At some point in our lives most of us will experience times when we struggle to cope with relationships or work pressures or feel we have lost control of important parts of our life. It is at times like these that working with a counsellor can help us to understand the causes of our distress and learn techniques to help us see things differently, regain control, feel stronger and happier.
I have a lot of experience of counselling individuals, couples and families. Problems are often caused by 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.
If you are depressed or anxious I can work with you as an individual. If you are in a relationship, working with you and your partner can be more effective.
Sadly there are times when the only way forward for some couples is to separate. Together we can find ways to minimise the impact of this, particularly important where there are children involved.
I aim to create a caring and non-judgemental place where you will feel safe to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings.
Normally I see clients in a dedicated room in my home but during the COVID-19 pandemic I have been seeing clients on Zoom which seems to work well.
The first session or two are likely to be centred on learning about you and what it is that is troubling you. We will work together to establish a clear focus of what you wish to change and how you can start to move forward to a better place.
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.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Child related issues
Work related issues
I offer a free brief telephone assessment to see if I am the right person to help you. If you feel happy to proceed, I charge £60 for a one hour session. If you have financial difficulties we can discuss fees.