Hi, my name is Moira. I am a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, career and life coach based in Preston, Lancashire. I am also a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, manager, volunteer, business owner and I am me.
I strongly believe in personal development (including my own) and supporting people to get to where they want to be. I have worked as a senior manager in the NHS for over 13 years managing change; change of services, organisational change, change of culture and supporting individuals to change, develop and grow. I have learned that working with change and more importantly working with people involved in change requires time...time to talk and time to listen, commitment and empathy.
My personal experiences of feeling stuck, frustrated and confused about where I was going, what I was doing and what I stood for, led me on a journey of self-discovery, personal and professional development. Throughout my training and beyond I have worked as a counsellor in primary and secondary schools and in women's centres, I now have a small private practice where I provide counselling and psychotherapy from my home in Preston. I continue to work part-time as an Associate Director in the NHS where I manage a small team of experts in commercial relationships, licensing and contract management, I also provide career and life coaching and mentoring to those working in health and social care.
I take an integrative approach to counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. This means I blend several different theories and techniques, drawing on elements of each to best help and support you. I bring together the affective, cognitive, behavioural and physiological systems within one person, taking account of your environment, providing a flexible, client centred approach to address your needs. We work together to understand what are the actual emotions underneath the actions that are driving the behaviour and where do those emotions come from. It’s not about acting into the right emotion. It’s a question of understanding what are the source emotions from which we are acting.
Children's and Adolescent Services
I provide emotional and therapeutic services to children and adolescents, from 4 years of age, building resilience and healing through talking, creative work and play. Children and adolescents can often find themselves needing support to cope with wide ranging and often complex social issues such as family breakdown, health problems, abuse, loneliness, bullying, bereavement & trauma. As well as my private practice I work with children in primary and secondary schools and have been doing this for 4 years.
Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adults and Couples
I provide emotional, therapeutic and personal change services for individuals and couples. I hold the fundamental assumption that as human beings we are all OK and that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives. You might feel there is nothing specific, you may feel low, down, lost, stuck, lots of pressures such as managing workloads, finances, life at home or ill health. Or you may be facing very specific issues with relationships, gender, sexuality, bereavement, anxiety and stress, self-image, lack of confidence and self-esteem, domestic violence, abuse, feelings of loneliness, isolation or generalised feelings of unhappiness. These pressures can build and you can end up feeling like there is no hope or no way forward, I can offer services to support you. As well as my private practice, for over 3 years I have worked with adults referred from health and social care professionals such as doctors, midwives, social workers and self-referral this is part of the NHS funded Improving Acces to Psychological Therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy.
This MA seals a constructive and challenging learning experience which develops interconnectedness of theory, practice, research, self awareness and personal development. It affirms that the psychotherapist has developed an integrative approach with a critical basis for practice and ethical and professional integrity. Practitioners who have completed the MA are competent to offer high-quality Integrative Psychotherapy in a variety of contexts, appropriate to the needs of the client, organisation and society (University of Central Lancashire 2015).
Diploma in Transactional Analysis (TA) Counselling.
This is a four year training programme. TA is a humanistic, integrative, psychoanalytical, psychodynamic therapy. TA promotes personal growth and change; it is a therapy for promoting well-being and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
Post Graduate Certificate in Working Therapeutically with Children and Adolescents.
This post graduate course focused on understanding the effect of the child’s experience of early relationships and environment on the child’s successful social and emotional development, and in particular for learning how to effectively regulate their emotions. Using play therapy as a way for the child to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process.
Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) Level 1&2.
DDP is an attachment focused family therapy. This training involves creating a playful, accepting, curious, and empathic (PACE) environment in which the therapist attunes to the child's subjective experiences and reflects this back to the child by means of eye contact, facial expressions, gestures and movements, voice tone, timing and touch, co-regulates emotional affect and co-constructs an alternative autobiographical narrative with the child. DDP makes use of cognitive-behavioural strategies. supporting the child and family to create new narratives and healing.
Diploma Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
This training provided a set of tools to apply to a therapy, coaching or life in general. It provides techniques to gain extra insights into the unconscious meanings behind what people say to enable the therapist or coach to facilitate change in a conversational way.
Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate in Coaching and Management Mentoring.
The level 5 certificate focused on the understanding of the role and responsibilities of the coach and mentor in the workplace, through deepening understanding of how coaching and mentoring can impact on a person, team and organisation.
Other Training Undertaken:
• Trauma, Resilience and Recovery
• Working with Relational Trauma: Attachment and Health Relationships (PODS)
• Learning Disabilities, Child Development and Sexuality (Place2Be)
• Attachment Theory and Self-Awareness in the Counsellor (Place2Be)
• Group Work (Place2Be)
• Children’s Emotional Wellbeing (Place2Be)
• Working with Metaphor (Place2Be)
• Working with Difference and Diversity (Place2Be)
• Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (The Berne Institute)
• Counselling Skills (The Berne Institute)
• Transactional Analysis 101 Verification Certificate (The Berne Institute)
• Top Managers Leadership Programme (The Kingsfund)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship issues
-Working with adults, children & adolescents on a 'one to one' basis is charged at:
£40.00 before 5pm and £45 after 5pm appointment.
-Working with families & couples is charged at:
-All appointments are for 60 minutes with sessions taking place on a weekly basis.
-Therapy can be time limited or open ended depending on what it is you wish to work on.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|