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With 25 years' experience as a nationally registered professional Psychotherapist, Counsellor & Supervisor I offer you supportive, confidential and non-judgmental space to explore and tackle your concerns and make long-lasting life changes.
I am Senior Accredited and Registered through the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their ethical code. Each year I formally reaccredit and register myself after demonstrating continual on-going training to keep pace with new professional developments.
Over the past two decades I have spent around 16,000 hours working therapeutically with both individual clients and couples. I hold current Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service's Criminal Records Enhanced Disclosure (DBS) to provide safety working with vulnerable adults, adolescents or children.
For your reassurance you will also find me on the nationally approved register for UK accredited independent therapists.
This is validated each year by the UK Professional Standards Authority, and registration is renewed annually alongside my Senior Accreditation therapist status.
As an Integrative psychotherapist with a person-centred approach to working with people, I believe you have the resources within yourself to identify any changes you need to make while also possessing the inner strength, energy and abilities to do so.
However, I also know people usually need considerable encouragement and motivation to actually believe this . . . So to help make permanent changes in your life, I see myself as a therapeutic facilitator . . . working alongside you, being curious with you about yourself, and helping you to ask and answer the core questions to get to the heart of what may be causing any difficulties and concern at this time.
WHAT I OFFER YOU . . .
. . . is a non-judgmental, safe, and confidential counselling opportunity for you to explore these feelings and issues as you work out what, if any, changes you would like to make in your life or your behaviour. In doing so, I draw on a variety of therapeutic counselling theories and skills to work integratively in a unique way with each individual client or couple in relationship counselling.
Some of these include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Reduction (MBCT / MBSR ), Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic therapeutic skills.
People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons including anxiety, panic attacks, stress, work-related issues, low self-esteem, depression, anger management, bereavement, abuse, addictions, and relationship counselling amongst many others.
Clients tell me I have an empathic understanding of where they are in their lives and intuitively work with them to help facilitate their healing, change and growth.
MY COUNSELLING PRACTICES
I have 2 counselling practices - one in MANCHESTER the other in GLOSSOP which means I am therefore able to reach clients across most of Central and Southern Manchester and round to Glossop and the Derbyshire High Peak.
An experienced counsellor, I've worked since the late 1990s with hundreds of clients and couples in the NHS, private and public organisations, GP surgeries, through work-based settings, and in private practice. Over 2 decades working with individual clients and couples I've offered commitment and consistency in helping them resolve their issues and facilitate empowering and long-lasting life changes.
I work with a wide variety of issues ranging from relationship counselling to depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, work-related issues, abuse, self-esteem issues, low self-confidence, bereavement, grief and loss, amongst many others.
Training, qualifications & experience
As an experienced and professionally qualified Senior Accredited and Registered BACP psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor, I have a Masters degree and Advanced Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Counselling from Manchester University.
I continue with my professional training and development on an on-going basis, and I am currently in the 5th year of study on a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based therapeutic practices.
As a Senior Accredited and Registered psychotherapist and counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within the BACP ethical code of conduct. You will also find me on the nationally approved register for UK independent therapists validated by the Professional Standards Authority. Both of these professional endorsements mean I continue therapeutic training and personal development and keep up-to-date with research and development, skills and theory.
I carry professional and public indemnity insurance to a higher level than recommended by my professional association, the BACP.
I also hold current, Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service's Criminal Records Enhanced Disclosure (DBS) for reassurance when working with vulnerable adults, adolescents or children.
WHY I WORK AS A THERAPIST . . .
I thoroughly enjoy working with people and learning to understand what makes them 'tick' just as I've always wanted to understand my own emotional needs as they've evolved and changed over the years. I am essentially a 'people' person and this has always inspired my work, forming an integral part of who I am both personally and professionally with my clients.
I am a down-to-earth therapist and told I am a warm, empathic and easy-to-talk-to about difficult issues. I believe humour (where appropriate) and joy are just as important in the therapeutic healing process as distress, anger, fear or anxiety.
As human beings I believe we need to be in touch with the full range of emotions we can experience in order to feel 'alive'.
However, I know how easily we shut them down when we fear what might happen and how reluctant we can be to show the more negative emotions to others.
Therapy can help lift this fear and anxiety and help develop a way to live in a more fulfilling way.
This is what I aim to facilitate for my clients if that is also their wish to develop.
I also supervise many other counsellors in their professional work and enjoy this responsibility and commitment to quality training in my profession. Alongside this, I facilitate stress management training and also run personal development workshops and Mindfulness Training courses.
I also provide Critical Incident Debriefing for organisations after traumatic events. While, as a Mentor, I work with individuals in a variety of different environments. I am also qualified and experienced in providing Mediation services to resolve conflict in the workplace, organisational and community settings.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have had extensive experience working with clients and couples with relationship issues.
Other expertise I have is in working with clients who experience depression, seasonal affective disorder, post-traumatic stress, critical incident debriefing, eating disorders, employment difficulties and identity problems amongst many others.
CRITICAL INCIDENT DEBRIEFING
I facilitate traumatic event critical incident debriefings for staff after distressing or traumatic events.
LIFE COACHING, STRESS MANAGEMENT & MEDIATION
I work as a Coach and a Stress management trainer, offering stress counselling either individually or in groups.
I also provide mediation services to resolve conflict and difficult issues in work-based and community settings.
My most recent training has been in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR / MBCT), and I offer both group training sessions and one-to-one therapeutic work with people to learn Mindful approaches to self-manage stress, anxiety, depression, pain and illness.
I am currently studying Mindfulness-based Therapeutic Practices for a Masters degree, at Bangor University, having already completed a 3 year experiential training in Mindfulness.
My fees range from £50 to £90 per hourly session, depending on location, type of therapy being offered, whether to individuals or couples, or if offered through companies and organisations.
If you would like to talk with me about how therapy could help you at this time, or any current issues you have, don't hesitate to contact me to discuss these.
Please feel free to leave a message on either of my voice mail services if I'm not available to talk in person at that time, as I am the only person who can listen to your message.
Or do feel free to email me if you would prefer that way of approaching me first.
I look forward to hearing from you . . .
When I work
I work from late morning through until around 8.00pm Tuesdays to Thursdays with a 6pm finish on Fridays. There is some availability on Saturday mornings.
Email me at email@example.com
or call me on 0845 458 9944 (low-rate number with confidential voicemail)
or call 07961 327828 (mobile - with confidential voicemail service)