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MBACP Accred, Young People's Therapist, South Manchester

About me

There may come a time when you find yourself struggling to manage in the way you once could.  Perhaps there has been the loss of someone close, or a sense of disconnection from others.  Maybe you feel stuck in the past or worry incessently about the future. You could be flooded with feelings of overwhelm, unable to cope in the way you once could, believing this is the way it will always be.

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.

Client Testimonial:

"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.

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£65 per 50 minute session. Some concessionary rates available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Week days and some evenings

Further information

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.

Didsbury, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20

Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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The counselling room is on the first floor

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