Hi and welcome.
I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor. Counselling can give you space to look at problems you might be experiencing. Each of us can go through times when we find it difficult to cope. We can feel stressed, and alone. Exploring your thoughts and feelings in a confidential space where you won’t feel judged can be a step towards clarity and change.
I usually work in a lovely room in Bursledon but due to the Corona virus and Government guidelines I have switched to online working and can offer a service via Skype or Zoom.
You might have lots of questions about counselling. I know I did so I have tried here to answer a few that might come to mind.
What can counselling do for me?
I can help you on your journey as you work towards change.
If you are facing difficulties, I can provide you with the empathy and acceptance that can allow you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings and to identify what you might be able to do to become more comfortable.
This can help you see your way forward more clearly towards a more comfortable and fulfilling future.
Through discovering more about ourselves and working through problems be they relationship concerns, anxiety, stress or other issues, we can come to a better understanding of how we want to live our lives.
What will happen during the first session?
The first session can enable you to decide if counselling is for you and to find out if I might be the right person for you to work with.
Clients can use the time to explore what has brought them to counselling, to tell their story. You may arrive at some goals to work towards and I can enable you to review these goals as the work progresses.
Counselling sessions last for fifty minutes and are usually held on a weekly basis.
Beginning a counselling relationship can be the first step towards experiencing your world in a new and more positive way.
If you have any questions about counselling you are very welcome to call me for an informal conversation about the service I offer. Call me on 07519917856 or you are welcome to email me.
I have session slots available during the day and on some days during the evenings too.
What is my background?
As well as private practise, I work in a higher education setting counselling students. I have also worked for a bereavement counselling charity. I have a degree in Humanistic counselling and prior to becoming a therapist I worked in primary education.
I have had extensive experience counselling students in a university therapy setting and through this work have helped clients deal with issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, loss and relationship issues. The counselling department offered clients short blocks of therapy.
Working in this way, I help clients to focus, clarify their goals and make the most of their limited time. I believe that it is possible for clients to make progress even when time is short.
I also specialise in working with loss and in particular with individuals who have been bereaved. As always, the circumstances and needs of each client are unique to them. I help clients find their way at their chosen pace, through the challenges of bereavement.
I have worked short and long-term with clients through my work for a bereavement charity and supported them as they faced the emotional journey of grief and progressed towards acceptance and hope.
Recent workshops/training attended lately
The Boarding School experience
The Neuroscience of Transformation
A Wedding in the Family
I can provide general support or give you the opportunity to look at specific issues such as loss relationship problems and many other issues. You may feel anxious, depressed or suffer from low self-esteem. I believe each person can help themselves find their way forward towards achieving their full potential and leading happier lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling
Counselling Skills Certificate
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling And Psychotherapy
I have spent several years working in a student counselling service and worked with adults of all ages via a bereavement counselling charity.
Committed to continued professional development, I regularly attend further training courses.
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
Sessions are charged at £40 and are 50 minutes long.
Fees are to be paid 48 hours in advance by bank transfer
Weekday and some early evening appointments
Parking is available close to the therapy room.
Unfortunately the room does not have disabled access.