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26th October 2020 
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Counselling & Psychotherapy in Harpenden AL5 near Luton, Hatfield & Welwyn Garden City

During the current Coronavirus pandemic I am now offering online therapy consultations by Zoom or Skype. I am also able to suggest other resources to support you during this crisis see Further help. If you wish to discuss this with me please Email or phone me on
07484 222175 (confidential line for my consulting room with answerphone)


The impact of Coronavirus in the UK is affecting every area of people's lives. With the UK facing changing restrictions and local "lockdowns", many people are faced with issues of returning to work, children going back to school and the start of the university term. For some people, this may be a relief, for others it may be stressful. The future of certain industries is under question with many people facing job losses, this may trigger unbearable levels of anxiety or depression. Alternatively some people's lives have become less frantic and they feel calmer in the face of real challenges. If it would help to have a confidential conversation by telephone or online about your situation, give me a call or send an email. It is worth reflecting that past events in your life can often underlie current difficulties or stress, this may be exacerbated by the current Coronavirus crisis. Gaining some perspective on your life - present and past can often help.
You may find the following advice on Coronavirus Anxiety helpful (click on link) this is published by my professional organisation British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The NHS and Public Health England have a good website to help people during Coronavirus called Every Mind Matters

The normal situation....
Parking outside, 10 walk mins from Harpenden train station. Quick response guaranteed. I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist which means I have undertaken an extensive training over 6-8 years and am qualified to work with clients on an intensive basis (if suitable) from once to three times per week. All sessions are strictly confidential and I comply with the recent privacy requirements for data in line with GDPR (May 2018) Privacy Policy

Registered and Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP Reg. No. 085697)
Recognised by Bupa, AXA PPP Healthcare , Aviva Health Insurance & VitalityHealth to accept clients on health care insurance schemes and Healix Health Services on application.
Recognised by Employee Assistance Programmes - Workplace Options and Lifeworks

It is not always necessary to make big changes in your life to be happier! It may help to just have a quiet place to think in conversation with another person.
I can offer short-term counselling in Harpenden or longer term therapy to help you deal with:



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  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Loss
  • Anger
  • Moods
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Workplace stress
  • Redundancy
  • Retirement decisions
  • Study difficulties or exams



  • Therapeutic Approach:
    I work with my clients in the way that best suits them, most research shows that whatever the theoretical approach that is chosen by the client - it is the relationship with the counsellor or psychotherapist that matters. My general theoretical approach is based on the principles of Psychodynamic Counselling where I can help you think through how your current difficulties or stress might be based on things that have happened in the past. For more details see my page on Talking Therapy.



    My Background:
    Prior to setting up a counselling and psychotherapy practice in Harpenden I was based in Hatfield at The University of Hertfordshire as a tutor for 12 years. Before this I spent over 25 years as a manager in private companies and in the public sector. I am a fully qualified and registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. See Qualifications for more details.



    Fees:

  • 60 per 50 mins session for individuals
  • Fees are agreed depending on client's circumstances, times and frequency of sessions

  • If you cannot afford the full fee we can discuss your situation in the first session.

  • A limited number of concessions are available in the daytime for college/university students (aged 18-25), unemployed and low wage earners aged 18 or older (subject to initial consultation & discussion)

  • My page on Questions and Answers gives more details.



    Location:
    As a mature professional I am aware of the need for clients to find a counsellor who can offer a quiet, confidential space away from the stress of work and home life. My consulting room is in a private house in Harpenden with parking outside or nearby - and if you are seeking a Luton counsellor I am on the Luton side of Harpenden only 15 to 20 minutes away from Luton . I also offer psychotherapy and am near to Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City and surrounding areas. For access from motorways my counselling psychotherapy practice can be reached from Hatfield A1 Junction 3 and from Luton, Hemel Hempstead and Watford as I am only 10 minutes' drive from M1 Junction 9 (Dunstable & Redbourn) or Junction 10 (Luton Airport). The mainline station at Harpenden (First Capital Connect) and Harpenden High Street are both 10-15 minutes' walk away with fast trains from London St Pancras International (30 mins).