I am an integrative practitioner with over 25 years experience as a counsellor and counselling trainer. I am also a casework supervisor. I have a particular expertise in working with those who may be experiencing work related stress, personal and relationship problems, and suffering the effects of bereavement and loss.
I have a simple approach to my therapeutic work. I believe that when we are feeling isolated, hopeless, angry, guilty or just lost we become disconnected from both ourselves and those close to us. I consider my role is to explore why this has happened and help you gain an understanding of how you can use this self-knowledge to move forwards to a future were you have greater insight and a sense of belonging.
I work from a comfortable, safe and warm historic Georgian house in the centre of Bolton, with free gated parking for evening appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA(Hons) Communication Studies
Post-graduate Certificate of Education
Relate Counselling Certificate
Casework Supervision Diploma
Leadership, Enterprise and Development (LEAD) graduate
Qualified as a Relate counsellor and trainer; lecturer, examiner and moderator up to advanced diploma level; co-founder and CEO of 1point (north west) - a community benefit society offering counselling, psychotherapy and personal/professional development groups.
I have also worked within probation, PCT, further and higher education environments (as head of counselling services).
I am a registered member of the BACP and guided by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £60.00
£50 per hour for individuals
£60 per hour for couples
£60 per hour for employer assisted clients
£60 Per one and a half hours for clinical supervision (£40 per hour for trainee counsellors)