I imagine if you are looking for a counsellor you have a hope that your life can change and it is this hope that will help you take the next step. In these very uncertain times it has never been more important to look after our mental health as well as our physical health. I am an MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor, a Supervisor and Trauma Specialist, registered with the UKRC and have over 20 years background in the clinical field. I have provided telephone and online counselling for many years, which is an excellent alternative to face to face sessions at this time. I offer professional care and support to individuals, couples and groups wishing to explore emotional difficulty or distress in a variety of issues. The overall intention is to help you to enhance your emotional health & personal well-being.
Working within the BACP ethical framework my aim is to provide a therapeutic relationship that enables you to feel confident and safe to explore and resolve issues which are driving your thoughts and emotions and limiting your life. I offer short term, solution focussed and longer term therapy as well as telephone and on- site support to individuals and organisations that have been effected by trauma and critical situations.
People generally seek out counselling and psychotherapy with a need to alleviate some current, on-going stressor or to address the root of a problem. The therapy will essentially assess where you are, formulate specific and realistic goals, and facilitate the process of you achieving these goals, or maybe to find a more satisfying way forward.
My approach is friendly whilst professional and my philosophy and practice is integrative. Informed by and experienced in several psychological theories including, cognitive-behavioural therapy and EMDR.This means that I can offer the type of therapy with individually tailored techniques to promote understanding, and enable change and well-being to follow.
I previously worked in the Priory Hospital as the Senior Counsellor on the Eating Disorder Unit this incorporated the 12-Step and CBT therapy programme of recovery for clients. I have also worked for one of the UK’s leading EAP’s (Employee Assistance Programme) in a dual role of Critical Incident/Clinical Case Manager. Prior to this my background incorporated working with children and families, counselling young adults in an educational setting and working with bereaved children, adults and families. I am also a BUPA and Aviva Recognised Therapist, meaning I can offer therapy to clients who are covered under these Insurance Schemes.
I am a qualified Supervisor and welcome qualified practitioners, groups or students to my practice. I can offer you creative ways of looking at your client work. If you are a health care practitioner, I can provide you with effective and creative supervision to enhance your work.
I have up to date DBS clearance
I work from a calm, comfortable, spacious, well equipped dedicated counselling room with a waiting room and washroom facilities. There are ample parking facilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Client Centred Therapy
Diploma in Case Work Supervision
Diploma in Clinical Supervision
A Level Psychology
EMDR Levels 1, 2 and 3
Critical Incident and Stress Management
CRUSE Bereavement specialist counselling for children
Trained to work with the 12 Step programme
Experience of working with groups, couples and young adults
Extensive experience in the provision of on site and telephone Critical Incident support for managers, staff and organisations
I have compiled and delivered a one day training programme for managers in Defusing Skills in response to traumatic incidents
Numerous training days and personal development covering a variety of subjects and presenting issues.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Management Support and Consultancy
Critical Incident Response
Defusing support following critical or traumatic event
individual counselling clients £50 per session and Couples £60 per session.
Individual supervision £60 per hour.
Reduced rates for HM Forces and student supervisees
I am a BUPA and Aviva Recognised Counsellor and as such am able to provide therapy under these Insurance schemes. I have in depth knowledge of working with EAP's and organisations.