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Counselling And Psychotherapy

I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work according to the requirements of its ethical framework.

I have over twenty five years of experience of working in people related roles, including within social care and social services organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. I have also worked in a voluntary organisation as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have considerable experience of working with people from a wide range of backgrounds, including people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives and people who have a disability, or a health problem.

What is involved?

Counselling and Psychotherapy provide an opportunity for you to talk about yourself and your life experiences in a confidential and safe space. This may involve talking about distressing, or painful events and feelings, or about experiences which make you angry. Therapy involves having the time and space to talk, think and explore your feelings, which can be difficult to do with family, or friends, particularly at times of difficulties in relationships.

I will listen to what you say about how you feel and how this affects you. I will work hard to develop a good therapeutic relationship with you, so we can work together to improve your well being and understanding and also to support the changes you wish to make. I will speak to you in an honest and open way.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help with a wide range of difficulties and challenges.

Examples of issues counselling and psychotherapy can help with…

Anxiety, lack of confidence, depression, low mood abuse, stress, self-harm, trauma, post-traumatic stress, bereavement, panic attacks, the impact of illness, relationship problems, weight difficulties, addictions, sexual identity, feelings of meaninglessness, social anxiety, a desire to develop self-awareness, difficult dilemmas.

First Session

After your initial contact we will arrange an assessment session. This will involve you speaking about the issues which have led you to choose to have therapy and it will help us decide if we can work together. In addition I will ask you for some information about aspects of life which may be relevant, eg any health issues. We will draw up a working agreement about the focus of the therapy and what you want from it, including an initial plan of the number of sessions; these areas can be reviewed mutually as we go on.

Please contact me to find out more.