I am a friendly, qualified and experienced 1-1 & couples counsellor and supervisor working in south Manchester.
I am a registered member of the British Association for counselling and psychotherapy and abide by their ethical standards.
I offer a confidential, professional and non-judgemental service.
I can offer short or long term therapy, depending on what is required.
I work from a person centred perspective because I believe that when people are given a safe space to explore their feelings and difficulties they can grow and develop the resources they already have within themselves to live more satisfying lives.
I have been working in the social care field for 17 years, including working in mental health, youth work, with lesbian, gay and bisexual people, refugees and at a women's refuge.
In addition to my private practice, I have gained my counselling experience at a rape crisis centre, a doctors surgery, a brook advisory service and a young peoples mental health centre.
Counselling has helped me in my own life to grow in confidence and self belief and also to have healthier and happier relationships with others. I find it very rewarding to see other people develop their own strengths and resources.
I believe that counselling can be of benefit to anyone, whatever their background or difficulties. Most people at some point in their lives will struggle with feelings of depression, anxiety or low confidence, especially when going through difficult life events such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or problems at work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in psychology (University of Liverpool, 1995).
I also have a Masters in Social Work (Manchester Metropolitan University, 2000).
Advanced cert in counselling skills (1998)
Advanced Diploma in counselling (2002-2004)
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision (2007-2008)
Certificate in Couples counselling 2011
Other short courses include:
Stress and trauma
Mindfulness approaches to stress
I have also offered workshops around issues of self-harm and suicide and general mental health awareness.
I have trained young people to staff a helpline and befriending project.
I have run a well-being project for refugees & helped set up a pilot counselling service for women asylum seekers.
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
Self-harm;cultural & identity issues; work with women; oppression and discrimination; survivors of childhood abuse.
I charge £45 an hour for individual therapy and £70 for 1.5 hours couples counselling (concessions are available for the unemployed/those on low income).
I have daytime and some evening slots.
Please feel free to call or email me in confidence with any queries you may have about how I work.