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Bereavement counsellor, MBACP

About me

Have you lost someone close, suffered the breakdown of a relationship and struggling to cope? If so please contact me. I can support you following a bereavement, breakdown of a relationship or any other loss.

I have a lot of experience of working with loss and I can offer you a supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment that will enable you to explore and understand your feelings.  I have worked as a volunteer in a dedicated  bereavement service in the city centre for many years and also provide a flexible and affordable private counselling service in Huyton.  I can offer weekend and evening appointments to suit your busy schedule.

Loss can affect people in different ways and there is no right or wrong way to feel. It is normal to experience a range of emotions such as shock, anger, fear, guilt, depression, anxiety and confusion which can feel overwhelming at times. Loss can make you feel isolated, alone and fearful of the future. Talking through these emotions can often help us to process and resolve them.  

I use an integrated approach in my work; which means I use a variety of theoretical approaches (e.g. psychodynamic, CBT, solution focused) this is because I feel all people are individual and unique and have specific needs. I am member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework.

I am passionate about my work and am interested in exploring any issue you bring. I have had the privilege to work with some amazing clients over the years and continue to learn so much from them.  This has enabled me to develop as a counsellor

First session

Finding a suitable counsellor can be daunting, however to help with this, I provide a short initial consultation free of charge. This will help you to decide whether I am someone you would feel comfortable to work with. If you are happy to continue then I can arrange to see you either weekly/fortnightly at a convenient time etc.

Please call or email me to arrange your free initial consultation to discuss your issues and expectations.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a lot of experience of working with bereavement and loss.  I have worked as a volunteer at a dedicated bereavement counselling service in Liverpool city centre and private practice for many years.  I have had the pleasure to work with  and support a range of clients over the years and have learnt such a lot.

I can help you think creatively about the challenges that can follow the loss of a loved one or any other loss.  I can work with you to solve any problems and help you develop strategies that will help you cope. I can help you resolve any lingering emotional problem such as anxiety and depression and help you regain control of your life

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in counselling skills

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).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40.00 per session, concessions available.

When I work

I provide a flexible and affordable private counselling service in Huyton. I offer weekend and evening appointments to suit your busy schedule.

Huyton, Merseyside, L36

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Premises not accessible by wheelchair at the moment, however can offer other accessible services, such as Zoom/Skype or telephone counselling.