West Marshall

Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1AR
07931 433382 07931 433382

About me

I am an experienced counsellor working from my home in Chesham.

At some point in our lives most of us will experience a period when we struggle to cope. It is at times like these that working with an experienced counsellor can help.

I aim to create a caring, safe and non-judgemental place where you will feel able to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings. All our work will be treated in the strictest confidence.

You may be feeling that you have lost control of important parts of your life. Together we can begin to understand the causes of your distress and learn techniques to help you see things differently, regain control, feel stronger and happier.

I have a lot of experience of working with couples. There are many reasons why couple and family relationships can be put under stress. One of the main causes of conflict is poor communication and we can look at techniques to enable you to communicate in a way that avoids conflict and promotes a greater understanding of each other.

Sadly there are times when the only way forward is to separate. We can work together to minimise the impact of this, particularly where there are children involved.

Depression will impact on relationships and relationships will impact on depression. If you are depressed and in a relationship, working with you and your partner is often more effective than simply working with you on your own.

Depression will impact on relationships and relationships will impact on depression. If you are depressed and in a relationship, working with you and your partner is often more effective than simply working with you on your own.

Training, qualifications & experience

ABC Certificate in Counselling Concepts, 2004

ABC Certificate in Counselling Skills, 2005

University of East London - Graduate Certificate: Foundation in Couple Counselling, 2007

University of Hull - Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy, 2009

IAPT Couple Therapy for Depression, 2012

Institute of Family Therapy - Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples 2018

I worked for Samaritans for four years before becoming a relationship counsellor with Relate in 2006. In 2012 I qualified to work with couples where depression is an issue and in 2018 I qualified as a family therapist.

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Child related issues

Cultural issues

Work related issues

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

I offer a free brief telephone assessment to see if I am the right person to help you. If you feel happy to work with me I charge £60 for a one hour session. If you have financial difficulties we can discuss fees.

Normally I see clients in a dedicated room in my home but during the COVD-19 pandemic I have been seeing clients on Zoom which seems to work well and is simple to use. I can be flexible about times and days.

The first session or two are likely to be centred on learning about you, what it is that is troubling you, and whether counselling is likely to be the best way forward. If we agree that counselling can help, we will work together to try to establish a clear focus of what you wish to change and how you might start to move forward to a better place.

118 White Hill
Chesham
Buckinghamshire
HP5 1AR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
West Marshall

West Marshall