I appreciate how difficult it can be to seek help during difficult times, I also understand that taking yourself outside of your comfort zone, is often part of the process of growing and making positive changes in your life.
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist, and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), offering a safe, non-judgemental space, for people to explore their emotions and issues that are troubling them. I am a person centred therapist, this means the therapy I offer is non directive, I am not here to tell you what to do, or to give you advice. Ultimately, I believe you are the expert on you, nobody knows you better than you know yourself.
For me, the most important aspect of counselling is not about the therapist’s qualifications or experience, it is their ability to offer respect and empathy. To me, the therapeutic relationship is without doubt the most important part of effective therapy.
My clients have described their experience of counselling sessions, as a space where they feel fully accepted and respected, which has allowed them to make positive changes in their lives. I have been described by clients as non-judgmental, understanding and warm.
As a therapist I have worked with clients who are facing many difficult situations and experiences. This includes low self esteem, sexual abuse and relationship problems. My client work has also included work related stress, anxiety and depression.
I am committed to respecting your privacy and ensuring that any information I hold about you is kept safely and securely. Offering total transparency of what information I gather, why I do so, how it is stored and long it is kept for, is very important.
Enquiry via Website
To make an inquiry via my website, you will be requested to leave your name and contact information; this is a minimal requirement for an inquiry.
Information I gather
Should you decide to undertake counselling sessions with me, I will ask for the following information.
Date of Birth
Telephone Number, and permission to make contact with you by phone/text message
Next of Kin/Emergency contact
Email address, and permission to make contact with you by email
GP information, Medication and relevant medical and Psychological Conditions
If you are experiencing any thoughts of self-harm
How the information is stored & for how long
I keep hand written copies of your personal information, signed counselling contract and session notes.They are all kept separately, so that anonymised notes cannot be cross referenced with your personal information. All paperwork is kept securely in a locked drawer that only I have a key for. I keep notes etc. for five years; they will then be subsequently destroyed securely.
Email correspondence is held within my email account, which is hosted by Gmail. All emails are deleted following the end of our therapeutic work together.
Telephone numbers are stored using my client identifiers, and stored within the contacts application of my smart phone. All numbers are deleted following the end of our therapeutic work together.
Text messages/ What’s app messages will all be deleted following the end of our therapeutic work together.
Should you choose to contact me via my website, personal information is collected but not stored here.
Sharing/Processing of personal Information
I am required to have regular monthly supervision, with a suitably qualified counselling professional. The purpose of my supervision is discuss elements of my work, to ensure that I am practicing ethically and responsibly and providing you with the best possible counselling service I can. My supervisor has a sound knowledge of confidentially and data protection. They hold no personal information about you, and you are not identifiable to them.
If you were to disclose to me that there is potential risk of harm to yourself or others, I would discuss this with you and seek consent to share this information with appropriate people, in order to get additional support for you
If you were to disclose immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, or disclosure of intention to commit a serious crime, I have a legal obligation to inform authorities.
You reserve the right to request to view any data I hold for you and rectify any errors.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset,I don't find myself saying, "soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner". I don't try to control a sunset.I watch with awe as it unfolds".
- Carl R Rogers
Individual Counselling Sessions
I offer individual, face to face, online and telephone counselling. Appointments are 50 minutes and ideally on a regular weekly basis.
Daytime, evening & weekend appointments available.
My fees per session are £35
Reduced rate of £25 for Counselling Students