I am a fully qualified, BACP registered and accredited counsellor/psychotherapist holding over 19 years' experience with many kinds of problems. Initially trained in person-centred therapy, I now work in an integrative way - my experience has shown me that different people need different things at different times.
My integrative approach enables me to work flexibly with a variety of people and their concerns. Aiming to always work in a way that is the most helpful for my clients, I see the value of using other approaches to therapy, understanding that everybody is different in the way that they look at their life and how they may understand their problems.
For example, some clients may find it helpful to explore their past, in particular their childhood experiences - relationships with parents, siblings, family members or other significant figures in their lives, often shedding light on their current problems, difficult relationships or unhelpful beliefs about themselves.
Other clients prefer to focus on specific concerns, collaborating together on a work plan or agenda and then seeking solutions and working towards their goals. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), which works towards developing ways of coping with or changing negative thought patterns or behaviours, can often be very helpful in this and many of my clients have found it useful to collaborate and discuss ways forward in their sessions. This is always done with small 'bite-size' moves, always with a view to making it realistic and achievable.
At times, we might work with the concept of the 'inner child' as well as the many other 'parts' of us that require our attention and can help us to understand ourselves more deeply.
General self-care and lifestyle choices, depending on each person's unique needs, can be explored too. Learning ways to relax and self-regulate - soothing the body and mind, using breathing techniques, mindfulness and other grounding techniques - have been useful to many clients in the past. This can be of particular importance if there have been traumatic events in the person's history still affecting the body now, causing tension, rage, sleeplessness, anxiety or panic.
Sometimes, clients will identify unhelpful lifestyle habits or patterns, such as how their diet and eating styles affect their moods, getting insufficient sleep or other stressful factors in their lives, and then work gradually toward making small changes to their self-care, understanding more about how to help themselves feel better both mentally and physically.
Many clients simply need a regular, trustworthy, safe and private space to speak and be heard without judgement or criticism, with an opportunity to learn and make sense of their experiences.
Ultimately, I strive to provide all of my clients with a warm and confidential space, always allowing them to guide me in providing the right kind of support and information they might need; assisting them to work through their specific problems in a way that feels right to them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master's degree in counselling (for which I was awarded a distinction in 2012) as well as my initial Post Graduate Diploma in the person-centred approach to counselling in 2003. In addition, I am an accredited member of the BACP and on the BACP register of counsellors and psychotherapists.
I have also completed a certificate in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) as well as other training such as couples therapy; work around cultural and diversity issues - including lesbian, gay and bisexual issues (a gay/queer affirmative approach); trans issues; HIV and current developments; and my own personal development.
My therapy experience has seen a wide range of people and problems over the years including depression; panic and anxiety; work-related stress; obsessive thoughts and behaviours; loss and bereavement; financial concerns; discrimination at work and oppression; homophobia, bi-phobia and transphobia; sexuality and relationships; family issues; bullying, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and assertiveness.
I also worked as a university counsellor at the University of Liverpool between March 2016 & 2017, supporting students with a wide variety of problems - academic pressures, financial concerns, general welfare and living, all impacting their mental health.
In addition to this, I worked for 12 years (2002-2014) as a sessional counsellor at Sahir House, an HIV charity organisation in Liverpool which provides support and information to those living with and affected by HIV.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Managing life changes
Racism and ethnic discrimination
Social and cultural oppression
Queerphobia - homophobia, biphobia & transphobia
From £52.00 to £60.00
Free initial in-person session
Individuals £60 per hour session.
My standard rate per hour session is £60. I also offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate of £52 if my standard rate is unaffordable. Please be sure to check availability on initial enquiry if this is a concern.
Making sure you feel comfortable when choosing your counsellor/psychotherapist is highly important and is the reason I offer a free, no obligation, half-hour meeting, giving you a chance to come and meet me and also see the premises from which I work. It's crucial that you feel at ease and you are invited to ask me ANY questions and generally spend a little time to try and get a good sense of what it might be like for us to work together.
If after the half-hour you decide to go away to think further about the sessions, then this is absolutely fine and there is no charge for that time. If however, you feel comfortable and decide to stay to discuss things further, giving us time to begin the assessment and contract, the rest of the hour will be made available to do this and the whole hour will then be charged at the standard rate.
I am also more than happy to discuss any concerns over the phone or via email, whichever is preferred.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - availability from 10.00am through the day until late afternoon/early evening. My last appointments run from 4.15pm to 5.15pm
I have week day availability (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays half day).
There is usually car parking available outside or near the premises and frequent bus services run within 100m from the door.
Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access due to my consulting room being situated in a room on the first floor at the top of a flight of stairs and no lift available.
Please feel free to call me for an informal chat about anything at all to do with attending counselling sessions; I have an answer machine and will always return your calls and emails.