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About me

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”

- Albert Camus

I feel that counselling becomes a catalyst for change when you are being truly heard.

I am here to listen.

I provide a space for you to start looking at the reasons and root causes of the issues that have brought you to counselling in the first place. It might be the loss of a loved one, the breakdown of a relationship, a tendency towards self-destruction, a short or long history of depression, a rising anxiety, that brings you into counselling. It may even be a simple curiosity, a wish to understand yourself better. In any case, and for whatever reason, counselling aspires to help guide you through by providing a safe and confidential space from which to do so.

As a counsellor, my aim is to help shine a light on your past, perhaps on areas that have been in the dark for too long, so that we can experience how your present is impacted by your past, and consequently make the necessary adjustments. My role involves a creativity that endeavours to assist you in coming to terms with your story, feeling more autonomous in the choices you make, and ultimately more empowered.

I am here to help in your process of coming to terms with things, so that you can start to live a fuller life; more aware, more alert, and more alive.

“Sometimes, all you need is permission to feel. Sometimes, what causes the most pain is actually the attempt to resist feeling, or the shame that grows up like thorns around it.”

- Olivia Laing, The Lonely City

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). I adopt an integrative approach to my work, meaning I bring a variety of therapeutic models and methods together in a cohesive and fluid manner. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its Code of Ethics and attend regular supervision with a qualified supervisor to ensure my counselling work is both ethical and effective.

I am very interested in creativity – particularly writing, which I have studied at post-graduate level – and will always encourage an explorative and creative approach to the understanding and unveiling of ones own sense of self.

  • Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (BCPC)
  • Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC)
  • Masters in Creative Writing (Bath Spa University)

I have six years experience of working in short and long-term counselling with, but by no means limited to, the following issues:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Life stages
  • Loss
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Self-harm
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Prices are per fifty minute appointment.

  • £50 per session.
  • Concessionary rates might be available. Please enquire.

When I work

Appointments Mondays to Thursdays. Limited evening availability.

Further information

Contact me to see if there are any concessionary slots available.

Bristol, Somerset, BS7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults