I am an experienced, BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am also a Mindfulness teacher and practitioner. I practise from Croston in Lancashire. PR26 9RQ
How counselling can help?
There are times in our lives when we may feel very unhappy and that we can’t cope with whatever life problems we are confronted with. We may feel lost and confused and we may not know what to do.
Talking with an experienced Counsellor may help us to increase our awareness of who we are, how we relate to others and how we function in the world. It may help us to improve our emotional intelligence so that we understand our thoughts and feelings more and the reasons why we behave in the way we do. Through counselling, we develop an improved capacity to cope, we learn how to make better decisons and we live a more fulfilled life. We become our own Therapist.
What is counselling?
Counselling gives you the space to talk and to be heard. It provides a safe and confidential environment and a relationship with me in which you feel accepted and understood.
The counselling process may help you to unravel issues from your past that still impact your life today. It should improve your self-awareness and emotional intelligence such that you will be able to make more sense of your life, become more aware of your choices and start to live the life you want to live.
Meeting a Counsellor for the first time is a challenging experience for some. It involves talking about the issues that are troubling you, sharing your thoughts and feelings and opening-up in a way that may be completely new for you. Making the decison to see a Counsellor is a courageous one but, in doing so, it is often the first step to changing your life.
When you first meet me, I will explain the therapeutic process to you. The first session is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to decide if you want to work with me. The relationship with your Counsellor is the most important aspect of the entire process, so choosing the right Counsellor for you is vital.
Counselling can be short term, comprising just a few sessions or longer term, over a number of months or years.
Whether, as a couple, you are facing a crisis, such as divorce, separation, an affair, betrayal, major conflict or any other serious issue then couples counselling can help. Even if your worries are relatively minor but still feel important to your relationship, then couples counselling may be useful.
Couples counselling is usually short-term (maybe 6 to 10 sessions) with an agreed focus. I base my approach on the RELATE model to relationship counselling.
I am 54 years old and live and practise in the village of Croston in Lancashire.
As well as my Private Practice, I have worked in a number of settings including the NHS (GP surgery), a Community Support Centre, Schools and a Hospice. I am also an experienced EAP Counsellor.
My theoretical approach to counselling is primarily Person Centred. When appropriate, I will sometimes take a more integrative approach incorporating Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT and Third Wave CBT) and Transactional Analysis (TA). I am also an experienced Mindfulness (MBCT) practitioner and teacher and sometimes my clients find that Mindfulness helps. I offer Mindfulness teaching (group and one to one).
As your Counsellor I will accept you, and whatever you bring to your counselling sessions, unconditionally and without judgement. As best I can, I will empathise with you and endeavour to understand whatever it is you have come to talk about. I will also be as congruent as possible with you in the therapeutic relationship, with honest observations and feedback. I will encourage self-acceptance and compassion, without collusion.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and, as such, I adhere to the BACP ethical framework which promotes the essential elements of professional practise including regular clinical supervision of my practice by a qualified and experienced supervisor. I also attend regular CPD.
Training, qualifications & experience
During my career I have worked with many clients, all of whom have had their own unique story, covering a multitude of different client issues. These include:
Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Anger, Relationship Issues, Low self-esteem, Confidence issues, Addictions, OCD, Phobias, Childhood and Family issues, Bereavement and Pre bereavement, Ageing, Illness and Fear of Death, Meaning and Fulfilment, Loneliness and Isolation, Emptiness, Loss, Guilt, Shame, Work and Career issues.
I have a commitment to ongoing training and CPD. My formal qualifications are:
- BSc (Hons) Management. University of Aston
- Grad. Cert. Person Centred Counselling. UCLAN
- Grad. Dip. Person Centred Counselling. UCLAN
- PG. Cert. CBT and Integrated Mindfulness. University of Salford
- Mindfulness Training. University of Bangor.
- Mindfulness Advanced Teacher Training. Breathworks
- Supervision Training. University of Strathclyde
- Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Registered Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (BACP)
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
I am also a Mindfulness (MBCT, MBSR and Mindfulness for Depression) practitioner and teacher.
Assessment Sessions (50 mins): £50 per session
Face to face counselling (50 mins): £50 per session
For longer term clients, reduces to £45 per session after 20 sessions
Concessions (limited availability). Students, OAPs, unemployed (if you are struggling financially): £35 per session
Couples/Relationship Counselling: £60 per session
Supervision: £55 per session
One to one Mindfulness Training (8 sessions covering either MBSR, MBCT or Mindfulness for Depression. Each session is 1 hour 45 mins)
£50 per session
Croston Practise. My counselling room is a ground floor, private and dedicated room in my house in Croston.