BA (Hons), Post Grad Dip Couns, MBACP (Accred) UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor
What is counselling and how can it help?
There are times when we can feel overwhelmed with life's difficulties. Counselling can offer us a place to talk with someone who is outside our circle of family, friends and colleagues, in a private and confidential setting. When it seems like life is a maze, counselling offers the opportunity to reflect on, and explore, our problems; it finds a pathway through the maze, achieving clarity and leading to better life satisfaction.
Counsellors are trained to listen to you, to empathise and understand your life experiences as you see them. A counsellor will respond honestly to the issues you bring, without judging you. The relationship with your counsellor is based on a development of mutual trust which enables you to feel safe enough to explore what can often be difficult issues.
Your counsellor will not tell you what to do or make decisions for you. Instead they will act as a 'sounding board', helping you to gain a clearer picture of your situation. They will offer support so you can decide on the changes you want to make.
I trained as a Person Centred/Humanistic counsellor at the University of Brighton and qualified in 2000. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor and a trained group facilitator.
As a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist I have met and continue to maintain BACP's highly regarded 'kitemark' standards of professional training, practice and development.
Some of the areas I specialise in include: Relationships, Bereavement and Loss, Problems at work, Drugs and alcohol, Sexual assault and abuse, Illness and disability, Depression and anxiety, Domestic violence, Self harm, Self esteem and confidence, Loss of direction or purpose or dissatisfaction with life, Family carers issues.
The First Step
If you think counselling is for you contact me by phone me on this number: 07789 773995. Then we can arrange an appointment time to meet. At this appointment we will talk about what brings you to counselling and whether counselling would be helpful for you. This will also be an opportunity for you to ask me questions.
Counselling can be short term, for a few weeks, or longer. If we decide to work together we will agree an initial number of sessions. When these finish, you can decide whether you would like more counselling. Each counselling session lasts for 50 minutes.
I am happy to discuss the possibility of setting up and facilitating therapeutic groups. Please contact me for further details.
I am committed to working with and respecting the variety of human experience and culture. I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I currently hold sessions in: Marlborough, Wiltshire and Tetbury, Gloucestershire. To book an appointment or for more information please call: 07789 773995. This number has a confidential voice mail service so please leave a message if I am unable to answer and I will return your call.