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I take a humanistic approach to counselling, so I believe you have the power to make choices, to change and to grow within a nurturing yet challenging relationship. The theory base that I use is Transactional Analysis (TA), which looks at what goes on in our behaviour, thinking and feeling, and how that affects our relationship with ourselves and with others.
TA is a very common-sense, practical approach which can help with recurring patterns and problems that somebody might experience, looking underneath the surface and helping with, for example, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
My counselling space is quiet, private and and safe. We would start with a free 30 minute discussion on what you need and and how we can work together. Further sessions will be 50 minutes. I am happy to see you short term or long term. The usual basis for short term work is 6 weeks.
We can meet during the day or evening on a weekday, or a Saturday morning, and appointments are usually at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been a full member of the BACP since February 2012 and abide by its code of ethics.
My Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis was awarded in July 2011. I also hold a BSc in Psychology which was awarded in 1999. I keep updated by attending training courses, reading, and taking part in local professional networking events.
I work for an agency in Southampton, where I have been counselling for three years. Before that, for five years I was a volunteer counsellor in a bereavement service and at a university. I also had a part time role for eight years in a local charity providing advice, advocacy and support to unpaid carers.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My rate is £40 per 50 minute session. The initial 30 minute session is free.
Please call me, and if you get my answering service, leave a message or send me a text with your name and number and a convenient time to call you.
Alternatively, send me an e-mail, but please include your telephone number.
I will usually respond to messages within 2 days.