There are many different types of counselling and far too many for me to list here! The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is my governing organisation and if you go to their web site https://www.bacp.co.uk/ you can find out more information on different types of counselling, and information about their ethical code of practice which I follow.

I am a Person-Centred and Integrative counsellor which means I can be flexible in how I work depending on your needs. As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself and your circumstances the best and so I will not tell you what to do! In exploring what you bring to our sessions, I help you to learn more about yourself and to re-discover your inner resources so that you can find your best way forward. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!

The Integrative part is for those individuals who would like or need a more structured therapy. It’s a more “problem-solving” approach, and there may be a little homework to do between our meetings.

Why go private or see an independent counsellor like me?

It is true that counselling is sometimes available free of charge in some GP surgeries or through some charities. These organisations may have a long waiting list as the counsellor may only be available a day or two each week. I am available to work with more flexibility, offering some appointment times outside of office hours, and without a waiting list I am ready to work with you when you are ready.

It is true that counselling is sometimes available free of charge in some GP surgeries or through some charities. These organisations may have a long waiting list as the counsellor may only be available a day or two each week. I am available to work with more flexibility, offering some appointment times outside of office hours, and without a waiting list I am ready to work with you when you are ready.

The number of counselling sessions an individual may have in the NHS, Employee Assistant Programmes or through charities is often time limited to say six or eight sessions. Choosing an independent counsellor puts you in the driving seat where our sessions are not restricted by number. An independent counsellor may also be more accessible, for instance I can be contacted through email, text and phone to make, cancel and rearrange appointments.