All of us face difficulties in our lives and this past year has been particularly challenging for many. The pandemic has turned our lives upside down and even though we are now beginning to move out of Lockdown, may I reassure you that feelings of uncertainty, fear and anxiety are normal. However, sometimes the feelings that accompany the anxiety or low mood can be overwhelming and perhaps this is why you have decided to seek counselling at this time.
Or you may have a big decision to make, perhaps you are trying to make sense of a relationship, address hopes or fears for the future or you may simply want to talk and have someone listen. Whatever the reason, well done for taking the first step towards doing something about the difficult emotions that are troubling you.
Finding a counsellor can feel daunting and is an important decision, this is why I am very happy to meet with you for an introductory session, at a reduced rate, to see whether you feel I am someone you would be comfortable working with.
I have 17 years experience of helping people with a wide range of problems. As a fully qualified, integrative counsellor I have a warm, compassionate and non judgemental approach to considering the issues that are preventing us from living happy, fulfilled lives, and we will work together to achieve this. I am confidential and I won't tell you what to do, but I believe that we all have the capacity to change. As an integrative counsellor I am trained to work psychodynamically, humanistically, or using CBT depending on the individual. I have also been trained in creative therapy and this can sometimes be helpful for exploring difficult thoughts and feelings.
Please take a moment to read what some of my clients have written:
Client A - Age 50
I wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for being such a good counsellor. You were so insightful, encouraging and easy to talk to. Thank you for being a brilliant listening ear and for gently helping me to address some significant issues in my life. I have completed the series of sessions with you a stronger, happier, more confident and more resilient man. You have a really special gifting for your work.
Client B - Age 30
'It has been so helpful to have someone to talk things through with and share difficult thoughts and feelings with. I have really valued your reflections and thoughts, suggestions of techniques with which I might be able to begin to change things, and your kind and thoughtful way of listening. Between sessions I found myself thinking ‘I must tell Tracy about this’ or ‘I wonder what Tracy would say about that’, which in turn meant that I began to allow myself to have a different way of viewing things.
Thank you! I really feel I have the tools to begin to make positive changes in my life and move forward, and so much of that has been down to the time we have spent together'
Client C: Age 17
'You helped me realise that it is OK to feel this way. Thank you for understanding me and not judging me, as well as helping me to feel safe. I feel I am on the right track and with hard work and determination I can see myself changing each day'
Client D: Age 50
'Tracy's kind and gentle nature was the perfect forum to share the troubles that were on my mind. She has a great way of making you feel safe again after years of listening to negative self talk. I cannot thank her enough'
Client E: Age 21
'Counselling with Tracy has helped me to look at my thoughts and emotions. It has helped me to communicate with people about my feelings without getting angry all the time. Having counselling has made me realise that I am not alone and has helped me to trust someone again'
Client F: 35
Tracy was kind and helpful and I would definitely recommend her to anyone. She helped me through a difficult time and I was able to understand that I didn't have to 'fix' everything and everyone!'
Client G: 45
'Thank you Tracy for being so kind and understanding and making me realise it is OK to ask for help. The thing I found most useful was talking through and coming up with strategies that I can use easily to challenge some of my negative thoughts.'
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Registered member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors)
- Dip in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- Full Professional Insurance
- DBS checked
My background is in Pastoral Care and I have extensive experience of working with parents, teenagers and young people.
I have a specific interest in dementia and supporting those who are affected by dementia, including family and friends.
As part of my private practice I take referrals from a GP Surgery and I have worked as a counsellor within the NHS and privately with cancer patients and their carers. I also work with parents referred from local Children's Centres.
I am fully committed to continuous professional development and over the last year I have completed the following training:
On-line and telephone Counselling Course
Single Session Therapy
Trauma and Grounding Techniques
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Living with Loss
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
- Introductory Session £25
- Subsequent 50 minute sessions £50
- Some concessions for students and if you are unemployed
I am available during the day time and some evenings .
Timing of Sessions
Each session will last 50 minutes and is usually weekly. It is entirely your choice how long you come for counselling. Short term work (6 - 20 sessions) can help you address a specific issue or provide space and time for you to work through a crisis. Longer term work may be more appropriate to address more deep seated, complex problems - childhood abuse or chronic depression, for example.
During the past year, like most counsellors, I have moved to work via Zoom but I also do some 'walk and talk' sessions with clients which are proving popular. Face to face work is also now possible again.
Please e-mail me or call to ask any questions you need to and if you would like to we can arrange for an introductory session for you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.