- Phone number
- Flexible hours available
- Available for home visits
- Concessionary rates
My availability is good at the moment and I'm able to offer sessions (via phone, email or virtually) during the day, in (relatively early) mornings, evenings and weekends.
The situation can change rapidly though, so it's best to get in touch to at least register interest in the first instance.
Due to Coronavirus I'm not undertaking face-to-face or home visits at the moment, but will restart these once we're allowed if people prefer to see me in person. When these restart, I work from the Fred Bulmer Centre in central Hereford.
About me and my therapy practice
I have a fairly laid back approach to life generally which shows in my counselling sessions too. What I hope for is that you can feel relaxed, safe and comfortable, able to trust me and be open with me. Although I'm mostly relaxed by nature I also pride myself in my professionalism. In this respect, working towards an ending in our counselling, where you feel confident enough to stop having my support will be my overall goal. (Professionalism also involves confidentiality and adhering to the BACP code of practice).
Critically, I'm extremely non-judgemental. As far as I'm concerned, we are all flawed and we all make mistakes. I've made many of my own, sometimes (but not always) through no fault of my own, and I'm certainly not going to tell you that you shouldn't have done x, said y, or thought z. What I will do is aim for us to have to have an open conversation where you can tell me about your anxieties, hopes and fears as honestly as possible.
Discussing these, the intention will be to find a way forward where you can be the 'best possible version of yourself' with integrity and authenticity. It may not always be comfortable or straightforward, but there is a lot at stake! You, and you're worth it.
I have a particular interest and experience in Bereavement and Loss. For me, these cover so, so much more than say, the death of a parent, which may have even been expected. Obviously this can be very sad, even traumatic, but 'predictable deaths' hardly scratch the surface. In relation to bereavement, many deaths are NOT predicted (especially nowadays in our Covid times) or they can be sadly painful and drawn out. Some can be very painful due to complicated or messy relationships with the person who has died, and at other times we could be faced with what is called 'disenfranchised grief' where a death may feel socially unacceptable or awkward for some reason. Suicides can fall into this category, as can deaths through accidents, drink driving, unknown affairs .... the list is endless and surprisingly long.
At other times we may experience grief as a result of loss with no death involved at all. We may have lost our job, our home, our relationship, our health, our reason for getting out of bed in the morning. We may have lost our sense of identity, who we are, and mourn the days when we felt the world was our oyster, or at least the days when we felt we had something to look forward to.
Any of the above can lead to feelings of fear, anxiety, as if the ground has been pulled from under our feet. To make things worse, our friends may have heard our problems so many times they are losing interest.
Talking to a stranger such as myself who doesn't know you or your story can make you feel so, so much better. I will listen to you, listen some more and never, ever judge. Rather, I would find it a real privilege to hear your story and work alongside you, supporting you all the way, until you feel able to set off on your own. This may happen after one session with me, or it may take six months: I don't know, but I won't abandon you until you feel ready.
My first session
The first session will be free of charge and last a maximum of 45 minutes.
In this session you will firstly give me a little background explaining what has prompted you to get in touch and why now / whether or not there has been a particular trigger. I would also ask why you selected me from the numerous other counsellors available.
Second, we would talk about how we could work together (when, how often, and how), and how we would manage payments etc.
Third, we would ascertain whether or not we feel we could work together in a way which would suit us both. This is important since the therapist/client relationship is critical to success - we don't want to start and later feel we can't stand the other person for some reason!
Finally I would want to briefly ask about any particular aims you may have for counselling and any particular worries you may have. You don't need to be sure of anything at this initial stage which is fine, but I'd probably want to check anyway in case there is anything I need to be aware of at this early stage.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self esteem, Stress, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling