Hello, and thank you for visiting. It might be hard to get a sense of what I’m really like from a website, but please read on - your intuition is probably your best guide!
The phrase “Towards Contentment” is the best nutshell I can find to explain what I try to do - help you to handle any feelings which prevent you from being ok with your life, and to make the necessary changes. My approach to counselling is person-centred, and I sometimes use techniques from other approaches such as CBT, Gestalt, NLP, if this suits your needs as a client.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP and follow their Ethical Framework. You can find this at www.bacp.co.uk
Sessions are usually one full hour weekly, but I’m flexible and am happy to work to your needs as far as I can.
A “brilliant” counsellor for one person might be less helpful to another, and vice versa. It’s widely agreed that one of the most important things for successful counselling is the professional relationship between counsellor and client. The best way to get a sense of whether I’m the right person for you is to speak to me on the phone and arrange a free introductory session. So please leave me a message on 07908-799769 and I’ll phone you back as soon as I can. There is no obligation to go any further if it doesn’t feel right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster (now part of the University of Cumbria), starting in 2006. As well as my person-centred counselling Diploma I have a University Advanced Diploma specialising in trauma, also from Lancaster. I work in private practice and for two voluntary organisations as a trained supervisor for other counsellors and staff.
While I offer general counselling, I also have particular experience of working with trauma and sexual abuse, sexuality, and aftercare from addiction. Clients come to me with a wide range of feelings – it’s impossible to include them all but here are some examples:
- “I have a sense that something in my past is stopping me from being happy”.
- “I don’t know how I’m going to carry on living without………”
- “I’ve had some terrifying flashbacks and they’re interfering with my life”.
- “I’ve given up the drug and now I’ve got to learn to live without it.”
- “I feel trapped in this relationship and don’t know what to do.”
- “Sometimes it gets so bad that I’m worried about what I might do.”
- “I think I might be lesbian/gay.”
- “I feel like I’m putting on an act all the time and can’t be myself.”
- “There are too many times when I really hate myself.”
- “It’s like I just lose control.”
- “I’m really worried about …… but they never take any notice of what I say.”
- “I’m frightened of my feelings about ……..”
- “I feel so ashamed/guilty because……”
Whatever is worrying you, I can offer you a safe place where you can open up. Sometimes it helps just to air things, and sometimes we might go much deeper. Looking at something in depth can help to identify what is at the root of it all……. “That’s it!!! Now I can see why……!!” I can offer more specialised psychotherapy to help you get in touch with buried feelings, and to deal with the fear this can bring up. If you find yourself getting emotional during a session, I will help you to feel more settled before you leave.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour (negotiable)
I am a broad-minded, late middle-aged woman. I love people, and I’m not afraid to go with you to your difficult places – in fact I appreciate being trusted to share your world. My clients have taught me more than many other people I have met.
As a fellow human being I know that we all view life differently and we all sometimes make mistakes. I will do my utmost not to judge you even if I don’t always agree with you.
I value honesty because otherwise how can there be trust? This means I will always try to be honest with you, in the hope that you will then feel able to be honest with me – and with yourself.
I was brought up as a non-practising Christian and have more recently come to appreciate some aspects of Eastern philosophy and spirituality, especially Buddhism. If your spirituality is important to you, I welcome it into our sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client