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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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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
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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.
When I work
Monday- Friday. Limited evening availability.
Please feel free to call or email me in confidence with any queries you may have about how I work.