I am an experienced Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. I work with people with a wide range of problems such as anxiety, depression, relationship and work related problems. I initially trained as a counsellor to work with people with drug and alcohol issues. In 2004 I completed a 4 year psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis. I continue to keep my skills up to date and recently qualified as an Embodied Relational Therapist (please see www.ertworks.co.uk for more information on this). I have also completed a one year training in Wild Therapy so I am available to work in the outdoors as well as in the traditional setting of a therapy room.
As well as working with individuals I also have considerable experience of working with couples. Couples come for a variety of reasons; they may be experiencing problems with their relationship or they may want to learn how to communicate better or sometimes couples want support to negotiate a healthy separation.
I believe that we all have the capacity to change and I offer a safe, private, and confidential environment for you to explore and work through emotional issues. By offering insights and support I can give you the opportunity to talk about your life, thoughts and feelings so that you can begin to understand the origins of your problems and make the changes you want.
I work with people whose difficulties can be resolved in a few sessions and also those who have deeper issues who may require longer term psychotherapy.
I currently only provide day time appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training in counselling with Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service in 1997.
In 2004 I completed a 4 year Psycotherapy training with the Cumbria School of Transactional Analysis. I am committed to continuous personal development and continue to update my training by regulary attending training and workshops.
I am a qualified Alexander Technique teacher and have a strong interest in how our psychological issues impact on the body.
I am qualified as an NLP Master Practitioner and Coach.
I have a Certificate in Supervsion from Leeds Psychotherpy Training Institute
I have also received training in Couples Counselling, Self Harming, Motivational Interviewing, Body Psychotherapy, CBT, Working with Problem Gamblers.
I completed 2 years training with a Body Psychotherapy training Group run by the Northern College of Psychotherapy.
I have a Diploma in Wild Therapy and I am open to working outside with clients as well as in the traditional therapy room.
I have a Diploma in Relational Mindfulness from the Karuna Institute and like to incorporate present moment awareness into my work with clients.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy.
In addition to my private practice I have also supervised counsellors since 2005 and I am a supervisor for Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS). I also provide supervision for staff who work for a variety of organisations and I have provided supervision and training for staff teams.
I have also worked for a local charity providing counselling for people who have been in abusive relationships.
As part of my committment to providing the best service I can for my clients I attend regular supervision and continue to develop my skills by attending training.
I am a registered member BACP and abide by their codes and ethics.
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
For information about fees please contact me. I offer some reduced rate appointments for people who are unemployed.
Please note If you ring me and my phone goes straight on to the answer phone please leave your number so I can call you back. If you don’t leave your number I have no way of calling you back as my phone does not register the caller’s number when switched off.
I work from home in Kendal
Whilst I have trained in and studied various forms of therapy a main focus of my therapeutic work is Transactional Analysis (TA). TA has a richness and depth which encompasses all the benefits of the behavioural and the humanistic therapies and is suitable for short term behavioural change work and and long long term in depth psychotherapy. I also draw on learning from body psychotherapy, mindfulness and working in the outdoors.
Eric Berne, the founder of TA believed that people can rise above their circumstances, past history and self-destructive drives and impulses to find the spirit within.
"When we are able to choose our inner experience we are truly free" Victor Frankl