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Trauma Consultant, Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor

About me

Anxiety,depression and oncology support are the main focus of my  service. I am a Certified and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  My work is fully insured, DBS checked and supervised.  I offer an integrated talking therapy service tailored to individual need. I am a qualified and experienced Psychotherapist/Counselor, Hypnotherapist and Alternative Therapies Practitioner. I also offer Clinical Supervision to staff and trainee therapists.  I am a Bupa approved Employee Assistance Programme professional.  I can offer Critical Incident Debrief support to employees of large organisations.    I am also able to converse in Punjabi and urdu, so enabling access for the wider community.

I offer a FREE consultation for you to decide whether counselling is something you feel is right for you at this time.

I have a PG Cert in Clinical Supervision.  I am a registered Suicide Prevention Trainer.  I am able to offer other therapies to include Hypnosis and Oncology support for individuals and their affected family members.    I have worked in Corporate, Clinical and volunatry services with young people as well as vulnerable adults presenting with a range of issues..  I am able to  undertake short, medium and long-term work with private individuals and couples, as well as time-limited counselling for organisations/ agencies .
I have mentored/supervised trainee therapists on placement

I am an Integrative counsellor, ie I blend different methods of counseling according to your needs. Thus allowing me to use a range of therapeutic approaches to positively impact on the difficult and stressful issues discussed within my safe and confidential counselling room.
I focus on the  promotion of health and well being of my client whilst my compassion, vision and relentless enthusiasm  focuses  on their emotional and spiritual journey through the counselling process, so providing a truly holistic experience

Online, email, skype and telephone counselling available. I work according to the individual client's needs. I  offer on line therapy as I appreciate that for various reasons, face to face counseling is not an option for some clients.

Full disability access and facilities at my venue.

I work  within BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

2016 EMDR Therapist EMDR Centre UK

2016 Level 5 Leadership and Management

2012 PG Cert Clinical Supervision

2012 MA Counselling Studies

2004 Counselling Qualification:Salford Universit2016y
2006 BSc (Hons) Psychotherapeutic Interventions
2007 Dip Hypnopsychotherapy (NCHP - National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy)
Advanced Certificate in Hypnopsychotherapy (ABC)
NVQ 3 Holistic Therapies
PGCE Ed University of Bolton
2009 PG Cert Supervision in Counselling
City & Guilds 7307 and part 1 Cert Ed (equivalent to present 7407)
2012 MA Counselling Studies.
Registered Trainer Suicide Prevention (ASIST)
Oncology Support Trainomg 2015
Critical Incident Debreifing 2015

Short courses attended:-

Motiviational Coaching
Deaf awareness
Misuse of Substances
Domestic violence
Using Creative Counselling techniques
Bereavement and loss
Anger management
Mental health awareness
Working with young people
Diversity Awareness
Self harm
Working with sexual offenders

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Forced Marriage issues
Arranged Marriage issues
Form filling
Benefit support
Job coaching/CV support
Appeals support


Additional information

£60 per session for couples
£45 for individuals
£35 for over 60's
No charge for initial consultation.

On line counselling £35
Telephone counselling £35
Hypnotherapy - £55
Motivational Coaching £45

EMDR Therapy £65

Pain Management using EMDR £65

I offer EAP services to Organsiations/Employees
I offer Critical Incident Debriefing to support employees/organisations
I offer Oncology support counselling

When I work

Evenings and week ends including some mornings and some afternoons.

Further information

My main therapeutic approach is Person Centred, but I have also had training in Trauma Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness.

However, in general, I look to the needs of my clients and work in the way that I believe will be most effective for them.

Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

toilet available on site

Additional languages

Urdu and Punjabi


In person

I provide counselling supervision to a number of colleges and universities on behalf of their Bsc and MSc students, as well as provide clinical supervision to front line staff.

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