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MA, Dip.Couns, Reg. BACP

About me

Life can often feel overwhelming and daunting. At times we can feel we are being swept along by events, sometimes stuck and unable to move forwards. Sometimes we have an idea about who we want to be or how we want to change but struggle to make those changes a reality. Sometimes we feel we are failing, not good enough, out of control. Quite often we feel these things but try to carry on without sharing that with anyone and feel lost and alone. All of these experiences are familiar to me and to the people I have worked with over the years. As a Person-Centred counsellor I believe first and foremost in creating a safe space for clients to get in touch with, express and explore these difficult places, to get to know themselves bettter in the process, to be with pain but also to find how to respond to that pain in ways that are compassionate, effective and wise  - to build their confidinence their own innate ability to identify what they need at any moment, to make choices and to move forward in a way that feels increasingly free and self-directed. Ultimately I believe that the counselling process can lead people to a place where they can live more, joyful and satisfying lives, open to the richness and complexity of themselves and the world around them.

As my practice has developed I have come to feel strongly that bringing our physical bodily experience into counselling is a powerful and essential means in moving forward, finding recovery, stability, confidence and healing. I use my extensive personal experience of mindfulness aswell as techniques for grounding and focussing to incorporate this into my work with clients where appropriate.

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling in 2018 however I have supported people for over 30 years with a wide range of difficulties and struggles including drug and alcohol addiction, relationship breakdown, sexual abuse, homelessness, anxiety and depression as well as more severe mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and borderline personality disorder.  As a result I am able to bring a range of skills and experience to bear to meet individual needs including mindfulness based approaches, CBT based relapse-prevention, motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches to counselling.  I have extensive experience of working with people face-to-face, via telephone and via zoom offering longer-term and short-term support. 

Member organisations

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

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

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Fees for face-to-face counselling: £50 per session.

Telephone/Video counselling £40 per session. 

sessions last 50minutes.

I offer an initial, no telephone/video consultation free to allow clients to make an informed judgement before committing to paid sessions.

When I work

I currently have availability on Monday and Tuesday daytime, with availability to see people face-to-face on Tuesday mornings.

Further information

Outdoor therapy: I am convinced from my own experience of the therapeutic impact of spending time outdoors in nature and can work with people outdoors to help access this dimension - working outdoors allows the innately calming and stimulating effect of movement and open space to alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and enhance the therapeutic benefits of counselling. 

Independence House, Holly Bank Road, Huddersfield, West Yorks, HD3 3LX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone