I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I work within the boundaries and standards of behaviour set by the BACP’s ethical framework.
I worked in the NHS for 25 years and in that time I became skilled in actively listening to patients, understanding their stories and helping them to resolve issues that were causing them distress. I realised that I wanted to develop my listening skills further to really learn to help people to explore their worries and concerns, and so decided to retrain as a counsellor in 2013.
What I Do
I offer both short and long term counselling for young people and adults aged 14 upwards. I also offer counselling for trainee counsellors.
I work in a person-centred way. My belief is that people are experts on themselves, and that with help and support from me to explore and identify the blocks that are preventing them from moving forward, people can be supported to make changes to their life, enabling them to live with confidence and contentment, finding fulfilment and joy in their lives.
I am available during the day and evenings.
Where I Work
My private practice is based in a calm and welcoming room located at Broadstone Counselling in the Broadstone Business Centre.
Sessions are £40 each (£50 for walking therapy) and last for 50 minutes. I offer an initial 40 minute assessment session, costing £20. At this initial session we can meet and see how we might work together, while I take some information from you about what has brought you to counselling. We can use this session to identify your goals, answer any questions you might have, and discuss how we will proceed.
Qualifications and Experience
I have worked as an NHS counsellor seeing patients and relatives who have been affected by cancer at Dorset County Hospital. I have also previously worked as a counsellor in a Bournemouth GP surgery and am experienced in working with a number of issues, among them :