About me

I am currently working on-line booking video and telephone Counselling & EMDR services.  

We are not usually taught how to manage the emotional difficulties we experience going through life. Life events can deeply wound us and it's hard to bear difficult feelings on our own. Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy and talk to ourselves very critically and harshly, causing more anxiety.

I am committed to helping you to build a greater emotional resilience, greater self confidence and self compassion. This will allow you to thrive and live a happier life.

EMDR is a well researched protocol to treat trauma and PTSD. It involves using eye movements or bi-lateral tapping. It also offers ways to manage emotional overload and regulate emotions. 

If you experience anxiety, panic, stress, depression, low mood, generalised anxiety disorder, suicidal thoughts, a sense of loss or bereavement or relationship problems, please contact me for a confidential conversation.

I offer short-term focused therapy and have gained my experience working in private practice as well as for the NHS, BUPA and Employment Assistance Programmes. Short-term therapy is very effective for focusing on a particular problem such as anxiety and, working towards a solution.

I offer Long term therapy which is recommended for experiences of trauma and abuse. This is because it is important that you have time to feel safe and build a sense of trust. I have a lot of experience working long term with clients.

I offer EMDR which is a well researched protocol usually used to treat trauma. It follows eight phases and is a contained and thorough piece of work. It is difficult to say how many sessions you may need as it depends upon your history and your symptoms. 

I offer single -sessions for psycho-education and signposting to self-help, Mindfulness and other support systems. 

When working with you, I will:

  • work professionally, confidentially and therapeutically 
  • attune to you and support you to work at emotional depth to support understanding and change
  • help you to identify the goals you want to work towards
  • help you to focus on your problems and work towards a solution
  • help you to look towards the future and put in place resources to support you with any problems that may occur
  • keep my skills and experience up-to-date so that I can work with you effectively
  • risk-assess to decide if online therapy is suitable

The first session is 50 minutes and this is what usually happens:

I'll talk to you about confidentiality and then we talk about how you are feeling and how this is affecting your life. I listen very carefully to what you are saying and together we start to build a picture of what you would like to change in your life and how counselling can support you to make those changes.

Sometimes, clients want to talk about very significant past events that may have caused anxiety, depression, confusion etc. Counselling gives you a safe, contained and non-judgemental space to do just that. Counselling allows you to hear your story and I will support and help you understand and get to grips with your past and help you to look forward, and to make changes and to live a more content life.

I can also talk to you about EMDR and how this may be incorporated into the therapy. 

The type of problems I'm experienced working with:
I am a qualified Counsellor and I have over 14 years experience working with a wide range of problems including - low self-confidence, self-criticism, depression, sadness, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, childhood abuse, sexual abuse, social anxiety, health anxiety, death anxiety, panic, and excessive worrying.

I am experienced working with trauma and use EMDR.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor as I'm really interested in how relationships and attachments formed in childhood can affect our present day relationships. I'm also interested in key life events and can support you to build up resources and resilience to help us when we experience difficulties from events such as a bereavement, abuse or rejection.

EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) can support you to heal the symptoms of trauma such as nightmares, flashbacks, being on hyper-alert, avoidance, negative thoughts, anxiety, low mood, irritability.  Eye movements or bi-lateral tapping also integrates positive thoughts, memories and sensations. It works with thoughts, feelings and body sensations and holds the theory that the brain can adapt and will make positive adaptations through the use of eye movements or tapping. 

Counselling helps you to look at your past and make some sense of it. It's not useful to keep looking back if nothing changes in your present life or in your emotional well being. Learning emotional regulation and ways to respond rather than react, brings about a greater sense of confidence and control.

My qualifications include:

2019 EMDR Parts 1, 2 and 3 

2010: Certificate in Mediation Skills

2007: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (PgD) with Commendation

Certificate in Counselling: CBT & Transactional Analysis

2002: First Class Honours Degree in Psychology with English BSc (Hons)

I also use the following therapies:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Flash Technique: EMDR

Recent Traumatic Event Protocol EMDR

Emotional Freedom Technique
Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

I can help you develop self compassion and emotional resilience.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • EMDR -treatment for trauma
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Compassion - tools to learn self-compassion
  • Emotional Resilience - tools to learn resilience

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Fees

£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • BUPA

Additional information

I am an experienced counsellor and EMDR therapist and my appointments start at £60.

I do offer concessions when I can. These are currently being filled by NHS and first response workers. I do not have any concessions available. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays. 

Currently I have limited availability. Please email me and I can let you know my availability. 

Further information

I keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date by attending workshops, by reading and webinars.

I have completed Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy training.

Leighton Buzzard
Beds
LU7

Nr Dunstable
Eaton Bray, Nr Dunstable
Bedfordshire
LU6

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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