We all struggle sometimes. Events and experiences in our lives can be challenging and distressing, perhaps leaving us feeling upset and uncertain, ill at ease or stuck, unsure how to move forward. At such times it can be really helpful to carve out a weekly space in which to explore your difficulties with a professionally qualified Counsellor/ Psychotherapist.
The toll being taken on our mental health and well-being by the effects of the Corona Virus pandemic and local / national lockdowns have been well publicised . Perhaps you have been negatively impacted in this way , and are either experiencing new emotional difficulties thrown up by the Covid-19 restrictions on your life , or these may have served to highlight or exacerbate your existing struggles.
I provide a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental environment in which you can express and work through your difficulties. As a trained Counsellor, I will not tell you what you should do , but together we will have time and space for you to process your thoughts and feelings, and explore your relationships, with a view to understanding yourself better, making sense of your life, and discovering your inner resources . This process will enable you to feel more secure in yourself , create options for you and empower you to move forward with your life.
I offer one-to-one counselling sessions for individual adult clients (age18+) on a range of issues including stress, anger, anxiety and depression , grief and loss, low self-esteem and relationship issues.
At the moment Counselling sessions are being offered via online video conferencing platforms (eg Zoom) during the current restrictions on face-to-face working.
Sessions are 50 minutes each .
If you would like to explore whether Counselling is right for you at this time , please message me and I will then contact you to discuss briefly what is prompting you to come for counselling, answer any immediate questions you have , then make an appointment for an 'Initial Assessment' , which will go through your issues in more detail , and give an opportunity to see if we are the right 'fit' for working together . Following this we can arrange a number of regular sessions for you . I usually suggest a minimum of 8 sessions to start with, after which our work can be reviewed and extended or brought to an agreed ending as desired.
Introductory contact / phone call etc : Free
Initial Assessment Appointment : £30
Individual Counselling Sessions : £44 each .
Concessions may be available for students , counselling trainees , those on low incomes and key workers . Please contact me to discuss .
About Me : Qualifications and Professional Membership
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor/ Psychotherapist . This means I am trained in and can draw from a range of established and effective therapeutic approaches in my way of working, adaptive to what may best suit you and your issues. The style of therapy I provide is relational and I see clients as whole persons , as encompassing mind , emotions , body and any sense of spirituality. Having trained in theology I am comfortable to discuss your spiritual issues.
I am trained to Degree level (Level 6) in Counselling theory and practice, and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists ("BACP"), one of the main UK professional bodies . This means I am both recognised as a counselling practitioner by BACP and that I abide by BACP's Ethical Framework for good practice , including undertaking regular clinical Supervision.
In an earlier part of my life, I qualified and practised as a Solicitor, working for 10 years both in private practice in London , and in Local Government .
BA (Hons) Degree in Theology and Counselling : London School of Theology , Middlesex University - A BACP accredited training programme.
Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Skills , Amersham and Wycombe College, Awarding Body Consortium Level 3.
In addition I undertake regular ongoing training (CPD - Continuing Professional Development , minimum 30 hours per annum) to refresh and enhance my skills and knowledge .
BA (Hons) Law
: Cambridge University.
BACP Membership Registration number : 384111
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Types of Counselling / Psychotherapy offered include aspects of:
Integrative , Relational , Existential , Person Centred , Psycho-dynamic, Mindfulness .
Areas of Counselling I deal with include :
- Attachment issues
- Christian Faith Issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME / CFS / Sensory Overload / Adrenal Fatigue
- Emotional Difficulties
- Grief and Loss
- Health Anxiety and Coping with Chronic Illness
- Low Self-Confidence and Low Self-Esteem
- Obsessive or Compulsive Behaviours
- Panic Attacks
- Psycho-Somatic issues (How the body holds and manifests our emotional / psychological distress)
- Relationship / Relational Issues / Trust /Family Issues
- Issues arising from Separation and Divorce
- Work related Stress