Considering counselling for the first time can be an incredibly difficult experience for many people. The thought of opening up about the things we're finding most difficult, things that we often don't fully understand, can leave us feeling even more vulnerable and isolated. Whatever your difficulty, i.e. Relationship or family problems, bullying, anxiety or low mood, for counselling to 'work', it is really important that you feel comfortable within the relationship between you and your therapist. Please feel free to read on or visit my website to learn more or simply call now on 07950775358 to book (appointments available this week in our discrete counselling room in Hartford, Northwich or at your home address by agreement) or for an informal chat about how I can support you.
Its likely if you're reading this that you've made a big step in reaching out for support, the next would usually be to make contact with one or more therapists to find out if counselling is for you and if so, which therapist might be the right one. You can contact me via telephone or email to ask any questions or voice any concerns you might have before deciding to book a first session. If you decide to come for a first session, we will agree a day and time that suits. This appointment is about getting to know each other, making sure counselling is the right way forward and that you are comfortable with what can be offered. If we agree to continue to meet, we will usually agree a number of sessions, usually on the same day and time. Sessions last between 50 minutes and an hour.
How I work
Preconceptions about what counselling is often point to a person in the role of expert, providing either advice or some form of interpretation. The kind of therapy I offer, has you and your individual needs at the centre, it provides a safe space where you can explore what you need in your own time. This can look very different for each individual depending on where you are in your life. You may simply need a non-judgemental space to explore and challenge how you are experiencing your current circumstances. For others, a safe, gentle and supportive relationship is what is required to enable you to build resilience and be better equipped to be healthy and fulfilled or to manage difficulties with low mood or anxiety.
The In the main I work within a person-centred framework but bring elements of CBT, Gestalt, TA and play therapy in order to tailor counselling to you and how you want to work.
I work closely with another counsellor as Young Rose Counselling and Psychotherapy http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/counsellors/young-rose-counselling-psychotherapy which provides an advantage of choice and the option for multiple family members to be seen within the same setting.
Its really important you feel comfortable to talk openly during sessions and although this depends on how you feel in sessions, it's good to know that there are professional frameworka that many practitioners work by. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which clarifies expected standards. Included in the BACPs ethical framework (http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/new_ef.php), are many elements of what counselling is supposed to look like and what is not good practice, things like confidentiality, training and qualifications or respecting your ability to self-govern, along with practitioners being answerable to a governing body.
Training, qualifications & experience
Bsc Psychology (Hons), PgDip Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Salford - Registered Member MBACP - Currently undertaking a Level 4 certificate in counselling children and research into initial contact between clients and counselling services with the University of Salford
Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Safeguarding, Play Therapy
I currently counsel clients for Beacon Counselling in Stockport and in a Manchester Primary School for Place2B along with private work. My counselling experience also includes clients within secondary and 6th form educational settings. My previous experience includes 10 years managing services for Local Authority Safeguarding, Education and Welfare officer and caring roles for both adults and children.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
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Sessions are offered at £40 for a one-hour session although discounts for students, those with low-incomes and block bookings can be negotiated.
It is requested that all fees are paid a week in advance via cash, chequer or BACS. Non-attendance or same day cancellations may be subject to a charge.
I hold enhanced DBS disclosure and full professional indemnity insurance. Professional references can be provided on request.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available 9am to 10pm 7 days a week
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|