I am a humanistic, person-centred counsellor. What this means is that I don’t direct the therapy and that I believe that relationships help us to heal and find a better path through life; so the relationship between counsellor and client is at the core of the way I work. This is why I always offer a first session free of charge. It gives you the chance to decide if I’m the counsellor for you (and if you decide not to come back, I don’t take it personally and will happily advise you on an alternative).
More specifically, I trained in the theories of Carl Rogers and if you would like to know more about that, I can send you my 10 page summary, “Carl Rogers in a Nutshell”.
But I would never describe myself as an expert. If you work with me, you are the expert on what goes on in your head and in your life. My role is to help you explore whatever is troubling you and maybe see things from a different perspective.
I have only recently moved to counselling, full time, although I qualified in 2012. For the last 10 years I have worked 1 day per week in a school, working with 11 – 18 year olds, alongside running a homelessness charity. In addition to this I have had some private adult clients.
I have a personal history of addiction and experience of the many issues associated with that. In my counselling I have worked with a variety of issues including substance misuse, self-harm, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem and self-worth, existential crises, insomnia, food issues and relationship issues. I have also worked with people who have a variety of clinical and mental health diagnoses, including clinical depression, autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, personality disorders, cancer and organ replacement.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (Practice and Theory)
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I have a variety of post qualification development training but I think listing all of that can be confusing and give the impression that I have expertise that I don't. The best way to find out if I'm any good is to contact me for an initial session. You be the judge.
But the issues I have worked with include Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Neuro-Divergent Conditions, the effects of the Menopause, Self-Harm, Eating Issues, Anger, Addiction and Substance Dependence, Bullying, Obsessive Compulsive behaviours, Relationships and Existential Issues.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a specialism in adolescents, rather than children, working with 13 - 18 year olds. I have worked in a secondary school, 1 day per week for the last 10 years.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£50 per hour but discounted fees are available for student counsellors and people on low incomes.