I consider we are an array of emotions and moods and at times can feel anxious or low, perhaps due to something that is currently happening in our life or perhaps we are not sure why we feel that way, only that something feels not quite right. By sharing that experience with someone not within our family/friendship circle, helps to bring understanding and a sense of balance back into our life.
The way I work is to focus upon you and what you would like to bring to the session. My approach is integrative, drawing upon different ways and perspectives of understanding, such as why we think, feel and behave the way we do. Part of the work will sometimes look at how the past may be playing out in the present, which brings a greater understanding of what might be causing any distress and/or relationship difficulties. Once we begin to understand ‘why’, we can work towards making changes to a more, healthier way of living.
My experience has been with many different presenting difficulties and client backgrounds - young people and adults - seeing each client as an individual with their own story and experience. I have worked within University settings managing and teaching counsellor training courses, as well as clinically leading within counselling agencies.
Our first session gives opportunity to see if the way I work meets with what you are looking for and if we 'connect' - research informs us that the better connection within the therapeutic relationship, the more beneficial the counselling becomes. This is also where we will explore and discuss what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve from the process. Some background information and assessment elements will also take place on our first session.
All sessions carry a fee of £50, including the first session, however, if preferred, before booking a session, I do offer a brief 10 minute telephone consultation free of charge
The space is warm, confidential and focuses upon meeting your individual needs
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications - University of Leicester:
BA Hons in Professional Counselling
HE Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling
HE Certificate in Counselling
- Course Director and Lecturer at the University of Leicester
- Clinical Lead - Counselling and Mediation Service
- Consultant Therapist - Multi-Agency organisation for Looked After Children
- Private and voluntary practice
- Teaching to organisations, particularly in secondary traumatic stress, mental health awareness and managing stress and change
- Clinical Supervision to individuals, groups and organisations
- Director and Tutor at Leicester Vaughan College (LVC)
I have been practising as a counsellor for over 15 years, working in different settings and roles:
- private independent practice; voluntary settings; counselling agencies; educational settings (teaching trainee counsellors)
My experience includes working with many different presenting issues and difficulties, with both young people and adults.
I also provide clinical supervision to trainee and professional counsellors
I have managed a counselling agency and continue to offer consultation to agencies regarding clinical policy, procedure and practice
Accredited and Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have significant experience of working with clients that are affected by working with trauma and so become 'secondary traumatised'. This is particularly applicable to those working within a caring role e.g. medics, nursing, police officers and carers
My fees are:
£50.00 per session for counselling
£60.00 per session for Supervision
I am available at all three locations throughout the week:
Leicester - Leire - Loughborough
Loughborough situated in north Leicestershire with good transport links from the A46; A6 and M1, as well as train and bus routes from Leicester City Centre