Counselling & Supervision

Therapeutic Counsellor

in South Croydon / Selsdon offering counselling therapy.

Reg. Member MBACP (Accred)

 

Having worked with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and of all ages in a varitety of settings, I have the fullest commitment to offering a counselling service which is welcoming to all clients in a supportive and non-discriminatory way.

Individual counselling

 

I offer counselling at my practice in Selsdon, South Croydon, for individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

 

I am able to offer you a safe therapeutic space where you can talk things over and work out what you want to do to move forward and hopefully feel more fulfilled in your life.

 

My work is significantly influenced by the person-centred (humanistic) approach to counselling where the belief is that all human beings have the ability to fulfil their full potential provided the right conditions are present. However, I also draw inspiration from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Solution-Focused and the Psychodynamic approaches to counselling, and the Systemic Approach for couples counselling.

 

Couples Counselling

 

Couples counselling is suitable for those that would like to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. It is also about giving you both equal time and space to consider what is and isn't working in your relationship. The role of the counsellor for this type of counselling is to facilitate change and resolution by helping you both communicate more effectively and reach your own conclusions about how you as a couple wish to move forward. There is an expectation that effort on each of your parts will be needed. To benefit the most, you will need to practice the changes we discuss in sessions.

 

Online Counselling

 

I also offer online counselling via instant messaging, audio or video call. For more information and prices, please visit my online counselling website at:

 

www.talkingitoveronline.co.uk

 

What can you come to counselling for?

 

I have experience of working with adults, young persons and children with a range of issues, some of which are listed below. Many of the clients I have worked with have experienced abuse or trauma. The list is not exhaustive, so feel free to get in touch even if you would like to work through or talk about something else.

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship and family issues (including mixed race relationships, affairs & betrayal)
  • Being a carer
  • Body image
  • Life choice difficulties
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Substance addiction recovery
  • Anger
  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, physcial and neglect)
  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem issues
  • Work and school related stress and pressure
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self harm
  • Unresolved childhood issues

 

Where do I offer counselling

 

In my private counselling practice in Selsdon, Croydon, I offer a safe and confidential space, where counselling can take place without disturbance. My consultation room is located in a modern garden office, separate from the main house and it is warm, comfortable and private.

 

What happens

 

  • We will have an initial consultation where we discuss your requirements for counselling and what you would like to get out of our sessions together.
  • I will explain how I work and check with you if you think you could work with me.
  • I have a written agreement in place that will be discussed and explored during our first meeting.
  • Only when we are in agreement will we sign the paperwork and agree to start working together.
  • If you want to go away and think about it before deciding to start counselling, that is perfectly fine.

 

The therapeutic relationship

 

I truly believe that the counselling relationship between myself and you, the client, is the most important aspect of counselling. I aim to offer you a warm and empathic place where you can talk things over without worrying about being judged, or adviced about what to do. As the working relationship between us develops, you might feel you are able to explore deeper, and awareness will usually follow as a result. And with increased awareness and understanding of your current and past issues, you might like to implement changes for yourself, or simply find acceptance to move forward. With focusing the work on what is important to you, together we can help you in discovering your own strengths and resources. I will support you through making changes or finding acceptance, but always at a pace that feels right to you, and I will respect any difference between us and your individuality. Once the time is right for you, we can then plan an ending of our work together.

 

Confidentiality and ethics

 

I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and I always aim to promote safe and professional counselling. More information about professional conduct and complaints procedure can be found on on the BACP website.

 

  • I will not share the content of our sessions with a third party. The only exceptions would be: a) disclosure of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult that is currently at risk, b) serious danger to yourself or someone else or c) a legal obligation on my part to disclose (eg. Terrorism Act 2000). I would always discuss a potential breach of confidentiality with you in advance, if at all possible.
  • As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) it is a requirement that I have regular clinical supervision. This is to support me in my work with you and ensure I work with your best interest in mind. My supervisor is also bound by confidentiality.
  • I have professional indemnity insurance.
  • I have a DBS, which is a criminal record check (formerly called CRB).

 

Record Keeping

 

Original client records are kept in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and BACP guidelines and are the property of the therapist. I use Bacpac, a secure and encrypted online system to store client details and notes. Any other paperwork is locked in a secure cabinet or password protected if in electronic format. A copy of clinicial notes can be requested in writing at any time. After five years client records are destroyed confidentially. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) adhering to the GDPR.

 

Advice

 

You may be looking for advice. It is rare for me to offer advice, even if asked for it. I believe that only you can choose the direction you want to go in, and that is why your own decision making is essential. The best advice you can follow is your own, and I shall do my best to help you to work things out for yourself.

 

Duration and reviews

 

I would always aim to offer counselling for a duration that suits my clients. I believe it is important to regularly review the work together and we will incorporate this into the work as it progresses. It can be difficult to know how many sessions are needed or wanted, but this is something we can discuss during our first meeting and in our reviews. After an initial consultation we may agree a set number of sessions followed by a review. Alternatively, a more open ended arrangement with regular reviews might be more suitable.

 

Supervision

 

I am currently undertaking a Diploma in Clinical Supervision. As part of this training I am seeking qualified counsellors looking for low cost supervision. The fee can be negotiated. If you are interested in this, please get in touch.

 

BACP Membership No: 750482

BACP Register No: 156181

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