Hello and welcome to my profile.
I have over 18 years experience working as a person centred counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist offering a professional service, in a safe, accepting and confidential environment. I deal with a wide range of issues including abuse, low self esteem/self confidence, stress and anxiety, panic disorder, depression, loss and bereavement, relationship difficulties, and sexuality to name but a few.
We all have times in our lives when we feel distressed, confused or overwhelmed and it can be a relief to talk to someone outside your family or circle of friends. My role as a counsellor is to get to know you and help you develop a greater understanding of yourself, enabling you to explore your feelings, thoughts and actions in relation to your difficulties. It could be unresolved feelings and trauma from the past, painful conflicts in the present or worries about the future. Counselling can provide time and space to work with your concerns and help make sense of your life - only when we understand ourselves can we bring about change in our lives.
With courage and commitment and in the companionship of a caring professional, you may find fresh insight, empowering you to make choices and ultimately move your life forward.
Initially I trained in Person Centred Therapy but also use an integrative approach depending on the needs of each individual.
Person Centred Counselling focuses on an individuals self worth and values. Being valued as a person, without being judged, can help an individual accept who they are and reconnect with themselves.
Being heard and truly listened to has a powerful impact on a person. Research shows that continuous experiences of being acknowledged and validated in a relationship provide unique opportunities for change, growth and clarity.
Depending on the presenting problem, other therapeutic approaches will be integrated. While a person centred approach always provides a fundamental base for treatment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques can be introduced to address the role of dysfunctional thought patterns on emotional life, effect behaviourial change and encourage you to become your own therapist, if you so wish. I want to help you to make the changes you need to live a more fulfilling life.
In addition to individual counselling, I have experience of working with couples whether it be a marriage, co-habitation or civil partnership. The relationship, rather than the two individuals, is the 'client'.
I offer both short and long term therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Salford City College). Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Level 4) - validated by ABC (Awarding Body Consortium). Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2, Introduction to Counselling, Certificate in Loss and Bereavement, Certificate in Supportive and Palliative Care Counselling, Certificate in Counselling, Confidentiality and the Law, Certificate in Mental Health Awareness and Certificate in Working with Couples.
Training Courses Attended
Carers in Palliative Care, Spirituality, The Suicidal Client. The John Costello Workshop 'Beyond Grief and Loss and Bereavement.' Working Therapeutically with Photographs - a creative way of working with clients. 'Tightropes and Safety Nets' and Assessments in Counselling. Brief Solution Focused Therapy (CRBT - module 3) (January 2012). Mindfulness Workshop (March 2012). End of Life Training Course (Oct 2012). Integrated Mindfulness Training - 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (November 2012). Counselling Dilemmas (April 2013). Designing the Suicide Policy (March 2014). Body Image and Cancer (July 2014). Therapeutic Presence (September 2014). Congruence Training (February 2015). Assessment: The What, Why and How (November 2015).
I have been a co-facilitator at the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre based at Trafford General Hospital running a 5 week course entitled 'Living with Hope.' (2011).
I have 11 years NHS (Primary Care) experience.
Bereavement, Supportive and Palliative Care Counsellor (voluntary).
I am a member of British Association in Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and abide by their code of ethics. (www.bacp.co.uk)
I receive both private and group supervision and am committed to ongoing professional development.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£35.00 Initial consultation
£45.00 (Individual therapy, per session)
£50.00 (couple therapy, per session)
Please note a £12 cancellation fee will be charged if less than 48 hours notice is given.
I have a strong belief that the relationship between you and your counsellor is at the very heart of therapy so it's important that you choose someone who is right for you. An initial consultation provides the opportunity to meet up to determine if counselling could be of benefit to you and that we feel comfortable to work together.
If I am unable to take your call please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. All calls will be returned.
Daytime and evening appointments available (Monday to Friday).