I am an experienced and qualified counsellor. I believe it is very important to feel comfortable working with a counsellor with whom you have a relationship built upon trust, openness and honesty, where you can feel at ease and accepted without judgement.
I offer an initial free telephone consultation where we can discuss any questions you may have around counselling. This is important so we can identify together how therapy can be useful to you. Additionally, in the consultation, I explain how I work and what you can expect from me.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about many issues. I am aware that anxiety (GAD) and depression has become a far greater problem for many people, particularly younger people including those of school and college age.
The lockdown has sadly put a strain on many couples and family relationships.
Adding to these issues is the very difficult situation we have found ourselves in regarding bereavement, not being able to see our loved ones and grieve in the normal way.
These issues are on top of health concerns, work stress, panic attacks, low mood, drop in confidence or self-esteem to mention just a few.
Life’s events can be difficult to deal with at times. My aim is to offer a safe and supportive environment where you will feel able to freely talk about the issues that brought you to counselling. It is often easier to talk about these kind of issues with a person (Counsellor) who is independent from friends and family.
I am aware it can feel quite daunting to make the decision to contact someone. However you contact me, whether email, text or phone, I will get back to you as quickly as possible to discuss your enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have many years of experience counselling in a variety of settings including the NHS, Lift Psychology, and private practice, adult and children’s charities, schools, colleges and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre. I am currently working alongside Splitz offering therapy for victims of sexual abuse and assault .
I practice as an integrative counsellor, which means that I work with many therapeutic techniques and methods to suit the individuality of my clients. These methods include CBT, person centred and mindfulness.
I have experience of working with young people (11-18 years) in both group settings and individually with issues such as anxiety, gender and sexuality, low mood and low self esteem.
I also regularly work with couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties.
- Level 1, 2 & 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
I attend regular supervision and am committed to regular Continual Professional Development (CPD).
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work to the BACP ethical framework.
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
Pre-Trial Therapy, Pet Bereavement
From £40.00 to £50.00
Concessions offered for
Sessions are for 55 minutes.
£45 for adults and £40 for 10-18 year olds.
The fee for couples counselling is £50 per 55 minute session.
Trainee counsellor /student fee is £40 per 55 minute session.
I offer face to face sessions depending on the Covid-19 guidelines. I offer online Zoom and telephone sessions. Appointments are Monday - Friday, day and evening and occasional Saturdays.
I can be easily contacted via email, telephone or a text. If you reach my voicemail it may be that I am in a therapy session. Please leave a message and I will then arrange a convenient time to call you.
I work with adults, couples and young people from the age of 11 years upwards. I am fully insured and have DBS clearance I welcome trainee/student counsellors and I can offer concessions while you are undertaking your own counselling training.
Face to face sessions, (Covid-19 guidelines permitted) are held at my practice, Solace, in calm, private rooms conveniently located at 39 Bath Road, Old Town, Swindon.