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About me

I qualified as a psychodynamic counsellor 18 years ago and have worked continuously with adults from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances. I have worked in a wide range of settings including working for many years for a charitable organisations, in GP surgeries and with employee assistance programmes. I undertake both short term and long term work according to your sneeds. During the pandemic, I spoke to a number of clients on the telephone but now see people mainly face to face. I am happy to talk to clients on the phone if they find it difficult to travel to Chelmsford. I see clients in an attractive and peaceful garden room adjacent to my house. 

Psychodynamic counselling is about helping clients to understand how past experiences and behaviour at the present time may be connected. Thoughts and feelings about ourselves, and our relationships with others, can be explored and helpful changes can be facilitated in a confidential and supportive environment.,

Each counselling session lasts for approximately 50 minutes. Sessions are generally held on the same day and time each week, though I always try to be flexible when necessary.  I work all day on Mondays, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings and evenings. 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH ME

This could be by email or on the phone. We will talk about your needs and arrange a convenient time to meet and I will answer any questions you might have about counselling.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST SESSION

In the first session, I will make some informal notes about what is currently going on for you, your childhood history, and what you hope to achieve through the sessions. If you feel that we can work well together, we will then go on to arrange further sessions according to your needs.  There is no commitment to agree on a certain amount of sessions but I would ask that you give 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a session or payment needs to be made. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Chelmsford Counselling Foundation and have worked as a counsellor there for 18 years, as well as undertaking intake assessments for new clients. I became accredited with BACP five years after qualifying. My training was essentially in open ended counselling but I also undertook training to work short term and subsequently worked as an employee assistance counsellor for several years. For the past six years, I have seen private clients at my home. During the pandemic, I spoke to clients on the phone and I continue to do this with clients who find it difficult to travel to Chelmsford.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£35.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

 I would consider reducing my fee for clients on a low income. I would be prepared to make a substantial reduction for refugees living temporarily in the UK.

Further information

I live in a central area, about a mile north of Chelmsford centre, at the end of Broomfield Road, just before Broomfield village. There is plenty of parking on the drive outside my house in this tranquil and safe area. There is a regular bus service which runs from Chelmsford centre to close to my house.  

Chelmsford, Essex, CM1

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Social