I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I am bound by and adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework and I have regular supervision for my work. I offer long-term and short-term counselling for individuals aged 16 and over. Whilst person-centred counselling is my core approach, I also offer other techniques appropriate to your situation. These include equine-facilitated therapy, expressive arts therapy and ecotherapy. Counselling sessions take place in a comfortable room in Warrington, or by Skype or telephone. Equine-facilitated sessions take place in Northwich.
Sessions last for 1 hour (1.5 hours for equine-facilitated therapy) and are weekly. I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments. I cover issues such as adoption, addiction, anger, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, depression, grief, low self-confidence, childhood issues, abuse, stress, isolation and relationship issues.
How can I help?
Counselling provides the opportunity to work through problems, worries or concerns in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. I will help you find solutions from within yourself by listening to you in an empathic, non-judgmental manner. Counselling enables you to work through difficult and painful feelings and experience personal growth and self-awareness, and to develop coping strategies.
Horses live in the moment and are fully authentic. In equine-facilitated therapy, we work in the moment. Equine-facilitated therapy never involves riding the horse and you do not need to touch them. Instead, you are close to the horse, in a paddock, or if you prefer, you can stay on the outside of the paddock. We then explore the reactions of the horse and your reactions.
Horses are prey animals, and their survival depends on good communication and strong relationships within their herd. As a result, horses are remarkably intuitive and can read human moods, emotions and intentions through body language and energy. The way in which the horse responds to you provides insights into your emotions, attitudes and behaviours. By bringing these into your awareness, it enables you to facilitate effective change.
Equine-facilitated therapy is incredibly powerful and is used for a wide variety of issues, including addictions, abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bullying.
Person-centred Expressive Arts Therapy
This approach allows you to work at deeper levels, often revealing feelings that are hidden. You do not need to have any creative skill to benefit from this form of therapy. I facilitate the Creative Connection through arts materials, making marks on paper, creative writing and other creative modes. This allows you to express your inner feelings on a much deeper level. It allows you to access your subconscious awareness, and will often lead you to the root cause of your problem quicker than conventional talking therapies.
I also offer therapy outside in the Cheshire countryside. There are lovely parks, woodlands, rivers and waterways, and being out in the open, and close to nature brings another dimension to counselling. I offer either walk and talk therapy, or we can meet at a suitable location to sit and talk – similar to traditional therapy but outside!
Training, qualifications & experience
I am continuing to study at the University of Chester. I obtained my MA in Clinical Counselling in 2014. I researched the impact of being adopted on the existential sense of self, and this research was presented at the BACP Research Conference in 2017. I am currently working towards a Doctor of Professional Studies in Counselling and Psychological Trauma. My area of research is the development of a person-centred model of equine-facilitated therapy. I remain committed to continuing professional development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Hourly sessions - £50
Equine-facilitated therapy sessions - £75
Students - £30 for hourly sessions, £45 for equine-facilitated sessions
Maps & Directions
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