Whatever brings you to counselling, my priority is to ensure that you are carefully listened to with respect. I offer a confidential, safe, compassionate and non-judgemental environment where you can explore your thoughts, learn about yourself and grow. I work on the fundamental principle that ‘talking really helps’.
We all experience difficult times in our lives, or we have issues that are troubling for us to think about. It may be that for you, life is a struggle or a challenge at the moment or there may be specific issues which you would like to think through and now is the right time for you to do that. Over the last year, the pandemic has touched all of our lives in different ways and perhaps you are left worrying about your job, concerned about the health of a loved one, grieving the loss of someone close to you or with thoughts and experiences that you would like to share with someone.
In coming to counselling, you will have the opportunity to share and explore your situation with me. I will encourage and support you throughout the process, ask questions and consider different perspectives with you. This sharing and exploration will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself and how you interact in the world in which you live. Rather than answers and advice coming from me, together we will try to help you identify and access your own inner strength and resources to hopefully enable you to grow and move forward in your life.
I believe that everyone is unique and special. With this in mind, my training and experience enables me to tailor how we work together to meet your individual needs by incorporating several schools of thought and a variety of approaches.
I am able to work with you on either a short-term or long-term basis, this can be discussed when we meet, but whichever way we decide to work together you are not committed to any particular length of time. Some people find that only a few sessions are helpful for them, others come for longer.
The most important thing for you is to find a therapist to work with who you feel safe and comfortable with. If you would like to talk to me informally, without commitment, about how we can work together, please do email or phone me.
As a counsellor, I have worked with adults and young people in the voluntary, public and private sector. I now work in my private practice in Wallington with adults and young people over 16 years old.
My practice is on bus routes and is a 10-minute walk from Wallington train station. Parking is also available on the road outside without restrictions.
My work as a counsellor is also enriched by over 25 years' experience of working, as a nurse, in the NHS with families who are living with complex health problems. I am very experienced in working with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures and it has been a privilege to have worked with a number of families for many years. I feel that this work has been invaluable in underpinning my work in counselling.
Please visit my website to read more about me and my practice or do phone me if you would like to ask a question.
Training, qualifications & experience
1982 Registered Nurse - Adult and Registered Nurse - Child
1990 Introductory Course in Family Therapy
1994 City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teaching Certificate
1995 Advanced Certificate in Counselling,
University of Surrey
1996 Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy,
University of Surrey
1998 Master of Science in Counselling and Psychotherapy as a Means to Health, University of Surrey
1998 Diploma of Higher Education in Community Health Care
2020 Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (ACTO Approved Course)
I am committed to undertaking continuous professional development to further develop my practice.
In my work I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am also fully insured and I have an enhanced DBS
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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