UPDATE: I am continuing work remotely during the many changes taking place within the Covid pandemic. I am experienced in holding Skype and Zoom online video link counselling, and have done for many years. This means you can remain in your home if you are self-isolating or worried if you live or care for vulnerable people.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Humanistic Counsellor & Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. I am also qualified to diploma level in mindfulness and hypnotherapy relaxation techniques, which I can offer you as part of a package within your counselling sessions, to support you with your continual growth.
What I am committing to you in counselling:
I don't judge you and I don't discriminate. I am empathetic and I am approachable and friendly in my work with you. I will help you explore your past and present issues building self-awareness and understanding, and support and help you find new ways of thinking and coping.
Are you experiencing anxiety and/or depression? It is uncomfortable and debilitating for every day life. I support people with anxiety and depression attached to many issues and specialise in Relationship OCD (ROCD).
Over the past 10 years I have developed a successful working therapeutic model to support people that experience ROCD, that has been well received. Distressing and intrusive thoughts around your relationship can be very debilitating and affect your day 24/7, affecting your self worth, self confidence and self esteem, leading to stress, anxiety and panic attacks. My therapeutic programme continues to develop and can be tailored to your own individual needs within your journey of overcoming and working with ROCD. There are practical tasks you can undertake yourself in between sessions that can be very useful in your progress as, from my experience, consistency in building self-awareness and reaching achievable goals is key. Please read my article on ROCD if you feel this is an issue affecting you.
I also support people that live with long term medical conditions and how that affects their mental health - for example HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Ataxia, Fibromyalgia, cancer and others. Anxiety, depression or general low mood affects day to day living with such conditions and people often worry also about others perceptions of them. I can help you manage and explore these feelings and support you in finding effective ways of coping.
You are a unique individual and I will work with you to tailor your therapy to your needs.
The professional info you might like to know:
I adhere to the ethical standards for safe therapeutic practice as a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have successfully been working within my counselling career via face-to-face and Skype online for several years. (Online therapy is a useful consideration if you are limited on time, transport issues, live in a remote area for example).
If you would like to contact me via email or telephone I am very happy to discuss my therapeutic approach with you to help you decide how I can support and work with you and reply to you confidentially.
Some problems are difficult to deal with and it can be hard to know which way to turn or who to talk to. Advice from friends or family can be well-meant but even that can sometimes confuse the situation and you can find yourself running round in circles!
I will help you come to terms with distressing and traumatic events and help you find effective ways of dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression - a common problem that can affect anyone with the stresses of everyday life! Many people find "mental health issues" remain stigmatised in today's world - I hope to help you off-load what some may consider even a "small problem" - but it may not be to you. A chance to off-load your worries and share with an independent and caring person can go a long way to increase your well-being.
What happens in Counselling
I offer you the opportunity to discuss issues that are impacting your life in a professional way. I will not judge you but I will accept you for who you are and provide a safe environment to work together.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 5 Diploma in CBT (CPCAB, 2010)
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB, 2009)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB, 2007)
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB, 2006)
- Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health (City & Guilds, 2007)
- Certificate in Proficiency - Registered Member of the BACP (BACP, 2013)
Hypnotherapy Practitioner (2018)
Diploma in Mindfulness Techniques
Certificate in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
Certificate in Setting Boundaries
Certificate in Lone Working
Certificate in Disability Awareness
Certificates in understanding and working with Autism
PFOA approved Counsellor
Extensive personal and studied research into OCD and Intrusive Thoughts.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Relationship OCD (ROCD)
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£50 per 50 minute session - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30am - 7.30pm.
£60 per 50 minute session - Weekends by arrangement.
If you are struggling with financial commitments or looking for private therapy because of long NHS waiting lists and immediate concerns please contact me. I have some appointments available at concessionary rates subject to availability
Mornings, Afternoons or Evenings and Weekends by arrangement
I am happy to carry out counselling for you by Skype, email or telephone.
If I miss your call I will call you back at my first opportunity, so please leave a short message.