Hello and welcome to this little blurb about me, what I do, how I work and how I can be of help to you.
You may be flicking through this page because you are struggling with something right now, or would like a bit of help figuring some things out. You may also be wondering how to decide on choosing someone when there are so many people to choose from! Hopefully some of the following information will help you figure out whether me and my approach are for you.
My personal take on counselling is that it provides a safe space where thoughts, feelings, behaviours, past experiences, future plans and so on, can be untangled and explored alongside another human being. Sometimes it may be that there are certain things we feel unable to share with other people in our day-to-day lives - as a counsellor, my aim is to enable you to voice whatever it is that you need to voice in a therapeutic space characterised by warmth, empathy, openness and a non-judgmental attitude on my part.
I would describe myself as an 'integrative counsellor' - what I mean by this is that I integrate ideas from several different therapeutic approaches in my work with clients. My work draws mostly upon existential psychotherapy and the person-centred approach but I may also, occasionally, use ideas from other approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).
Although what kind of counsellor I am may be important to you, what may be more important is that I am client-led, meaning that I will tailor therapy to your individual needs. I believe everybody has their own unique view of the world, and their own unique collection of reasons for seeking out counselling, and that this should be respected and worked with in counselling sessions. I work in a collaborative way and believe that counselling is a collaborative process and, hopefully, a process that could be useful to you.
If you have further questions, or would like more information, then please do not hesitate to contact me. If you leave me a message or email me I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can, however, please note that my current working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- MSc Psychology
- BA(Hons) Music
- Volunteer Counsellor, New Dawn Counselling Service (Weston-super-mare) - January 2020 - present
- Volunteer Therapist, Off The Record (Bristol) - October 2018 - November 2019
- Wellness Advisor, Bristol Ageing Better Wellbeing Therapies (Second Step, Bristol) - October 2018 - February 2019
- Volunteer Psycho-educational Course Facilitator, South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies (IAPT) - September 2016 - December 2017
Continuing Professional Development:
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - ongoing
- 'Working with Goals' delivered by Professor Mick Cooper - February 2019
- Off The Record (Bristol) Safeguarding Training - May 2019
- Winston's Wish Bereavement Training - May 2019
- 'Working at Relational Depth' delivered by Professor Mick Cooper - March 2019
- 'Understanding the Effects of Attachment Style on the Teenage Years' - July 2018
- 'Working with Aggressive Clients' delivered by Young Gloucestershire - June 2018
- 'Safeguarding Children and Young People' delivered by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Board - March 2018
- 'Young People, Anger, Hatred, Aggression and Disappointment' delivered by Nick Luxmore - January 2018
Professional Bodies and Associations:
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - Registered Member (MBACP)
- The British Psychological Society (BPS) - Student Member
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
- Tuesday (9:30am - 2:30pm) - at The Old Rectory Clinic
- Wednesday (9:30am - 5:00pm) - online and telephone
- Thursday (9:30am - 5:00pm) - online and telephone
I currently meet clients for face-to-face therapy at the beautiful Old Rectory Clinic in Iron Acton. There is a private car park at the clinic and also a waiting room inside the building. ***
I also offer online and telephone counselling.
*** Appointments for face-to-face therapy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with government and professional body guidelines.