What to Expect
Training, qualifications and hours in practice do not necessarily equate to successful counselling and therapy. It is my belief and experience that lasting shifts and changes are founded on the relationship in the room between the therapist and client.
Following initial contact and a preliminary telephone conversation of about 15 minutes, I invite each prospective client to meet for a one-off hour’s familiarisation session.
The familiarisation session forms a crucial part of the process of my practice. It gives you the chance to meet with me without commitment and for me to share with you some of my thinking and give you a sense of what to expect in our sessions.
At the end of the meeting I ask you to take the time you need to consider whether or not you would like to proceed. Once we have agreed a time and day you will be asked to sign a contract accepting my terms and conditions.
Children and Young People
Before meeting a young person under the age of 12, I ask to have an initial familiarisation session with their parent or carer.
Keeping You Safe
In addition to more than 8 years formal training and many thousands of hours clinical experience I have:
Enhanced DBS clearance (certificate number: 001554596973)
Professional Liability Insurance (Towergate PI Policy no:213421)
Agreement to abide by the ethical Codes and Practices of my professional bodies:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (membership number: 566088)
United Kingdom Association of Transactional Analysis (membership number: 3428)
Association for Family Therapy (membership number: 2193999).
I attend regular professional development courses and conferences and am an active member of a number of peer support and shared learning groups.