Whatever is troubling you, I am here to listen. My aim is to support you in talking through your concerns and emotions so that you can make better sense of your own thoughts and feelings. By doing so I hope to help you find a positive way forward.
You’ll hear counsellors mention ‘a safe space’ - that’s really about the relationship that we build together, and how it differs from talking to a friend or family member who may have their own feelings and judgements around the issues that are concerning you. I offer such a place, without anyones’ thoughts but your own to consider, where you are better able to explore the personal impacts of your emotions on your daily life.
Having experienced both seats in the counselling room, I understand first hand the importance of feeling trust and safety within the relationship. Having the opportunity to talk through my own issues not only helped me to better understand myself but also led me here, offering the same service to others.
I have experience of working with long and short term clients, dealing with issues ranging from stress at work and bullying to relationship/family concerns and loss. With a background in HR I understand the wide variety of stresses that may arise within the working world. A further particular area of interest and experience for me is infertility and pregnancy loss.
Training, qualifications & experience
With a background in HR, I made a decision a number of years ago to step away from the corporate world. Instead working creatively with textiles and ceramics before gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, through the University of Aberdeen/Persona Training and Development. Prior to that I attended the University of Strathclyde to undertake the COSCA Certificate in Counselling.
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
My standard fee is £45 for each session, with an option of booking 6 sessions in advance for £240.
Choosing a counsellor to work with can be daunting, so I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge, so that we can both get to know a little more about each other before committing to working together. To arrange a session simply get in touch and we can arrange that time.
Sessions are currently all online or by phone in order to maintain social distancing and keep us both safe.