One of the hardest parts about starting your counselling journey is ACTUALLY starting your counselling.
It can be a very confusing time and I hope to make that easier for you. Finding the right counsellor is very important as it can change your whole experience if you pick the wrong one for you.
You need consider what would be the right type of counsellor for you before you even think about the location, fee and availability.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP, who has gained extensive experience working in many areas including:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Historical sexual abuse.
- Personality disorders.
- General feelings surrounding changes in life and work.
- Coping with chronic medical disorders.
- Eating disorders.
- Suicidal ideation.
- Relationship issues.
I currently volunteer at community counselling setting in Canterbury, Kent, but practice privately down the coast in Deal.
My approach is centred around the humanistic theory, with an importance on building a good trust based relationship with the client at the beginning of the counselling process. I feel this is fundamental in helping the client start a positive journey of self-development and a positive outcome to their counselling. As an integrative counsellor I will decide the best way to work with a client and will use skills and methods from other theories including CBT work.
What can you expect on your first session
Once we have an initial conversation over the phone to talk about starting your Counselling, you will be invited to attend an assessment session which will be our first face to face meeting.
In this session we will discuss the reason you want to start counselling and if I believe I can help you with the issues you are coming for. We will also go over some general information gathering questions to get a full picture of what your needs are.
If I think I may not be suitable to proceed as your counsellor, I will go over other options with you and help out with referrals as much as I can.
The counselling process
Once you have started your counselling, we will work together to achieve the results you desire. I offer short and long-term counselling with regular review sessions where we can discuss if you want / need to continue or if you feel ready to start ending your counselling.
All work carried out is strictly confidently and I abide by the Ethical Framework set out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Level 3 in Counselling Skills ABC Certificate.
- Level 2 in Counselling Concepts ABC Certificate.
External counselling training
- Trauma & PTSD.
- Difference & diversity.
- Suicide & Loss.
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
I change £30.00 for a 55 minute session, with the first assessment session FREE
Discounted rates available for people on low incomes and students.
Sessions available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Out of working hours appointments available with the last session starting at 7.00pm