It is essential to find the right counsellor, someone you feel comfortable with. If both client and counsellor can work together then a collaborative and trusting relationship will develop. I invite potential clients to have a brief consultation to decide if ‘we’ could work together. This can be via video call or on the telephone and is an opportunity to ask any questions, explore your expectations of counselling and briefly discuss what it is you are bringing to counselling.
I am a registered counsellor and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) based in Salisbury. I offer face to face counselling for adults and young people (16+).
At times life can be complex and present many challenges and often we have to face fear, deal with crisis and difficult issues. When our ‘normal’ coping mechanisms are not enough, this is when we can seek additional support. Counselling, also known as ‘talking therapy’ is often the next step.
Counselling is for anyone struggling to come to terms with any of life’s events and the associated emotional pain and distress that accompany this.
I provide a safe and confidential space, where I help my clients explore some of their presenting issues in a nurturing and supportive way. With an empathic and non-judgemental approach, I aim to build a trusting relationship with every client I work with.
By gaining a shared understanding of your experiences, we will work together to help provide a platform for healing, in finding solutions and creating a more peaceful and fulfilling life.
I can help with…
- Low self esteem
- Sexual Identity
- Sleep disorders
- Substance misuse
- Suicidal thoughts
Training and Experience
- Diploma in Counselling
- Registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) Reg. 374510
- Trained to work with young people aged 11-16
- Counsellor for ‘Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service’
- Student counsellor at Southampton University
- CPD – I pursue ‘Continuing Professional Development’ training and I attend regular Supervision
- Member of HACP ‘Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’
- Fully insured & DBS certified
My counselling approach is ‘Humanistic’ with a strong leaning towards ‘Person Centred’. This means a client can explore their issues at a pace and depth that feels comfortable for them. I use a ‘holistic’ approach encompassing all areas of one’s life within the counselling process. Where appropriate, I may apply other theories into my practice, with aspects of Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy.
How do I find the right counsellor?
What to expect in my first session?
If you decide to commence counselling, our first counselling session will be a gentle introduction. It is an opportunity to talk about any concerns or anxieties you may have about the counselling process. There will be a ‘client well-being’ form to complete and we will discuss how we might work together. We will agree a working contract and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions. We will also discuss confidentiality.
How do you maintain confidentiality?
Maintaining confidentiality is extremely important because it means you can explore difficult issues with the reassurance that no one else will know. Only in exceptional circumstances would confidentiality be broken and this would be something I would hope to discuss with you first.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone is individual and the nature of what they bring to counselling will determine how long ‘therapy’ may last. I offer both short and long term counselling and I am flexible in my approach. We will work together in a way which suits your needs. If I feel I do not have the expertise in the area you are seeking help, I can offer an onward referral to someone better suited.
What happens if I want to stop Counselling?
If for any reason you feel that counselling is not working for you or it is not the right time, we can discuss this in an open and non-judgmental way. It may be that we agree to suspend counselling initially with a view to resuming at a later date, or that you simply wish to stop. In order for you to feel safe and supported, I would discuss with you the possible ways in which you could seek further help, should you want this.
What are the counselling fees?
Each session is 50 minutes costing £45.
Fees are either paid in advance or at the beginning of each session by cash or bank transfer.
Some concessions are available – please ask.
What happens if I can’t attend a session?
If you are unable to attend a session, I ask that you provide as much notice as possible. Cancellations with less than 48 hrs notice, will be charged at the full rate, except in exceptional circumstances.
What if I have a complaint?
As a registered member of the BACP, I work in accordance to their guidelines and code of ethics. Any complaint should be taken to this organisation.
My insurance also covers me and my clients for disputes.
How do you keep my information safe?
I practice from ‘Serenity Place’ located in Old Sarum, Salisbury. There are several therapy rooms all of which evoke a calm and serene atmosphere. There is also a waiting area for clients. Free car parking is available on-site.
Portway Business Centre,
Portway, Old Sarum,
Salisbury SP4 6QX.
“All BACP Members have to work in accordance with the Ethical Framework.
Our commitment to clients provides a summary of working to professional standards and building an ethical relationship
Ethics specifies the values, principles and personal moral qualities that inform our work and underpin supervision
Good practice considers the application of our commitments to clients and ethics to our practice”