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About me

I have been working with people experiencing unhappiness in all sorts of ways for many years and never yet come across anyone who's distress or anxiety or sadness didn't make sense once we had talked about it for a while. Every individual is different and special in my book but has in common the need to be heard, recognised, valued and understood. As a person-centred counsellor those four things are at the heart of my practice. Whatever your concern or difficulty, sharing what is on your mind and in your heart in a safe space is the start of healing and self acceptance. I work online and by phone as well as face to face.

I find nothing more satisfying than building a working relationship that feels safe and gives you the confidence to explore the issues that are troubling you. Coming into counselling is such a big threshold to cross and can be very anxiety provoking in itself. Let's get together for a conversation and see how we can help you move forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

After working as a volunteer and community worker from the age of 21, I qualified as  Registered Mental Nurse in 1991. I have worked with people in distress ever since, including working with young adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, as a mental health therapist in within social services and in arts and health projects. I qualified with a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy early in 2018 and have worked in private practice and as an Associate with Sheffield Central Counselling. I have also volunteered my time and skills with Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (Project 6) and Share Psychotherapy. I lecture on the degree course in Person-Centred Counselling at The Metanoia Institute.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can work with groups to help identify difficulties and enhance communication, please contact me to discuss this.

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer an online or phone assessment free. My standard rate is £50/hour. For groups and organisations please enquire.

When I work

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I work a range of hours between 9.00am - 9.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.00am - 6.00pm Friday.

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29

Sheffield Wellness Centre, 635a Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 1TB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

I am happy to meet in your own home if the access issues at my base make it difficult to come to see me.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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