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About me

If you are finding life difficult,  experiencing mental or emotional distress, or finding relationships problematic, then counselling may give you the space to find a way through.

It might be that you are feeling dissatisfied with life, or have lost your sense of direction and purpose. Again counselling can provide you with the space to discover new perspectives and possibilities.

I am an experienced person-centred counsellor and supervisor working in South Liverpool, qualified since 1998, working with individuals and couples. My down-to-earth yet professional approach helps people to feel able to begin exploring their difficulties and move to a place of greater clarity.

The person-centre approach to counselling is powerful because it gives us the opportunity to be heard and to explore our difficulties in a safe and non-judgemental space, creating the conditions for us to contact our inner resources and come to a greater understanding of our situation. This can enable us to grow towards a more satisfying way of living and being.

Counselling has been of great benefit to me in my own life in that it has helped me to grow in confidence and self belief, as well improving my relationships with others.

I have over twenty years experience of working in the social care field, including work in mental health, addictions, work with women, homeless people, people with learning disabilities, offenders and elderly people.

In addition to working in my private counselling practice since 2008, I have gained my counselling experience working in an addictions treatment centre, for Rape Crisis, Victim Support, and within a university counselling service. I currently work part-time as a staff counsellor in NHS occupational health services.

I offer individual and couples therapy. I am also a qualified and experienced Counselling Supervisor, and Group Facilitator, although I am not currently running a group in my private practice.

I am an accredited member of the BACP, and as such I am guided by and work within their ethical framework. I offer a professional confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Honours) Degree in English (1992)
  • Advanced Cerificate in Counselling (1996)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling (1998)
  • BACP Accredited (2010)
  • Post Graduate Cert in Counselling Supervision (2013)

Other training:

  • Interpersonal Group Therapy (2007)
  • Twelve Step Facilitation (2008)
  • Essential Gestalt (2009)
  • Transactional Analysis (101) (2012)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy (2014)
  • Group Facilitation (Nick Totton) (2015)

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

Oppression & Discrimination;
Work with Women;
Survivors of Sexual Abuse;

Family estrangement;


From £55.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

Sliding scale of fees depending on household income & financial circumstances - further information provided upon enquiry

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Latest slot 5pm

Rodney Chambers, 40 Rodney St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9AA

Rodney Chambers, 40 Rodney St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9AA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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