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About me

A quick introduction

I have been working as a professional counsellor in the North East for four years, seeing clients in Morpeth and Hexham. I am an integrative counsellor, meaning I use a mix of Transactional Analysis, CBT, Gestalt and creative techniques including drawing, sand-tray, guided imagery and mindfulness and relaxation techniques. My work is one-to-one with adults. I do not do couples counselling. Work can vary from short-term, say 6 weeks, to that which continues for a year or more. It depends on the issues involved and what the client is looking for.

More about how I work and the issues we work on

At the core of my approach is providing each client with empathy, acceptance, care, and genuineness. We work together to reduce the emotional difficulties the client has been living with. Problems clients come to me with include depression, anxiety, stress, loss, relationship issues, confidence and issues from the past. Sometimes there is just a feeling of great sadness, or a lack of fulfillment in life, or confusion, which has no 'label' attached but the client wants to get over and find happiness again.   I believe that each person has within them unique resources and part of our process is to bring those to the client’s healing and emotional well-being.

How we could get started

I am very happy if you wish to either telephone me or send an email.  We would then look at arranging an initial consultation - which is an initial conversation on the 'phone or Skype.  This is free of charge. At time of writing (summer 2021) I work on Mondays and Wednesdays only.  If, after this conversation, we were both happy to go ahead we would arrange a first face-to-face session.  Counselling is on a weekly basis, the duration agreed by both.

What happens at this first meeting ?

You can tell me as much or as little as you wish, about yourself, about what is happening for you that has caused you to consider counselling and what you hope to get out of the process.  You may wish to ask me questions about my experience, my way of working, what the process of counselling might be like for you or how long it might last.  You may have a specific matter you want to ask me about. I will begin to get to know you and what is happening for you, and may suggest some of the issues that are involved and how we might approach them.

More on how I work

The work has a framework of boundaries to keep everyone safe. Within that, work will include looking ‘out there’ (what is happening in the client’s life, including his or her relationships) and ‘back then’ (how the past has shaped who the client is today). The relationship that develops between my client and I is always very important, with trust and safety as cornerstones of that relationship.

Some background on me

Before becoming a counsellor my background was in fundraising, working in management roles for regional charities as well as running my own company. My interests include the outdoors, walking and the arts and the roles these can play in health and well-being. I was born in the North East of England and, after living in different parts of the UK, I now live in the Tyne Valley.

Training, qualifications & experience

Trained at Northern Guild Psychotherapy and Counselling. Hold Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP accredited).

Four years working with adults as a professional counsellor. Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

When I work

I work on Mondays and Wednesdays, last appointment 5pm.

Further information

If you wish to contact me by telephone that's fine.  Could I ask that you call me during what used to be called 'office hours', so roughly 9am to 5pm.  Many thanks.

The Therapy Centre, 23 Oldgate, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1QF

The Bodywork Centre, 4 Eastgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1BH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

The centres at Hexham and Morpeth unfortunately have steps.

Online platforms

Skype