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Counsellor to Individuals and Couples - online

About me

Counsellor to Individuals and Couples

Online sessions by Zoom.

I provide a safe and confidential space where feelings such as depression, anger, stress and anxiety can be expressed and explored and, in time, resolved. Emotional states arising from experiences such as abuse, neglect, loss, lack of bonding, conflict or difficulties of any kind can be understood while working toward healing, and the ability to live each day without old burdens or inner stress.  It is imperative that you control the pace of this work so that it is right for you.

This process of allowing space for inner experience can enable you to strengthen trust in your own inner guidance and bring a new perspective. I believe that it is through self-understanding and recognition of our feelings, without judgement, that change can occur.   Although this may at times be difficult, through understanding our inner world we can develop a more compassionate relationship with ourselves, and therefore also with others.

Following the initial introductory session, if you decide to continue I usually advise a commitment of a minimum of 6 sessions. This gives the counselling process the opportunity to develop and enables you to more easily assess whether our way of working is right for you. The length of the counselling (which is up to you) then becomes open-ended.  If you would like an initial, brief talk by phone or by Zoom, for which there is no charge, please do not hesitate to request this.  Just include this when you contact me.

In working with couples my approach is to focus on assisting you to find what is happening within each of you that is in the way of mutual understanding. As I am sure you would appreciate, this will involve how well you are able to hear each other, how safe it is to really say what you feel in response to each other, and whether it feels okay to express what you need and want.  Underlying all this are the messages we grew up with and those (mostly) early experiences which form the basis of how open we are to emotional intimacy.

Training, qualifications & experience

In the early 1990s I trained in Melbourne, Australia, in Somatic Psychotherapy. I also studied in London, where I have lived for over 20 years, and hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling and a Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

I have also trained in the Rewind Technique for trauma and PTSD.

I am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by its ethical standards (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/).

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

Fees

£70.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Online sessions: £70 for 50 minute sessions for individuals and £90 for 60 minute sessions for couples.

The first appointment gives you the opportunity to decide if I am the right counsellor for you, and for me to sense if our working together would be helpful for you.



Further information

Concessions may be available if your income has been affected by the present economic situation.

Woking, Surrey, GU21

Waterloo, Central London, SE1

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair access is available at London Bridge.

Online platforms

Zoom

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