I am trained in an integrative approach to counselling, which means I will draw on the theory and practices of a range of models, according to the needs of each individual client.
Central to my counselling is forming a genuine, non-judgemental relationship with my clients. I provide a safe space where I will listen with interest and empathy to whatever clients bring and we will work together at the client’s pace to navigate a way through their issues and concerns.
I take a holistic approach to the person, meaning I consider the impact of situations on a client’s physical, emotional, behavioural and rational areas. I am also trained to work with spiritual/religious beliefs if clients wish to.
I have particular interest and experience working with issues including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, divorce recovery, low self-esteem, unresolved and childhood issues.
I gained a degree from Cambridge University in English with Education and worked in the education sector for over 10 years and then in childcare.
During the last 4 years, I have gained the following counselling qualification from Waverley Abbey College:
Diploma of Higher Education in Integrative Counselling
I am also a holder of:
Certificate in Christian Counselling Skills, Level 3
Certificate in Online Counselling (65 hours)
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical code practice.
Counselling can be very helpful as a way of exploring current problems, past issues or both. It offers a safe, confidential space with uninterrupted time dedicated for you to talk through your concerns. Professional therapists are trained to listen attentively and non-judgementally, offering helpful observations and feedback without telling clients what to do. Depending on the type of counselling you are having, thoughts, emotions and behaviours will be explored to help you find your own solutions. Counselling can also give you skills to help you cope with situations that you cannot change.
Sometimes, therapists use different methods, such as creative activities or other exercises to bring insight to an issue, but a skilled therapist will tailor which methods they use to you and your situation. Whatever methods are used, your therapist should regularly check you are comfortable with the process.
Ideally, you should be able to choose whether your counselling is short or long term and whether you explore issues from your past that may still be affecting you, or whether you simply focus on your current situation.
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During the current Covid crisis I may not be able to offer face-to-face counselling at all times depending on the changing restrictions. I aim to give current face-to-face clients the option to switch to online work or suspend counselling without losing their place at times that face-to-face is not permitted as they prefer.
Face to Face Counselling
Which takes place in a private, comfortable garden room,
With sessions taking place on VSee, a secure system similar to Zoom
How Much Does Counselling Cost?
As the therapeutic relationship is so important, I do not charge for an initial 30-minute consultation. This gives you a chance to see if you think you will be able to work well with me and for me to assess whether I am able to help you with your concerns.
An initial consultation lasting approximately 30 minutes:
50 minute session online or face-to-face - £40
Sessions for counselling students requiring counselling as part of their course requirements - £35
Therapeutic weekly email exchange - £35