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(MBACP)

About me

I have come to this profession later, choosing to retrain, from a previous successful career, after life changing experiences in my life journey. I understand the struggles a complex childhood brings into adulthood. I understand how relationships seem to fall apart, sometimes the ending creeping up unexpectedly. I have experienced the sudden lost of someone, the confusion, rejection the loneliness this can bring. There are times when you logically look at your life, you wonder why are you not happy, is there something wrong? The times that no matter what you say, think feel or try, either are never enough, wrong, or just leave you feeling helpless. I am here for you!

With these life experiences,I chose to train to Honours degree level qualification as a person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist, and also work as an integrative counsellor, this means I work with the client, emotionally, physically and help to improve their mental health. I am warm, considerate, non-judgemental, and may be directive at times if that works for the client, to support your therapy goals. I want to work with you! on your journey, facing your concerns, anxieties, worries, issues together so you are not alone in your journey to achieve whatever it is you may want to understand or achieve through therapy. I understand  and have experienced what it feels like to be overwhelmed or alone facing the overwhelming feelings that life challenges can bring, but it is your experiences, emotions and fears, we will work together with.

I have experience working with anxiety, trauma, overwhelming emotions, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-worth, addiction, abuse, sexual and substance. Understanding the impact this can have on the individual and their families and friends.

I have worked with male and female clients working through relationship issues, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Our life is a personal journey, at times we need support during part of this journey. It is ok, not to be ok right now, and there are times you need someone who listens and is there for you, rather than giving you advice, work with you through options so you can choose. I work to empower you to work through life's challenges whether it's family, relationships, personal, work-related there are times we all need someone to support and work with to face whatever challenges you are facing.

Perhaps you are finding your relationship is struggling, you cannot talk to each other without one of you becoming angry, or are you at a crossroads in your life and you need someone to listen, work with you taking a look at what your needs are.

Whatever is worrying you there is someone that can listen and work with you, I would like to be that person.

I offer sessions that can be remote, using Zoom, phone, or  face to face sessions currently in Salford premises. I am flexible with hours, days and I do offer a free 20 minute phone or zoom consultation so you can explore if you feel comfortable with me before therapy starts.

Please feel free to message me if you need further information to help you decide.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hon) Counselling & Psychotherapy: Professional Practice
  • TA101 and TA202 Certificates in Transactional Analysis
  • MBACP certified
  • Samaritan Listener
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Existential Therapist
  • Integrative Counselling
  • Attachment issues
  • Addiction
  • Person Centred Counselling
  • Child and adult Sexual abuse counselling,

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mentoring

Life Coach

Sexuality

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Consultation: Free 20 minute no-obligation Zoom or face to face

Session cost:

£50 for 50-60 minute therapy session

Concessions: please ask for details

  • For block bookings of 6 sessions a reduced rate
  • Retired
  • Unemployed
  • Low Income

When I work

Daily and in some cases, weekends are possible subject to discussion and agreement.

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M30

Langworthy Cornerstone Ltd, Langworthy Centre, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford, M6 5QQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme