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MBACP (Accred)

About me

How can Counselling help?

I offer a non-judgemental, understanding, safe and well-bounded space which enables you to work through problems, resolve issues and find greater levels of peace, self-awareness and self-acceptance. This helps in almost every situation, whether you are going through a major life crisis, or simply feel down, confused or as if you have 'lost your way'. 

I will always value and affirm your experience, and I am also prepared to offer a different viewpoint, to challenge your ways of thinking and to use and teach techniques such as CBT and Mindfulness if appropriate.  This combined approach has been effective over my seventeen years of experience working with anxiety, depression, abuse, low self-esteem, terminal illness, bereavement, spirituality, relationship issues and many other types of problem.

How do I work?


I see the process as a shared endeavour in which you choose the direction whilst I provide support, companionship and a fresh outlook embedded in my extensive training and experience working with a wide variety of issues in a GP practice, a bereavement charity, and in private practice.

I am compassionate and caring whilst also able to hold firm professional and ethical boundaries, and confidentiality and discretion are at the heart of my practice.  I offer a safe, therapeutic space for you to work through whatever you wish, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, life experience, spirituality or disability.

I do not work with couples but am very happy to talk to you individually about difficulties in your relationship and your options.

I am interested in spirituality in all its forms, and in helping people to find their own language or metaphors to describe and explore their experience.  I agree with Carl Jung that 'the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are' and it is something that is central to my counselling practice and ethos.

What to expect in the first session

I understand that choosing to start therapy can be very daunting and I know how important it is to find someone that you will feel comfortable working with, so if you would like to speak to me by phone before committing to a session that is fine.
In the first session we will discuss the boundaries of the counselling relationship and any worries, concerns or other issues that you may have.   At the end of this session it will be up to you whether or not you wish to continue seeing me.
What you bring to counselling will be unique and so the number of sessions required will vary with each individual, and will proceed at your pace, booking each session week by week or as you require.

Further Information

I am an Accredited member of the BACP, which is your assurance that my practice meets the BACP's standard for a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings available for in-person at Zenchi; Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for phone appointments.

Extensive free car parking on site and easy access for those with limited mobility.

I charge £50 per session or £45 for a telephone session (50 minutes)

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Training, qualifications & experience

Main qualification; Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Chester, 2006

Other training;

CBT Assessment and Formulation
CBT for Anxiety
CBT for Depression
Working with High Functioning Autistic clients
Ways of Working with Spirituality in Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapies
Responding to Psychological Trauma


I worked for eighteen years as a GP counsellor in the IAPT service in Shropshire  with people with a wide range of problems and issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and domestic and sexual abuse .

I have an interest in working with clients who are high-functioning on the Autism Spectrum, whether or not they have a diagnosis, and I have recently completed some training on this, and have considerable experience working in this area.  I also have a strong interest in working with clients with ADHD/ADD and helping them to manage their condition.

I spent 18 months working in a Bereavement Charity where I also worked with people with learning difficulties and with military veterans.

I also have experience working in a Hospice with people suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pet Bereavement
Religious and Pastoral issues

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

£50 per 50 minute session or £45 for a telephone session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work at Zenchi Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and from home doing phone appointments on those afternoons.

Zenchi Clinic, Town House Barns, Clotton, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 0EG

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Excellent parking, separate waiting area and toilets, all wheelchair accessible