If you are comfortable with what counselling is and know what you want from it, scroll down to the heading ABOUT ME to find out more about what I offer. Otherwise read on…
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
1 in 3 people will experience a period of emotional ill health in their lifetime. So you aren't alone. However, it can feel that way and hard to take the first steps to help yourself.
Counselling can be helpful when life experiences and difficulties are getting in the way of us living life fully. We can feel empty, stuck, depressed, confused, anxious – and we just can't seem to get out of the vicious cycle we are in.
Often we don't know what help we need – we just know we're struggling and need help. Telling someone you know may be difficult because it is personal and private, and they may offer their opinion and advice.
Counselling is different. It provides a quiet, supportive and a non-judgemental relationship to work through painful feelings, to grow in self-understanding and confidence, and explore and develop coping strategies by looking at options.
How you're used to being isn't necessarily who you are
Although you can't change what is past, you can leave behind unhelpful patterns of behaviour from that past and live life more fully in the present.
Putting yourself first
People often say they feel guilty investing in themselves. They may be used to caring about the needs of others or for others and feel uncomfortable about focussing on their own needs. In reality the opposite is true. When we invest in (or take care of) ourselves we can come to respect and value ourselves. The act of giving ourselves enough of what we need can enable us to find the energy and resources to manage life, with its complex situations and relationships in ways that are more healthy for both ourselves and others.
I'm a fully insured BACP accredited counsellor and hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I offer counselling and art therapy to adults and young people. and play therapy for children. I practice from private rooms in Knebworth, Hertfordshire. I work integratively - this means I can draw on a range of theoretical approaches and tools to support our work together appropriately. These include CBT, NLP, psychodynamic, gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).
EMDR is of particular value in cases of post-traumatic stress (PTSD). I am an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. I've worked extensively with members of the emergency services, including ambulance personnel, police traffic and firearms officers.
My part in your journey is first of all to help you make sense of what you are experiencing right now so you can understand more about why you are feeling the way you do. From there we can explore how you might want it to be different and work towards achieving those goals so you can live life more fully and freely, in the present, and with more choice about how to be in the world.
These values. along with my ethical obligations and duty of care toward my clients and my profession are the foundations of my commitment to you should you decide to work with me.
Counselling can be delivered equally effectively via several options, to suit your circumstances. Face to face in the same room is probably the one people are most familiar with. However, some clients prefer to have their sessions over the phone or on-line, via Zoom/Skype, and email. This can be for several reasons.
Some people say they feel more comfortable and confident sharing their thoughts and feelings when they are in the privacy of their own space. In this way the quality of the communication and trust between client and therapist can be built gradually and becomes the 'room' in which effective therapy can happen.
In these unusual times when we are all restricted due to the Coronavirus, I continue to offer sessions via Telephone / Video (Zoom or Skype online) and email. Clients whether new or existing can therefore be assured of a continuity of care which is important in attending to your mental health. Even in normal times, these options can also be useful for those juggling time and location commitments; where it's more manageable to find a quiet space in the day for an hour if it's difficult to travel to therapy (for instance if your work often takes you away from home).
Whichever medium you choose for your therapy, the values that underpin my approach to working with clients will be the same. You are in control of the pace and content of what you choose to bring to therapy.
Examples of areas I can help with are:-
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Bereavement and Loss
Low Self Esteem
Low Self Esteem / Confidence
Issues of Identity
Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Separation and Divorce
Making contact by phone, or e-mail if it feels easier, can be a positive first step in the right direction. We can then talk through what you feel you need to know and what you are looking for. This will help you to form an impression, get a sense of me and the way I work, and decide whether you want to book a first session.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Tel. 07771 995509
Training, qualifications & experience
B.Sc. Honours Aberystwyth University
BACP Accredited Counsellor
Higher Diploma in Counselling, Oaklands College, St Albans
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
Foundation Diploma in Psychotherapy Re-Vision, London
NLP Master Practitioner ITS, London
Health Practitioner ITS London
Diploma in Equine Guided Learning
Diploma in Telephone Counselling
Alongside my private practice I have worked with mainstream charities e.g. Mind (adult and young people) and The Place 2 Be (a schools-based charity offering school-based counselling to primary and secondary age children).
I work with a number of employee-support programmes, including the police and ambulance service, where recovery from PTSD is a major issue.
I have worked within three schools in Hertfordshire offering school-based counselling to pupils.
For three years I co-facilitated a programme in Hertfordshire for victims of domestic violence.
I'm also a qualified HR professional and experienced change management consultant. In addition to my practice with individuals I support corporates and their staff to resolve work-related issues that can arise between employer and employee. This includes individual performance coaching, training, outplacement, bullying at work, and issues that come under the Disability and Discrimination Act.
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 offer an initial session for us to explore your needs. Toward the end of that session we can decide together whether there is a good 'fit' between what you want from counselling and your counsellor and whether I can offer the support you need. If you wish to continue, I recommend that you attend weekly sessions for four weeks. At that point we can discuss whether we both feel there is value in your continuing. If we decide to go ahead we will continue with a weekly session and agree another point for review.
Regularity and continuity are important to effective therapy. If for any reason you aren't able to make your session I shall do my best to offer an alternative time in the same week. If you are unable to attend you will be charged for the missed session. If for any reason I am unable to attend your session e.g. for holidays, you won't be charged for that session,
Fee per 50 minute session is £65.00. For children and young people, 30 minute sessions may be more appropriate, for which I charge £30.
Latest (28/3/2020): Many people may be facing reduced income due to coronavirus, particularly if they are “furloughed” by their employer on 80% pay. For people in this position I am reducing my normal hourly fee rate to just under 80%, that is £50 per session. I also offer this rate to NHS and key workers.