01434 684 522 / 0773 998 6526
I chose to add to my previous behaviourist training by doing an MA (Dunelm) in Counselling, in Humanistic Psychology. I have now worked for close to 20 years as a counsellor in private practice.
I have always enjoyed the variety of people and the different problems brought to counselling. I am curious about humanity, about how we work and what we do. Strangely I am happy to be working with people who have problems or problem situations in their lives, and I am able to gain pleasure in seeing clients growing and sorting out what they want to do with any problem situation.
I am occasionally asked to do couple counselling. Usually the request comes when the relationship is on the verge of disintegrating, which is far too late for anything more than sorting out how the relationship got to this point, and helping the clients to identify their respective lists of what to take away from the relationship. Occasionally people do come earlier which allows us to look at the problems and to find ways to handle it more effectively because neither partner wants to give up their marriage, but they don't know how to make this happen. Often all I can do is refer to more appropriate help.
For myself, as a wicked old age pensioner, I try hard not to take life too seriously despite being disabled following a stroke. My job as a counsellor has been for the best part of my professional life as it requires me to sit still for an hour at a time. For myself I have a productive kitchen garden, seven cats, a rescue horse and an assortment of chickens to love and care for. My husband and I took a course on beekeeping after we retired and we now have our own bees. Alongside this I am teaching myself how to work with leather, which is also a wonderful experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
My original degree was a four year Batchelor of Education (BEd) from Newcastle Uni.
I completed an NCFE (national awarding body) supervision course, in house.
I have worked as a tutor at Newcastle College, as part of a team developing and delivering a range of counselling courses from Basic Skills to Diploma level.
I am a member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (mBACP).
I am a Senior Accredited Counsellor with BACP and also a Senior Accredited Supervisor with BACP.
You can see that I am on the 'accredited voluntary register' organised by the BACP for government to see that it's counsellors and supervisors are working to a high standard.
In doing private work, I see clients face to face where possible, but I also offer telephone and email counselling and Skype counselling for those unable to make it to my counselling room.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with transgender issues, specifically, but not just with those wanting gender reassignment, instead those who are finding problems 'coming out' or accepting that they have gender issues, or that they are feeling ignored or even thrown out of the family for wanting such pain and fear into the open.
I also work with people who are experiencing difficulty because they have been diagnosed with the title of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID or DIDNOS) and cannot find a therapist in their area, who understands DID and can deal with the situations they find themselves facing. Also those who haven't been able to communicate this to their GP and so aren't able to have a diagnosis and don't know how to find help.
I charge £45 per 50 minute sessions, of Counselling or Supervision, currently.
My fee, currently, is £50 for work with couples.
I operate a 'pay as you go' system which means that clients pay after each completed session and are in control of how many sessions and how long between sessions.
I respect the professional nature of my business, but cannot afford to sit for an hour waiting for a client who doesn't turn up. I ask all clients and supervisees to give me at least a day's notice or I will need to charge for the session anyway. My charge for forgotten or missed sessions is a flat fee of £35.
Face to face payment is preferable, and I don't have need to charge VAT. Payment for phone or Skype work can be paid through Paypal. I do not take credit cards as it would increase costs that would require higher fees.
Anything further about working with me or about counselling in general can to dealt with either with a call or an email:- 01434 684 522 or 0773 998 6526 or email@example.com
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available from 2.30pm most days, with a last appointment at 6.00pm. I can be quite flexible if given some notice. I offer Skype, email, or telephone counselling if I'm not in your area.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I trained in person centred supervision and became a BACP Senior Accredited supervisor some years ago.View supervision profile