Have you found the right person to speak too, the questions we most often ask:
Will she understand, is it just me, will it really help, what if she thinks I am crazy , will other people find out, do they tell my GP or family, is she qualified, is it the right thing to do, why can I not sort these things myself .
We meet talk and look at all the above and more.
Counselling is very often a way of sounding out the issues with someone trained and empathic, finding a way through, so life can make sense and feel ok again.
Strange blog I know but that's the sort of thing I would be thinking.
I have worked in Mental Health as a Qualified Nurse, also a qualified Counsellor in Trauma, Depression, Bereavement and other life situations .
I believe one hat does not fit all, your are an individual with a unique personality and you have individual issues to discuss.
Have I had issues yes, many years ago now, I used a trained counsellor, why because I needed someone non judgmental, whom had nothing to do with anyone I knew, it felt safe and confidential, the anxiety and fear decreased it was worth it.
I work in a Person Centred way, which means you bring to the session what you would like to look at.
I am lead by you , you can do one or many sessions as you wish, it's your choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse of over 30 years working with people with complex Mental health Issues.
EMDR Level 4 at present , in the process of completing my MSc in EMDR
Level 4 Dip Integrated Counselling
Since leaving the NHS I have worked in many areas as a therapist, all female in care treatment for Personality Disorders utilising DBT
Worked as a Manger/Trainer for CRUSE the National Bereavement services.
Worked for addiction drug and alcohol misuse services.
Currently have a small private practice, which I would like to increase my case load to enable people I support to regain themselves and their wellbeing.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Complex trauma and PTSD are my main areas of work
I offer a free intial assessment to help you establish whether you feel counselling is the right path for you .
General Counselling £35
I also do block session reductions , please ask if you feel this would be of benefit.
I do offer reduced fees when appropriate to do so as I believe counselling should be available to everyone .
Concessions offered for
During this climate of lockdown, I have been using telephone and zoom to engage , I more than happy to see new people through this method.
I am a very client centred counsellor and continue to believe the initial engagement and working alliance is crucial to success of any persons journey.