Since the 1980's I have worked as an individual & couple counsellor/psychotherapist within a variety of settings, including Higher Education, Relate, & Private Practice. For over 20 years I trained and supervised Relate counsellors and for two years served on BACP's Counsellor Accreditation Panel.
In my private practice I see a small number of clients (adult individuals and couples) for both shorter and longer term counselling and psychotherapy. Although I am based in Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, I see clients via ZOOM and am therefore able to offer help to people from far beyond my local area, as long as they have a good internet connection and a private space to engage in the Zoom video call. Please email me in the first instance to outline your requirements and I shall email you back a copy of my Notes For New Clients. I shall get back to you quickly and if I have availability will endeavour to offer an initial appointment within days.
Good therapy isn't concerned with papering over the cracks but attempts to get to the very heart of whatever is troubling you. There are no magic wands in life or in therapy. Good therapy explores the meanings of symptoms for you as a person and helps you get a better understanding of whatever emotional and relationship problems you might be experiencing. Good therapy won't judge you or tell you what to do and you remain in charge of your life throughout the process. Good therapy requires effort and commitment from both therapist and client, and the key factor is the quality of relationship between the two parties. You can expect to be treated with respect, find clear & reliable boundaries, and experience jargon-free talk that focuses on what is going on now in your life, as well as an appreciation of the influences of the past. Good therapy addresses and explores difficult and painful issues, but does so with sensitivity to your feelings. A good therapist is alert to how a client's relationship difficulties might be reflected in the therapy relationship itself, and thereby addressed more directly to help you make use of that learning in other areas of your life.
Couple Counselling is more complex and demanding than counselling individuals, and therefore requires specialised training, skills and experience that not all counsellors possess. A good couple counsellor does not take sides or apportion blame, but helps each individual gain a better understanding of what influences their own, and their partner's, feelings and behaviour. A good couple counsellor recognises how the relationship dynamic has developed between you with all its patterns and habits, and will help you explore whether, and how, it might be possible for these to shift.
When counselling couples, my primary function is to assist the couple to communicate more effectively and help them gain a deeper understanding of the subtleties and complexities of their relationship. Quite often, improved communication will bring a real benefit to the relationship in terms of improved intimacy and renewed commitment; however, be aware that greater openness and honesty may not always bring people closer, and may sometimes help bring about the realisation for one or other party that the relationship is at an end.
Couple counselling can also help with a range of sexual difficulties and sexual communication
Supervision ~ All counsellors & therapists, however able, well qualified and experienced, are required to have regular professional supervision of their client-work. My supervisor is a trusted and highly experienced colleague, Janet Greenwood, who lives in Hadfield, near Glossop, and it is with her that I discuss and monitor my work.
I provide supervision to ten experienced counsellors and therapists who work in a range of settings including hospices, hospitals, Universities, and independent private practice Please email me if you are a counsellor/therapist and would like to discuss working with me as your supervisor. (Also, see my Supervisor Profile on this directory)
Training, qualifications & experience
* British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist & Supervisor)
* Member of UK Register of Counsellors
* Relate Certificate in Marital & Couple Counselling
* Relate trained Supervisor of counsellors (BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor)
* Advanced Diploma in Guidance & Counselling (with Distinction)
I have also written extensively about therapy:
* For two years I wrote the monthly IN PRACTICE column in the BACP Professional Journal Therapy Today
* I am the author of LISTENING IN: A Novel Of Therapy & Real Life (published by Accent Press) and the short story: Fifty Minute Hour (published in the Legend Press collection: '8 HOURS')
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
Therapy sessions last one hour and fees are £55 for individuals & £65 for couples. Payment is by BACS. An invoice/ receipt will always be given.
I am happy to offer new clients 1 hour appts via Zoom. Appts Tues/Wed (am & pm) - Thurs (am) Please email me for my Notes for New Clients & to make an appt.
As you see, I have specified some problems/issues I offer help with, but the real focus of counselling and psychotherapy and is always RELATIONSHIPS...
* a relationship with spouse or partner that is causing you concern
* how you relate to others e.g. parents, children, siblings, sexual partners, friends, colleagues, authority, neighbours, god, and the meanings of those relationships for you.
* or perhaps the ending of an important relationship through death, rejection, separation or divorce.
* or your relationship with yourself - i.e. how you feel about yourself and the body you inhabit; how well you understand and manage your own feelings and emotions, and how you find meaning in the life you are living.
For your additional reassurance, I have been Advanced CRB checked.