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 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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.