Making the courageous decision to come to counselling can feel overwhelming, you are not alone. You are guaranteed a space to talk freely in a confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Collaborative working is key to good therapy, my role is to assist using an integrative approach utilising Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This allows me to tailor therapeutic intervention to individual needs. Our work will be client led and we work on the issues that you wish to address. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is central to our work together and is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor hence I offer a free 15 minute telephone or online consultation session prior to starting working together. I will work with you in a safe and ethical manner to promote your well-being.
The time must be right for you to come to therapy, it takes courage to contact a counsellor and it is normal to feel nervous or anxious if this is a new experience.
All information is treated in the strictest confidence and per the requirements of my Governing Bodies. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Professional Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society. I am an Accredited Infant Loss Counsellor, registered with the Infant Loss Foundation. I abide by the professional ethical framework for good practice and offer you a professional experience of therapy.
It takes courage to create change and contact a Counsellor
I understand the courage involved in getting to this stage. All information is treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the requirements of my Governing Bodies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
• Affairs and betrayals
• Attachment disorder
• Carer support
• Infant Loss
• Emotional abuse
• Family issues
• Feeling sad
• Generalised anxiety disorder
• Low self-confidence
• Low self-esteem
• Passive aggressive behaviour
• Physical abuse
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Pregnancy and birth
• Relationship issues
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
• Separation and divorce
• Sexual abuse
• Suicidal thoughts
• Work-related stress
My history, which led me into counselling, involved working in a professional ability with Barnardo’s & Women’s Aid and Educational Institutions. Within these roles I supported individuals, parents and families needing specialist support. I supported women fleeing domestic violence, individuals involved with the criminal justice system and child protection services. Advocating on behalf of individuals and families in crisis with local authority multi-disciplinary teams was a key feature of my work. These opportunities provided me with the experience of seeing first-hand the impact on lives (even generations) when no supportive professional psychological support is available. This informed my belief in counselling and psychotherapeutic services and the life changing impact of therapy for those able to access services.
Within private practice I offer services directly and via Berkshire Counselling & Psychotherapies. In addition to private practice, I have worked with a number of charitable organisations including ARC Wokingham, Time to Talk Reading and presently with the Community Interest Organisation, Time to Heal. These opportunities offer the experience of meeting individuals presenting with wide ranging issues and to assist in improving their psychological and emotional well-being. We all benefit from the opportunity to talk freely and honestly without judgement. Making changes in our lives is possible even when it may feel like a mountain ahead of us.
I offer a supportive environment to a diverse range of individuals of varying gender, sexual orientation and cultural heritage.
Training & Qualifications
- Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society
- Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Ad Prof Dip PC – Distinction)
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dip PC)
- Accredited Infant Loss Counsellor
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (Dip Hip)
- BA (Hons) Social Policy
Continuous Professional Development Certificates:
- Working with Bereaved Clients
- Working with Addiction – underlying causes
- Working with Young People with Anxiety and OCD
- Working with Chronic Anxiety and Trauma
- Informed Stabilisation Treatment.
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
- Transactional Analysis
- Working with Young People with Anxiety & OCD
- Psychosexual Training
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Post Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment: Reading University
In addition to Private Practice, I work in a BACP Accredited organisation providing support to adults. I am fully insured and have an up to date DBS Certificate.
The Grange Centre,
24 Barkham Ride,
Free parking is available, and I am within walking distance of local bus services.
Sessions are held in a warm and comfortable environment.
Individual session £60
Face to face, telephone and online sessions are available
All sessions are 50 minutes.