Hello. A little bit about myself .. I am a fully qualified (BACP Accred.) counsellor, with several years experience - working within a variety of settings - NHS Adult Mental Health, MacMillan Cancer & Bereavement, University Counselling Service and Lancashire MIND. As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am committed to working in accordance with their ethics and values. I offer a professional, warm, safe, accepting and confidential environment. Finding the right therapist is vital in my opinion, you need to feel at ease to build a trusting relationship. An initial consultation provides the opportunity to meet up, ask questions to check that we are comfortable to work together and to look at your counselling goals - what you want to achieve. You may feel unhappy or distressed, perhaps confused. Bereavement, loss, relationships, stress and anxiety, health issues or even a change in circumstances can cause difficulties and it may help to talk to someone outside your family or circle of friends. Whether it be unresolved feelings from the past, painful conflicts happening right now or worries about the future; counselling could provide time and space to work with your worries and help make sense of your life, unblocking any confusion. Together we can work on helping you develop a greater understanding of yourself and your difficulties. I recognise the need to offer different ways of working with individuals and use both Person Centred and CBT approaches. My role is to facilitate growth; supporting you to gain fresh insight, empowering you to make choices and ultimately move your life forward. I want to help you find ways in which to help yourself.
I also offer supervision for counsellors and student counsellors and accept referrals for EAP work.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP (Accred), Reg MBACP, BSc (Hons) Professional Counselling Studies, Advanced Diploma in Counselling Level 4, Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2, Introduction to Counselling, Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Diploma in Counselling Supervision, Certificate in Supportive & Palliative Care Counselling, Certificate in Loss & Bereavement, Certificate in Counselling, Confidentiality and the Law, Certificate in Mental Health Awareness.
Have recently attended workshops on:- Carers in Palliative Care, The Suicidal Client - a counselling perspective, Spirituality, Assessments in Counselling, Working Therapeutically with Photographs and a Mindfulness Workshop with Annette Dunn, Domestic Violence, Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults.
Currently working as NHS Counsellor in Adult Mental Health
6 years NHS (Primary Care Trust) experience
5 years experience working with students and staff within a University setting
Member of Counselling Panel for Lancashire MIND
Specialist Bereavement & Palliative Care Counsellor (voluntary).
I receive both Private & Group Supervision and am committed to on-going professional development.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Supervision - Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Evening & weekend appointments available.
I work in a quiet, private and relaxed setting situated in Bolton (close to Bolton School), within easy access of M61 J5 and A666 Bolton Town Centre. There is ample free parking. Appointments Mon-Sat. If I am unavailable please leave a message - I will return your call.
Counselling cannot change what has happened in the past but may help you to gain fresh insight and give direction in your decision making.