There comes a time in many people's lives when they find themselves struggling to manage in the way they once could. Perhaps there has been the loss of someone close, or a sense of disconnection from others. Maybe there is a sense of being stuck in the past or worry about the future, which is causing feelings of overwhelm. Often is is only when things reach a certain point we might start to realise we are not coping, and turning to family and friends may not be enough. If this is you, and you are currently dealing with an issue that is affecting your life, then I encourage you to get in touch.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can help by providing a supportive relationship where you feel safe and not judged; giving you a place to talk about what is troubling you; helping you to gain a new understanding of your emotions and to make changes which will positively impact you and your relationships, meaning you can move forward with your life.
I work as an integrative psychotherapist, which means I use a number of different approaches to explore the connection between embodied experience, behaviours, feelings and thoughts. I use a partly psychodynamic approach which seeks to understand and make sense of present difficulties in the light of past experiences, allowing for greater understanding of current thoughts, feelings and behaviours, leading to empowerment for change.
Whilst I am aware that some mental health issues can crossover into medical models of diagnosis, I am also committed to seeing you as an individual, and believe in a holistic approach towards healing.
I am aware of the issues of prescribed drug dependency and withdrawal. If you are thinking of coming off antidepressants or other psychiatric medication, I can support you through this process (Working with Psychiatric Drugs - BACP, 2021)
Whether this is your first time seeking therapy, or whether you have had help in past, I encourage you to get in touch and find out more about how I can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Finding the right therapist who can help you gain perspective and cope with your issues is crucial.
I am an experienced therapist, holding an MSc in Counselling Psychology (Keele University). I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also hold a Level 4 certificate (CPCAB) qualifying me to work with children. My first degree is in English and History, and I have a PGCE in primary education.
"Thank you so much for your help with P. We had tried several other therapists with only limited, if any, success. I'm sure you will understand how much your help means to P and the rest of the family. I wish I was capable of expressing how much your help means to me. Thank you again". (Parent of 23 year old).
I have a long-standing interest in mental health and well-being in all age groups and cross-sections of society. I have completed many hours as a volunteer counsellor, working with clients experiencing anxiety and depression. Mental health issues are still something people can be made to feel ashamed of and I commit to seeing you as a whole person, not defined by your problems. Mental health issues, may be a result of difficult life experiences, and I can support you as you explore them. I have worked with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I have also completed many hours as a counsellor for a bereavement charity, and am able to offer support and counselling in complex grief, including suicide and life-changing illnesses.
I have a passion for working with young people, and have extensive experience of working as a teacher. I completed my Masters' thesis on the subject of Attachment Theory, and have a special interest in how early attachment patterns can affect our adult relationships, and strongly believe in the possibility of the healing which comes about through 'earned secure attachment'; something I believe can be achieved through the therapeutic relationship. I hold enhanced and updated DBS certificates for working with both vulnerable adults and children and have completed safe-guarding training for work with children.
I continue to be interested in research, and held a workshop in Meditation and mindfulness at the 2018 Keele University Counselling (Research and Practice) Conference.
I am committed to non-discriminatory practice and welcome diversity. People from minority groups are often marginalised and I will work to ensure I do not contribute to this.
Registered / Accredited
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
£65 per 50 minute session.
Week days and some evenings
Accessibility: There is a flight of stairs where I work, so wheelchair access is not possible. Please mention if you have a mobility restriction when you contact me.