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MBACP (Accred)

About me

Life can sometimes throw us curve balls when we least expect them; a bereavement, a job loss, stress, anxiety, family issues, losing a pet, ill health or just feeling sad to name a few. When this happens it can sometimes have an overwhelming impact on how we are living our lives. Talking to friends/family never quite seems to help us as they often suggest solutions or never really seem to "hear" what we are saying.

This is a time when counselling could perhaps benefit you.

I offer a safe, warm, peaceful space, in my home, where you can come to explore the curve ball you've been thrown. Often that one incident has triggered memories and emotions that have been hidden away in us or we thought we had dealt with and they may have re surfaced or we just might not be able to work out why we "don't feel quite right".

The counselling style I use is Integrative, which means your therapy will be tailored to your needs. Counselling is a collaborative, encouraging, warm and hopeful process. You may want time limited work or you may want the freedom to explore much of your life and work open ended. The work is about you and what your needs are.

I am an accredited therapist with over ten years experience. I have worked with children, young people and adults both in my Private Practice and for several charities. There are not many issues that I have not worked with. Some include: Loss, work related stress, bereavement, adjusting to life with children, coping with carers responsibilities, loss of a beloved pet, abuse, illness, sexual abuse in adulthood and childhood, poverty, loss of a child, separation and divorce. I am currently specialising in psychosexual and relationship therapy as I am doing post graduate training with the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

Counselling takes courage, you have it, as you are here looking for a therapist. Well done. You are on the way to taking control of your feelings and moving forward with your life.

Please feel free to contact me, with no obligation, with any questions you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2005 - 2009 Braintree College.
Various training courses with Place2Be: Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Child and Adult Safeguarding, Solution Focused Work, Group Work.
London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.

Experience over last ten years:

First Stop - Working with and counselling people from disadvantaged backgrounds, mental health issues, loss of work.
Place2Be Charity - School Project Manager, counselling children 4 -11 years old, Supervising other counsellors.
Counselling parents - issues include loss, poverty, bereavement, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, not being able to get work, children's behaviour, emotional abuse, divorce, miscarriage, loss of a child, loss of a beloved pet.
Private Practice - Young people, adults couples. Issues include bereavement, divorce and separation, work related stress, generalised anxiety, anxiety, stress, depression, relationship and psychosexual issues.
Mind in West Essex.
The Change Project in Chelmsford.
NHS Psychological Therapist.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

From £55 a session. (I do offer some concession sessions, please contact me for details.)

When I work

Monday - Friday evening appointments and Saturday mornings.

Further information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Dunmow, Essex, CM6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme