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MBACP Psychotherapeutic counselling

About me

Before training as a counsellor, I taught in mainstream, then in special education for many years.  Working to support children, adults and young people (3-19) and often their families, together with my own often challenging life experiences, led to my becoming a therapist. I love working with people, with all that they bring to therapy and seeing powerful change taking place.

Living brings challenges which can feel overwhelming, and sometimes life itself begins to feel the same.  I believe people have enormous potential to respond successfully to life's struggles. However, personal resource can become depleted, bringing anxiety, depression, feelings of low self esteem, relationship difficulties,  grief or a deep sadness.  At times there is a sense of being lost or disorientated, unable to take the next steps.  Having support to find your way again on life's journey can be immensely comforting and reassuring.

Therapy is also a journey.  It leads to greater clarity, autonomy and confidence in managing the sometimes enormous difficulties which arise from  being human and doing the best we can to live our one life.

Relationship is key

My approach is tailored to meet varying and changing needs. It has always been firmly rooted in the warmth and compassion of a strong therapeutic relationship. Seeing the profound shifts that take place in people's lives as a result of therapeutic process is an enormous blessing and privilege. 

Because I know that central to the change process is the relationship between us, I offer an initial consultation free of charge to see if you feel comfortable to start our work together. I continue to work with those seeking long or short term therapy and who bring a multitude of life stories and experiences to our work together.

What happens?

Initially

At first, people frequently need to talk, to tell their story and to hear it for themselves.  It is an unburdening which can be exhausting and, at the same time, an enormous and incredible relief.  Life experience so far, and its range of  events over many years, works in tandem with my theoretical and practical training as a therapist. Listening without judgement and with warmth and empathy on my part, encourages the process of explanation and unburdening to unfold. Sometimes this is with much momentum, sometimes very gradually or at variable speeds and intensity.  However, sometimes people may find it hard to begin; everything may feel knotted, lumpish, solid with no obvious way in.  There is always a way in and we find it together.

Then...

Sometimes, near the beginning, a plan with goals is the best route forward.  Sometimes, the plan becomes apparent  as the process of reflection and gaining new insights take shape.  Sometimes, a plan is not what is wanted or needed and the journey begins to map itself.  Everyone's story is so very different.  Regular reviews are an essential part of the process to discuss changes in direction and/or your desire for greater or less challenge as the work progresses.

The way that I work with you

As an integrative therapist, I tailor therapeutic approaches to meet individual needs and at your pace. Alongside various talking modalities, other forms of process can be extremely beneficial. Language is wonderful but sometimes not everything is available to the flow of words.  So, symbols, images, sensations, can be more helpful.  Awareness and deep change often take place when working in this way at points on the journey. The psyche is miraculous in its constant effort to bring about balance. It has many languages. 

We work with whatever you bring, exploring the present, sometimes with reference to the past and an eye on the future.  Time is not only linear so it doesn't serve us well to keep it split like this.  New ways of seeing, understanding, thinking and being emerge. You then have greater choice about how you respond to life with its immense struggles and its joys.  Knowledge of yourself grows.  Fresh potential is discovered; life begins to feel more fulfilling again and a greater sense of wellbeing develops. 

If you would like to find out more or to book an initial session, please go to my website or you are most welcome to email me with any queries.  Please check your spam folder if you don't see a reply within 5 days.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma Integrative Counselling
  •  Diploma Sandplay Therapy (Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists) ongoing.
  • Embodied Psychotherapy (ongoing)
  • B.Ed (Hons) 1985 Nottingham
  • Telephone and online counselling training

I work with adults, elders, teens, pre teens. I work in private practice and a charity for which I have  worked 3 years.  

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Climate crisis anxiety

Fees

From £35.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Standard fee: £40 for 60 minutes.  Reductions for block bookings.

Reduced fee: from £35.

I also have a few places at a further reduction. Please contact me to discuss. 

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am able to offer some mornings from 7:45. Please email me with any queries. 

Some of the above days are currently full so there may be a waiting time before sessions can be booked. 

Further information

I work from Nautilus Rooms, Totnes, which is a beautiful therapeutic space in the heart of the town. 

I also work in Newton Abbot (contact me for further details) and in Torquay by arrangement.

I aim to reply to queries within 48 hours. Please check your SPAM as emails may drop in there.

The Nautilus Rooms, 35A Fore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5HN

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype