Finding the right counsellor for you
The relationship between you and your counsellor is unique, just like you are, and that's why its so very important to find one that you are comfortable with. There is so much more to it than you talking and me just listening - it's about really getting to know you, where you are in your world right now, with whatever is going on, however overwhelming or tough that may seem. Rest assured, there is no "right" way to feel or be, and its perfectly ok not to feel ok, to be angry or upset amongst other things.
The last couple of years have been particularly tough for lots of us on so many different levels.
Maybe you're finding things difficult in general, feeling isolated and lonely or just plain old lost?
Maybe you are struggling with finances, family or relationship issues or are feeling anxious about the future?
You might have been directly touched by Covid-19 yourself or have lost a loved one?
Whatever your difficulty there is no problem that is either too great or so small that it cannot be shared.
A little about me and how I work
I became a counsellor quite late on in life after many years in healthcare, where I have supported individuals and their families at some of the most difficult and challenging times of their lives. I've also had my own share of tough times too and it's fair to say that I've seen people at both their very best but also at their worst. However I think it is these very experiences that help me to connect at a deeper level with others in their time of need. I know just how important it is to really be heard and have your feelings acknowledged, not dismissed, ignored or judged in any way. I know myself just how frustrating it can be when you feel you are being disregarded, undervalued, ignored or belittled.
I work in what's known as an integrated way, drawing on different theories and techniques, but what is always at the heart of my work is you - it's about your needs, working at your pace and depth, not mine. Life can certainly be tough and there is no need to struggle alone - I might not have the answers but I can certainly sit with you through the storm.
Counselling generally works most effectively with weekly sessions, certainly in the early stages. That gives us time to build our relationship and keeps some momentum going, but with space in-between to allow you to process. In our 24/7 world I appreciate that not everyone is able to commit to the same time each week and so I am willing to be as flexible as my schedule will allow. You do not need to commit to a set number of sessions and we can plan your therapy as your circumstances and commitments dictate.
How does it happen ?
I currently offer both telephone counselling and walk and talk sessions along the beautiful Romney Marsh beaches. Outdoor therapy is a great way to give yourself space and time to think and many find it less intense than in a traditional therapy room type setting.
Telephone counselling is certainly not a second best option and it can have huge benefits such as reduced travel times for you with therapy happening from the comfort, safety and convenience of your own home. Some find it has a different intensity to direct face to face work and allows them to feel more in control. It's great if you have with home commitments or travel difficulties, or if you have anxiety about leaving home. For those with a very busy schedule where time is crucial, it can be real lifesaver.
Walk and talk sessions allow for closer physical contact but without the intensity that you may feel when in a traditional therapy room setting. It allows for greater space to think and process and can sometimes feel less intimidating. These sessions are not about about exercise or nature as such, but instead are about utilising the outdoor space - perfect for our current situation. The British weather of course plays its part and sessions are open to be changed to telephone if the weather is simply too awful to venture outside! The route and locations are discussed and planned before hand so there are no surprises or we can simply sit and enjoy the sunshine if you prefer.
Where do I start ?
You're already in the right place so feel free to browse as many profiles as you wish until you find someone you like the sound of - in some ways its no different to looking for any other service and you need to feel confident and comfortable with your choice.
I offer a 20mins free session to outline how the process works, see how we might fit together and to ensure that my skills meet your needs. It's also your chance to check me out to ensure that you are comfortable with me and able to connect. Please feel free to give me a call, I'd love to hear from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Professional Counselling
Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Practitioner
I currently continue to work within the field of Occupational Health nursing as well as counselling for a local charity alongside my private practice counselling work.
I see learning as a continual necessity so am active with CPD - I took a Prescribing Lifestyle Medicine Course via The Royal College of General Practitioners in 2020, have just completed a Certificate in Telephone and Online Counselling and adhere to industry guidance in respect of ongoing supervision and training.
I am currently fully insured to practice as a counsellor and hold a DBS check - copies are available on request.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic health conditions and disabilities
Free initial telephone session
£45.00 per 50 mins session
1.5 hr sessions are available by prior arrangement at £70.00
Concessionary sessions for students may be available on request
I offer some early morning sessions and some Saturdays.
If I am unable to take your call I aim to get back to you within the next 24 working hours, likewise in response to emails.