Hello. Choosing a counsellor can be daunting and there are many to choose from. I am a person-centred counsellor, working from the belief that each person has the right and potential to find solutions that work for them but that they sometimes need a bit of help in coming to their own understanding of their lives and experiences. Person Centred counsellors believe an important part of that help is in the form of the warmth and acceptance and genuine desire to understand what it is like to be you offered in therapy.
You deserve respect and to be met without judgement and this is fundamental to the relationship between you and your therapist. Because therapy is a special sort of relationship, the right therapist for you is one of the most important choices you can make.
Our first meeting would be to discuss the difficulties that you feel have led you to seek a counsellor and to see if I might be that person so we really begin to work from the first session as the most meaningful way of helping you make that choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a person-centred counsellor and supervisor and am accredited by BACP. I have been meeting individuals and the variety of difficulties they bring, since 2001 and have worked in quite a variety of counselling contexts including student counselling, the local constabulary, Rape Crisis and general practice in a GP surgery.
I have a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Supervision and an Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation. Like most counsellors, I continue to train and attend courses to further develop my skills and knowledge and am happy to provide details.
My practice is greatly enhanced by Mindfulness practice and training which is concerned with a particular way of paying attention and being aware of what is happening as it happens and which many clients feel to be of help when struggling with anxiety, stress or depression.
2002 Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)
2005 Certificate in Education (Cert.ED., University of Central Lancashire)
2006 Certificate (Adv.) in Group Facilitation
2008 CAADA IDVA Qualification (Domestic Violence Advocacy)
2009 Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Supervision
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work from a Person Centred perspective, meeting a person rather than a problem and working with that person's perspective on the difficulties they bring. I integrate work from Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches which many have found particularly helpful when feelings of shame or unworthiness have been part of their experience.
£40.00 per 50 minute/hour session
I work across Cumbria, seeing clients in Kendal, Carlisle, Whitehaven and Cockermouth. I can occasionally offer evening appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Supervision & training
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