I have over 15 years of experience in counselling/psychotherapy for a wide range of issues, and am both Registered and Accredited with BACP. I work in Lancaster, near the boys' grammar school.
Please note that I am currently full and expect to be available next after Christmas 2021.
I work mainly on Zoom or Skype (even after Covid restrictions are lifted), but am open to discussing face to face sessions if you feel this will work better for you. If you email me we can set up an initial session online, so that you can get a feel for whether this will work for you.
I have been a group, couples and individual therapist, as well as a teacher of counselling. Before being a counsellor I was a school teacher and musician. This means that I have experience of many issues that life can throw up. If you look at the list below, it will show you some of the subjects that I am used to working with. Mostly I have worked with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and loss in various forms.
If you are thinking of having counselling, it might be because of a temporary crisis or a long standing issue. Some people come if they feel dissatisfied but are not quite sure what the problem is. You might be very confused about why you are feeling distressed or unhappy; in this case I would work with you to try and pinpoint what the problem is. It is my job to listen below the surface and help you to see where you might be able to make changes in order to have more peace of mind. I will work with you, in a confidential way, to help you see how you can shift things so that you feel differently to how you feel now.
I work with individuals (over 18) .
I always offer an initial consultation, discounted to £20, in order to talk through what your needs might be and whether counselling may help your situation. There is no obligation to continue after this session, as it is important that you feel comfortable with the counsellor you choose to work with. In this initial session you can get a feel for whether you can imagine working with me, and you can get a flavour of the way I work. If I believe you would be better helped by a different approach I will tell you this.
Sessions (after the initial one) are £40. Each session lasts one hour.
I am an Accredited and Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to its Ethical Framework
I also offer supervision to other counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Regent's College, 1995
Certificate Gestalt Psychotherapy, Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, 2006
Diploma(HE) Counselling, St. Martin's College, 2005
P.G.Dip. Emotional Factors in Teaching and Learning, Tavistock Clinic, 2000
Priory National Eating Disorder Diploma 2015
Currently studying for a qualification in Psychosexual Psychotherapy (individuals and couples)
BACP Registration and Accreditation
BUPA registered counsellor
15 years teaching in secondary schools and FE
Therapy Service Manager at Priory Hospital
Group and Individual Therapist at Priory Hospital
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of meaning
£45.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
£45 per session (one hour)
£20 per initial session/assessment
£60 for couples
My sessions last for one hour and are usually weekly.
I charge £45 per hour