About me and my therapy practice
Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling, I will provide an environment where you can explore anything you want to in the knowledge that you can feel totally safe, regardless of what you may wish to discuss.
It should be an empowering process for you, where you learn more about yourself, about how you relate to others and about the person you would like to become.
My Approach to Counselling
I believe we all have the innate resources to fulfil our potential and live satisfying lives. Yet, there are times when we may be unable to see ways through our difficulties.
You can expect me to listen, put you first, to be understanding, respectful and non-judgemental as we talk about the challenges you may be facing. Together we can learn new perspectives and strategies enabling you to cope, or to make changes in your life, if that is what you want to do.
Although mainly person centred, I consider and integrate other theories to compliment my practice such as Emotion Focused Therapy, Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am able to offer short-term, time limited or open-ended therapy, depending upon your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Experience
Over several years, I have worked with many people who have experienced a broad range of complex issues, which they often perceived as insurmountable. However, working with them in a collaborative and supportive way has enabled them to adapt, make their own way, cope and thrive.
I have for many years worked in public sector support services on the front line and at management levels. I have previously worked for a national mental health charity for several years and also a national bereavement service where I still fulfil a training role.
I work within the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for good practice. I maintain my professional competence through continuous personal development; always work ethically within my practice and always with your best interests in mind.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP Accredited).
- Institute of Management Diploma.
- BA (Hons) 2:1 Organisation Studies.
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
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
Available for late afternoon and evenings
Is this for me?
Because finding the right counsellor is important, I offer an optional short initial telephone consultation free of charge, prior to commencement, to discuss whether counselling with me will meet your needs.
It will give us the chance to get to know each other a little and discuss what it is that is bringing you to counselling. Afterwards you are under no obligation to continue with me, as it is just to see if we feel we can work together. How long we might work together will depend on your needs, wishes and the issues you bring. I will always try to work in ways and at your pace so that it is right for you.