Welcome to Brighter Futures Personal Growth.
Are you feeling anxious, heartbroken, confused, stuck or overwhelmed? Perhaps you are trying to keep going after some kind of trauma, and struggling to recover. Or maybe you are going through a painful breakup. Or perhaps you are worried about your child or teen, and feel they need some help with an issue in their life.
I see adults and children from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and beyond, and also offer Zoom sessions for adult clients elsewhere in the UK and overseas. I have been working as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist for over 26 years - both in the NHS and private practice - and as an Executive Coach for over 10 years.
The way that I work is rather different from other therapists, in that I don't offer single sessions or work with people on an ad-hoc basis. Instead I offer bespoke personal growth programmes of 3, 6 or 12 months’ duration, with the option to continue at the end on a maintenance programme if needed.
My programmes combine the best of traditional approaches to talking therapy and coaching with innovative new techniques, and include an in-depth assessment, a number of 1:1 sessions and a host of extra features to support people between sessions.
The majority of my adult clients are women and include senior executives, business owners, senior health professionals and high profile individuals in the public eye, seeking absolute discretion (entertainers, sportspeople, politicians and media personalities). I also see the wives/partners of such individuals.
My clients are commonly battling anxiety or depression, or are experiencing relationship problems (often a separation or divorce) family problems or bereavement.
I also specialise in working with children and young people from the age of 5-18 who are struggling with any issue that is causing them to feel stressed, unhappy or anxious.
Potential clients are always offered a free 30 minute telephone consultation with me, which can be booked through my website. It’s a chance for you to tell me more about yourself (or your child) and your situation and it enables me to get a sense of you (or your child), what your needs are and how I can serve you best. If we feel like a good fit, I can explain more about the programmes I offer and you can ask me any questions you may have.
My business premises, Sunshine Barn, is a suite of beautiful, private, non-clinical rooms in converted farm outbuildings near Ashbourne. I have a dedicated adults' room, a fully-equipped play therapy room, a waiting room, a treatment room for complementary therapies, toilets, kitchen and large training/group therapy room. The rooms are fully accessible, and look out onto our private paddock and offer easy access to nature and animals, known to promote feelings of wellbeing.
I am a fully qualified Level 3 Advanced EFT (tapping) practitioner. I am insured and hold enhanced DBS certification.
In my specialist work with children, I offer the option of Animal Assisted Therapy with my dog, Bertha. (My work in this field has been featured in 'Psychologies' magazine, Staffordshire Life' magazine and BACP'S 'Counselling Children and Young People' magazine)
I wrote a regular column for The British Journal of School Nursing entitled 'Counsellor's Casebook' and was a member of their Editorial Board for several years. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio a number of times, and my work has been featured in several magazines and newspapers.
I was one of three finalists in the Inaugural Towergate Care Awards, having been shortlisted from 140 nominees in my category.
Training, qualifications & experience
MEd Counselling 1995
Advanced PG Diploma in Counselling 1993
Diploma in Play Therapy 2001
EFT Level 1 and 2 (2007) Advanced Practitioner Level 3 (2009)
Diploma in Performance Coaching 2010 (Accredited)
ChildLine counsellor 1992-5
Trained as bereavement counsellor with Cruse (1992)
25 years in private practice seeing adults and children
14 years working part-time in the NHS as a Highly Specialist Child Therapist in 2 CAMHS teams working with children, teenagers and their families
Also trained in:
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Motivational Interviewing Techniques
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.
The National Council of Psychotherapists
National Council of Psychotherapists
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
For further information about my programmes, availability and fees please book a free 30 minute telephone call with me through my website.
Tuesday - Thursday 11.00am - 7.30pm
Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy);BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists); a senior accredited member of the NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists) and AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies)
Enhanced DBS certificate
Private, cosy consulting rooms in Osmaston (near Ashbourne, just off A52).
Easy access for clients from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Zoom sessions also available for clients elsewhere in the UK and overseas.