Thank you for visiting my profile and if you're feeling anxious, low or confused and not sure how to move forward, deciding to have counselling is a really positive step.
I offer a professional, supportive and confidential space, where problems and upsetting situations can be discussed and explored; to gain understanding, relieve stress and ease emotional pain. We all encounter difficulties in life and sometimes need support and some personal time, away from our normal routine, even if family, friends or work colleagues are trying to help.
I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have been a Counsellor for over twenty five years. In that time, I have gained a great deal of valuable experience, working with a wide variety of clients with issues such as anxiety, panic and depression, bereavement, loss and the grief process, relationship problems, work-related stress and family issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred)
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling Studies
CRUSE training in Bereavement Counselling
Certificate in Person-Centred Expressive Therapy
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Pain Management
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Diploma in Hypnotherapy
In addition to these qualifications, I regularly attend specialist training courses, workshops, retreats and conferences, as part of my continuing personal and professional development.
Prior to becoming a Counsellor I was in teaching and later taught counselling on a part-time basis. Since qualifying as a Counsellor, I have run my private practice and also worked in a variety of settings, including NHS and the Voluntary Sector. My practice is based on the outskirts of Standish, near the M6, where I see my private clients, as well as staff who work for the NHS and in Education.
I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of conduct and ethics.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic pain and pain management
Free initial telephone or online session
Initial consultation free - there is no obligation to continue if you do not feel comfortable or have second thoughts about Counselling.
£50.00 per session (face to face counselling)
£40.00 per session online or telephone counselling
EAP or corporate please enquire
I work Monday to Friday, daytime and evenings and if required can offer some weekend appointments
I also work with clients, who may not have one specific issue as such, but are searching for new directions in their life, or want greater personal or career development and a deeper sense of purpose in their lives. It could be a low-level depressive feeling, a mid-life search for new growth, a spiritual search, philosophical questioning, or simply a wish to feel happier and fulfilled, more of the time.
HEALTH AND PAIN MANAGEMENT ISSUES - serious, terminal or chronic illness, fatigue and pain. Using a personally tailored combination of mindfulness based pain management techniques, hypnotherapy and counselling, great improvements can be made to levels of pain experienced, which can impact so positively on life and general wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a natural and simple type of meditation or self-awareness practice, and has been found extremely effective in managing and reducing anxious or depressive states and is easy to learn.
So many people today have such busy lifestyles, often juggling family/career needs, and they find themselves running on empty and living on automatic pilot. They take little or no time for themselves and gradually, anxious or negative thinking habits can take over. This impacts every aspect of life, from how they feel about themselves, to their relationships, career, health and home life. Mindfulness as a part of counselling, offers an opportunity to remove and manage negative and repetitive thoughts which undermine and create obstacles to a happier life. Mindfulness offers a range of simple relaxation techniques which can be easily incorporated into any lifestyle.
CONFIDENCE building, self-esteem and developing assertiveness skills
PTSD - Physical, mental and emotional trauma from accidents or other traumatic events
CARING for loved ones can be extremely challenging and, I feel strongly that all carers should have access to a wide range of support services, including counselling.