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Counselling Service - adult and young people

About me

I am a BACP accredited Integrative Counsellor and psychotherapist at Master level. I am also an evidence-based child and young people’s behaviour professional with 30 years plus experience of working with parents and professionals.

Therapy supports adults and young people with a regular space and time, face 2 face or online if that’s appropriate, in which to talk and build skills using CBT, Attachment Theory and a Person-Centred approach. This takes place within a home setting which client feedback says is welcoming, safe, and comfortable.

Parenting confidence and skill comes first from understanding how you parent from the inside and this is the starting point. Sessions are individual to you, your family, your needs. You will get a unique service. I draw on the Accredited Mellow Parenting and Webster Stratton Parenting programmes in which I am an experienced practitioner. Parents give me positive feedback after just one session.

I will professionally guide you in your exploration of the issues and experiences you raise at the session with compassion. This is done using a range of age-appropriate resources looking at your thoughts, feelings and behaviours based on past, present and a belief about future experiences. This offers individuals the growth of personal insight, greater understanding, and empowerment - bringing about proactive positive change.

The theoretical knowledge I apply as an Integrative therapist, in creating this individual holistic blend of therapy, is to skillfully dovetail three established theories - Attachment, Person-Centred and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This means that clients are better able to access the counselling that suits them, and which feels right.

I believe that we all really know what we need to heal ourselves but have for some reason lost the ability to access it. Counselling supports people in this reconnecting process.

I have worked in education since the late ’80s and delivered 10 Years of guided parenting and Early Years of Behaviour Consultancy, advising, training, and supporting professionals in schools and nurseries for Derby City Council. Latterly in my career, I trained to be a psychotherapist and have worked within charities and org. supporting a wide range of clientele, age, gender, sexuality, culture, and faith; carrying out assessments, developing case formulations, delivering the therapy, 121 or in small groups to work alongside and with other professionals.

All aims, goals and outcomes are discussed, measured, and regularly reviewed together. This ensures collaboration in your therapy or support; creating a trusted and reliable partnership that guides you whilst developing the skills and tools to care for your mental health and wellbeing or parenting into the future.

To "get started" call or email me to set up a brief phone chat before any initial session; we can also talk about what you want to get out of counselling. Sessions can be weekly/fortnightly, Monday to Friday, daytime or early evening.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have close to 30 years experience of working within the field of education and counselling. I am DBS checked and Accredited with the regulating body of counsellors and psychotherapists -

The breadth of my initial knowledge and skill was gained from paid employment within the early year’s sector, primary and secondary schools and a further education college. This led into 10 years of consultancy work for the local authority.

Running latterly in parallel to my work in education has been my counselling practice of eight years. In addition to working for myself, I have delivered therapy in voluntary and paid establishments working with children, young people and adults (men and women) - Place2Be, Sure Start, Derby Women's Work, Safe Speak (Relate), mainstream and virtual school.

Clients feedback that they look forward to the sessions and find each visit beneficial. Measures document positive levels of change. People say they find my approach to be calming, caring, friendly and warm. Clients often comment positively on the way I speak, my accent and how I don't talk like a 'therapist'.

  • MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • PGCE Behaviour and Education
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • NNEB - Diploma in Nursery Nursing

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment to key adults in our early years sets up patterns of behaviour and understanding of ourselves and others as we move through our personal life, career and relationships with others. Triggers or raw spots can be activated by events, people or situations that make understanding and managing our emotions challenging to navigate. This can make us feel stuck or trapped in a cycle that brings distress and loss and behaviour that serve to hold us back from achieving our potential.

I am passionate about the application of the theory of Attachment and work with it to create an understanding of our basic needs in everyday activities, what are the emotional triggers and why linking that into the development of positive or negative coping strategies in children, teens and adults and the role they play today for you.

I have an extensive and practical knowledge of certificated parenting skills and children’s behaviour relating the Webster Stratton - Early Years and Accredited Mellow Parenting programme. I am able to provide support in this area separate from therapy to individuals and couples.

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£45.00 per hour session payable by BACS or cash. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Sessions are available weekdays and early evening, face 2 face or online. Get started by calling or dropping me an email to set up a free brief phone chat before booking an initial session. 

Further information

All my practice hours are supervised and delivered in line with the BACP ethical code of practice.

This provides you with quality assurance.

Derby, Derbyshire, DE1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Clients ideally need to be able to go up and down a single flight of stairs but adjustment can be made.