- Person-Centred counsellor/therapist
- Person-Centred supervisor
Areas of practice
I have always been interested in people and relationships and I am also very interested in their beliefs. The things we believe about ourselves, others and the world around us guides our thoughts and behaviours. I was 37 before I began my counselling training so I had half a life time of experience to draw upon before I became educated in the realm of psychology. I undertook the first 4 parts of my counselling training at my local HE college beginning with a short course in listening skills and progressing to a 2 year Diploma in Integrative Counselling. This means I have a grounding in several types of therapeutic modalities (styles). As our training drew to an end I had no doubt that I was a Person Centred counsellor. I didn’t need to integrate other modalities as the PC approach fits so well with what I believe about people and what enables people to change.
Research shows that it is the quality of the relationship between you and your counsellor that is the key to a successful therapeutic outcome. Words like warm, safe, caring, honest, clear and boundaried can all be used to describe the type of relationship you are looking for to achieve those successful outcomes. Choosing the right counsellor for you is the best thing you can do for yourself. You may need to contact and talk with several counsellors before you find the one for you.I don’t have a set of guidelines to follow or tools to employ. I do have a way of being which includes being empathetic, respectful and understanding. There is no wrong or right way for you to approach your problems so I believe that it is best to let your therapeutic journey unfold in the way that is most natural for you.During your sessions I give you my time, my training and my experience. The person centred approach, which I have chosen as my modality, is based in connection and acceptance. Here is some of what I offer:I work to create a relationship between us where you feel comfortable to share the things you need to.
I keep my interventions to a minimum so that your session is filled by you.
I help you to keep on track, if you have a definite goal.
I help you to approach and explore topics and feelings which are difficult for you to think about.
I check with you that this is ok.
I view you with compassion.
I don’t hold judgments about you, your behaviour, your situation or your experiences.
I try to see the world and your experience from your perspective.
I will share with you what I believe I know creating a shared process of listening, reflecting, checking and clarification.
We will build a unique counselling relationship tailored to you
We will find the best way to end our sessions so that you feel secure and ready to get on with the rest of your week.Person centred counselling helps to peel away outside influences, given to us by family, friends partners, religion, our culture and society. It can help you to find out what makes you tick, what makes life worth living for you. What is important to you and what you want to do. It can help to relieve anxiety, depression and feelings of panic. It can lessen a desire to be in control and help you to embrace the changes that are inevitable in life. Relationship issues can be explored and new ways of behaviour can be developed. It is an incredibly fulfilling type of counselling to deliver and I believe my clients find it a fulfilling experience too.I believe counselling is a way of beginning a process of self reflection which you can use to benefit you throughout your life.
I work exclusively Online or by phone
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
The National Counselling Society (Accredited)
Code of ethics
I adhere to the BACP and NCS code of ethics
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB).
Level 3 General certificate in Online counselling (CPCAB).
Level 6 Diploma in Online Supervision (OLT).
Place of studySouth Gloucester and Stroud college. I studied remotely for my Online qualifications with OLT.
Fees statementI am happy to have a brief (15 minute) telephone conversation to help you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you. I charge £50 per 50 min counselling session or for any part of that session. I charge £60 for a 60 minutes of supervision