Counselling can be helpful for a number of different life difficulties such as anxiety, depression and family and relationship issues. Often in life we need to re-think or re-evaluate where we are going or who we are - you do not have to be in crisis for counselling to be of help to you. I aim to support you to be the best possible version of your self.
I become a counsellor around 20 years ago and I have experienced many of the problems a full and busy life can give you. I wantled to support other people in making good life choices and to live happy and fulfilling lives free from difficulties that restrict them.
Becoming a counsellor meant completing many years of training and I completed my first Diploma which was based on Carl Rogers Person Centred approach in 2002.
I continued to study Eric Bern’s Transactional Analysis (TA) which is an easy to understand model of communication based on the idea we can all learn how to understand why we act and think in a certain way when other people are around us. It’s helpful in both professional and personal relationships that feel difficult for some reason and we just can’t seem to fathom out why.
I have also a completed an Integrative Diploma in Counselling which means I use a number of well know approaches in my work. These include the Person Centred approach (PC), Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I also use mindfulness and meditation techniques to help support a person become more aware of the present moment and to relax and enjoy some 'being' time.
I have previously worked in Oxfordshire schools as a counsellor and co-ordinator as well as running my Private Practice (Great Western Counselling and Psychotherapy) which is on the outskirts of Didcot in Oxfordshire.
I have an interest in the difficulties of parents looking after children with additional support needs and how these affect the whole family.
I have also worked for a number of organizations supporting young people and victims of crime as well as mothers experiencing difficult feelings after the birth of a child. I have also worked for the NHS as a counsellor working within GP surgeries.
I am an Accredited Member of the The National Counselling Society (NCS)
I work from a light and spacious garage conversion next to my house with bathroom facilities and room for social distancing.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications are as follows
- Certificate in Counselling
- Diploma in the Facilitation of Personal Development
- Foundation Year Transactional Analysis
- Year Two Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Year Three Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
I have almost 20 years’ experience working with young adults, child and family services as well as victims of crime. I have work within schools supporting and counselling the families of service personal.
I myself use mindfulness meditation and teach this as part of my practice for those interested in learning this gentle technique.
I am also trained in peer counselling and personal development and run local and national workshops to support the network.
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
Bowel disorders (including IBD-IBS)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Post Natel Depression
Concessions offered for
My Fees are £50.00. Fees for couples requiring joint sessions are £65.00.
Normal cancellation policy applies and this is discussed in the initial session.
Please contact me for information regarding times and general availability.
Currently sessions are available both day and some evenings
Parking is possible either on the drive or directly outside my house.