I am a very experienced counsellor who strongly believes in the power of the relationship between counsellor & client to build self-esteem and empower you to make changes in your life. Whether you are a first timer or have had a bad experience of counselling let me help you.
Just email or ring me to arrange an initial hourly appointment, at which you can tell me what your issues are, & if you then wish to continue we will arrange further sessions at a time to suit us both. These are usually once a week.
I provide a lovely safe space in my room in an attractive market town in Northumberland, just off the A1 and with a regular bus service.
I am retired from regular employment so am flexible as to days & times for appointments, including some evenings. I am happy to take referrals for clients aged 18 & upwards.
My way of working
Essentially I work in a person centred way, allowing the client to set the purpose, direction & agenda for the counselling. I am very interested in the childhood and life history of each person- which is unique to them- & will have had an influence on their present difficulties.
I may use some CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) if that is appropriate, but do not follow one 'technique' that may or may not work. My type of therapy is geared entirely to the individual client.
I take the issue of confidentiality very seriously, and follow the BACP code of ethical practice.
Areas of counselling
I work with a wide range of issues including child abuse, relationship/sexual problems, work stress, bereavement, anxiety & depression, and problems resulting from a boarding school education.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Psychology, and did my initial training with Relate as a couples counsellor. Then in the decade before I retired I taught counselling at an FE college, covering all theories and approaches, but predominantly person centred.
For 6 years I ran the bereavement service at my local hospice, and trained the bereavement volunteers for Cruse Tyneside.
I have had counselling myself and so I know what it is like to be on the other side.
I have attended numerous training courses over the years and maintain my Continuing Professional Development each year as required by BACP.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
£40 per hour
Concessions for students and those on low income, negotiable before counselling starts
I am also an experienced counselling Supervisor
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Very flexible, and can also do some evening appointments, currently Thursday or Friday
Types of client