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)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I work on Mondays and Wednesdays, last appointment 5pm.
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.