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Do you have something you need to talk over, or does life feel generally out of balance? Do your relationships need support?
FACE TO FACE
As of May 1 I will be offering limited face-to-face counselling at Kingston Natural Health Centre. We will of course be taking the necessary precautions to keep us all safe. If you would like an appointment for face-to-face counselling with me please let me know as soon as possible.
Working Online And by Telephone
Given the current unprecedented circumstances I am able to offer the following:
Online counselling is often more effective than face to face therapy (University of Zurich, 2013). It also enables you to receive counselling wherever you might be and from the comfort of your own home, using your preferred format: video, audio, live chat or email.
If you choose to work with me online I will use trusted and GDPR compliant technology applications in order to keep our work confidential.
If you are isolated or feeling anxious about face-to-face or video sessions for any reason, I am able to offer telephone sessions so long as you give me a couple of days notice so please do not deprive yourself of support if you need it. I am here to help you. Just let me know.
I’m a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor with over 20 years of experience and have a three year diploma in Person Centred Counselling (1997 Metanoia). I practice in the Kingston, Richmond and Wimbledon areas. I’m also a qualified Counselling Supervisor, Trainer, Addictions Therapist and Accredited EMDR Practitioner. I work with individuals and with couples and I specialise in relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management and building self esteem.
I have worked in a variety of settings over the years including the NHS, drug and alcohol services, the voluntary sector and in private practice. I am a recognised counselling provider for several private Health Insurance Providers and Employee Assistance Programmes including Bupa, Aviva, First Assist, Capita, Health Assured, Workplace Options, Oakdale/MHCO, WSM, WPA and Validium.
I help with:
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and loss
- Worrying and ruminating
- Eating Disorders
- General unhappiness
- Loneliness and isolation
- Self esteem issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Personality Disorders
- Childhood abuse
- Domestic violence
- Sex, sexuality and intimacy
- Mid Life concerns
- Work related difficulties
My core approach to counselling is ‘Person Centred’. This kind of counselling places great emphasis on providing a safe, empathic, non-judgemental space for clients to discuss whatever is troubling them. In addition I also offer a Cognitive Behavioural Approach using practical techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT helps you identify and change unhelpful thoughts, patterns and behaviours. More recently I became Accredited in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
I am Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework. I hold professional liability insurance for my work. I am ICO registered and GDPR compliant.
You may wish to consider the words of the British Asssociation for Counselling and Psuchotherapy
“Accreditation is a quality status for experienced practitioners who can demonstrate high standards of competent and ethical practice. Becoming an accredited member involves a detailed application and assessment process that takes several months to complete”
My fee is £80 per 50 minute session for individuals face to face and £70 for telephone or Zoom
Zoom sessions are also available – contact me for details
Please feel free to phone or email me with any questions you may have.
I am the Clinical Lead at Kingston Bereavement service and so I specialise in traumatic bereavement which is unfortunately particularly prevalent now so please do get in contact if you feel this would support you.