Coming to therapy, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience. You may not know what to expect or how you are going to be received or what will be involved. But it is an important first step in changing your life or your relationship.
For your therapy to work, a trusting and genuine relationship between us is essential. So as our sessions will focus on you, it feels only right that I first tell you a little about myself and how I work. I hope that this will help you to decide whether you would like to contact me to explore further whether I am the right therapist for you.
What I can do for you
With a person-centred background, I work in a pluralistic way, employing several other approaches to therapy based on what is right for you.
I will offer you time just for you, in a safe and confidential space, where you have the opportunity to think and talk about yourself, your relationship and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family, friends or colleagues.
I will accept you, not judge you. I will listen empathically to what matters to you and what you wish to change. I will offer the right amount of challenge to help you gain insight. You will find that by my acting as a mirror to reflect yourself back, you are able to gain greater clarity in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will work towards improving your individual well-being, or that of your relationship, in a manner and pace to suit you, and empower you to make the changes you want in your life.
Areas of experience
I don’t like to label or categorise ‘issues’. Everyone experiences them in their unique way. But for ease of reference, I regularly work with people experiencing concerns with:
- Relationship issues
- Suicidal ideation
- Loss – bereavement, divorce, retirement and redundancy
- Domestic Violence – male and female
- Childhood Abuse – sexual, physical and emotional
- Eating disorder
- Low self-worth/low self-esteem
- Loss of focus/purpose
- Alcohol and substance abuse
That is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of the range of issues where I can help.
So why choose me?
I have experienced being in ‘the other chair’ and hope that together we can bring the positive benefits of therapy into your life too. I love what I do and am committed to sharing your journey and helping you to become the person that you want to be and helping you improve your relationship.
If you feel comfortable with what you’ve read so far, then please give me a call on 07933 279616 so that we can talk with no obligation. We can arrange an initial session to give us an opportunity to decide if I am the right therapist for you and that we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
There are various approaches to therapy and differing levels of qualification.
I trained in Person-Centered Approach (PCA) at the University of Salford and am qualified to Level 7, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), hold a Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory, Focus Oriented Therapy and short-term solution focused therapy and am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), regularly attending additional training courses. I have also undertaken specific Couples Counselling training.
Being a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethical practice and undertake regular Supervision to ensure I am working in the best way possible with you. I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am passionate about therapy being accessible to all. I have worked with a local charitable organisation, Path Counselling in Trafford, MIND, a national charitable organisation and at two prisons within the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area, and currently offer short-term solution focused EAP counselling in addition to holding private sessions for individuals and couples via telephone, video conferencing and face-to-face.
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
£70.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
There are no constraints on the number of sessions you have. Some people need only a few sessions and others continue for many sessions over a period of months. We will review our work together every six weeks and it depends on when you feel you have achieved what you want from therapy that we agree and plan an appropriate ending.
Individual and couples sessions last for 60 minutes and are charged at £70 per session.
6 pre-booked sessions are charged at £390
Face to face, telephone and video conferencing sessions available during the day and evenings for individuals and couples.
Everyone faces challenges in life. That’s natural. However, sometimes aspects of our life can become difficult or distressing to cope with or even overwhelming.
The cause can be anything. We all have to deal with unexpected life events – such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or ill-health. Many people can experience work problems. Anyone may over time develop a complete lack of confidence or purpose in life. Difficulties may also relate to deeper-rooted issues that we have held and which have affected our lives in the long-term. Or a relationship may run into problems.
It may feel like a weakness to disclose vulnerability, but it actually takes courage to ask for help to deal with the issues that you face.
Talking to friends and family may be difficult, as no matter how supportive or well-intended, they may offer advice based on their own views, experiences of life and expectations of what you 'should' do. In therapy, you can be accepted as yourself and express your true thoughts and emotions without judgement and be empowered to make any changes you want in your own life or with your partner in a relationship.
Whatever is concerning you, your therapist will respect and accept your perspective, and help you work through the problem to help you understand it and make changes in your life that are right for you.
Therapy is an investment in your future well-being.