I have been helping people to talk about their concerns for over 20 years. People approaching a counsellor for the first time may feel hesitant - perhaps they think counselling will not help, or their problem is too big or too small or too confusing. They may feel they should be able to sort it out without help. I am aware that it is not always easy to start to talk about some things and I am willing , if necessary, to help and encourage people to find a way to begin to talk about what concerns them.
A significant number of people are helped by counselling at some point in their lives. The undivided attention of someone outside a person's day to day life can gradually help to build insight and the realisation that a problem could be approached with a new perspective. Being understood and truly listened to often leads to a growth in self confidence and with this, comes the possibility of making changes.
Over the years I have been told that my willingness to take part in the conversation is much appreciated. I am not a counsellor who merely reflects back what you have said, nor someone unwilling to offer a suggestion when I think it could help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an advanced diploma in person centred counselling from Strathclyde University and am accredited by BACP .This means that my experience is recognised as being more advanced than a registered member. I have supervised other counsellors.
I have worked as a counsellor since 1992, including 16 years part time at CancerCare in Kendal and Lancaster. While this work inevitably covered living with serious illness, loss and bereavement, I also have considerable experience in successfully helping men and women with a much wider range of problems including relationship difficulties like parenting, divorce, friction in a family; the after effects of abuse, both as a child and an adult; low self esteem, anxiety and despair; and various work-related concerns like redundancy and stress . I see myself as working with the person, not the problem and I feel that a good relationship between us is crucial to the success of the counselling. For this reason, I am very happy to use the initial session to explore whether counselling has the potential to help, whether we think we could work together and to make other suggestions if you think another counsellor might work better for you.I do not charge for this introductory session.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £35 per 55 minute session.
I am often asked how long it will take. Unfortunately, it is not easy to answer this, especially at the beginning of the counselling. However, it is something I would want to talk about regularly throughout a course of counselling. The client will always have the freedom to stop at any time, though it usually helps to talk over the ending first.
Most people have weekly appointments, especially initially, but this can be flexible.
My mobile phone asks you to leave a message. I will definitely call you back and it will usually be within 24 hours.
There is parking very near my room in Kendal. Its is a short walk from Kendal train station and about 7 minutes walk from Kendal bus station.
20 miles from Lancaster
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|