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About me

Hello,

If you want couples counselling, help with anxiety, sadness, depression or family issues, I offer a confidential, welcoming, non-judgemental space to work things through - please get in touch. I offer an initial 30 minute session free of charge so that you can see if you think we will work well together.

Sessions can be either face to face, on-line, on the telephone or we could go for a walk together. If you prefer we could choose a beauty spot outside to sit and chat.

I work with you to understand your issues and where they have come from so that you can improve your situation. You can rediscover your strengths, perhaps develop new ones and be able to move forward more confidently.

Some of the issues I can help with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Self confidence
  • Feelings around health issues - your own or someone you care for
  • Stress
  • Work issues

As a fully qualified counsellor I offer either short or long term therapy. I am registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) reg. no. 00929779 and work within their ethical guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Level 4 diploma in Counselling Practice and a certificate in Online Counselling.

My experience, face to face and online has been gained by offering counselling to NHS staff and in private practice.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation, sessions afterwards are charged at £45 per hour.

Clients normally meet me weekly or every other week.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Appointments are available from 8am to 8.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. If you would like an earlier or later appointment please get in touch. We may be able to arrange something.

Further information

I offer face to face sessions from 3 different locations:

My main place of work is a counselling room at Leek Football Club 

I also offer some appointments at

Swythamley and Heaton Centre - a peaceful rural location with some outside space. This room is accessible for wheelchair users. 

and

Rudyard Lake - in one of the rooms near the dam.

I am also very happy to go for a walk while we talk or to use video or telephone. We can do a mix of all methods if you like.

My working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. with the last appointment of the day at 7:30 p.m. If you would like an early morning appointment please ask.

Rudyard Lake, Off Lake Road, Rudyard, Leek, ST13 8XB

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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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

One of the locations I use - Swythamley and Heaton Centre (SK11 0SJ) - is wheelchair friendly