Hello, and Welcome,
Facing any struggles or difficulties in life can be hugely daunting and they can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, unsure of what to do and alone. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, I offer a safe and confidential space where you will be heard without judgement or condition. It is important to me that you feel in control of your therapeutic journey. We will work gently and together at a pace set by you.
How will we work?
The potential to heal and to grow is one that is within all of us. When we face personal challenges, this potential can become obscured and difficult to vision or reach. My role is to facilitate a space that allows you to explore and recognise your needs. I do this by offering a genuine and authentic place to be heard, understood and accepted, just as you are and without any conditions.
It can feel risky and unfamiliar to share our troubles – especially with someone we don’t know. This is why I offer a reduced initial 50 minute session. It allows us to get a feel for how it would be to work together without any pressure to commit. If we decide to continue to work with each other we will agree on a day and time for weekly sessions.
Person Centred Approach
The Person Centred approach was created by Carl Rogers in the 1950’s and is a non-directive and humanistic approach. This means the client is self lead throughout sessions, choosing for themselves which therapeutic direction to go in and what parts of themselves to spend time on.
Believing that we are the only experts of ourselves, it is the client who finds their own meanings or solutions; these do not come from the counsellors’ interpretations.
“When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mould you, it feels damn good”
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) for Person Centred Counselling
I attend up to at least 30 hours continuing professional development (CPD) training every year. This complies with the BACP ethical framework that I adhere to. Some training I have attended includes:
- The Foundation for Infant Loss Training
- Attachment in the Counselling Room
- Child Bereavement
- Stress Reduction Based Mindfulness
In 2015 I volunteered at St Wilfrid's Hospice offering bereavement counselling to adults as well as supporting the extension of the service to children and young people by providing bereavement counselling to them too. I volunteered here as a student counsellor and continued to provide vital bereavement support after I qualified.
In 2017 I worked in a GP surgery offering counselling to adults referred through their GP. The support needed was varied from client to client ranging from managing anxiety and family breakdowns through to homelessness and suicidal thoughts.
In 2018 I was employed through a Charity that puts counsellors into both Primary and Secondary schools where I am still currently providing much needed support to 4-17 year olds.
I currently only offer counselling to adults in private 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
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
Each 50 minute session is an investment of £40 payable before the start of each session by BACS. Cash may be accepted in person at the start of each session.
Your first initial 50 minute session will be at a reduced fee of £20.