC & BAAT)
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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 currently working with adults in the NHS based within an outpatient setting.
I work with individuals and groups and currently continue to offer therapy support online and via telephone. I offer an initial free telephone consultation lasting approximately 15-20 minutes. If following this telephone call you wish to proceed, then we can arrange to meet online or continue to speak on the telephone for an initial session. In this initial session we will assess whether we feel we can work together and if so, an agreed programme of further sessions can be arranged.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, 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.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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.
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
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 free initial telephone 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.
When I work
Currently I am able to offer evening 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.