When it seems like there's nowhere for you to turn; when you feel like you are heading for "rock-bottom" ; you have hit crisis point, or you feel you have lost your direction, no matter what the reason, talking to a counsellor can help you to find your way through your struggle; a way that is right for you.
How I work
I will offer you time and space to talk confidentially about the things that are troubling you; I will listen and help you to make sense of what you are experiencing; I will try to facilitate your thinking; help you to look at things from different angles and help you to come to your own decisions about your life.
My core counselling qualification is in person centred counselling, which means we deal with the issues you want to deal with. This has been a solid foundation for further study and learning additional theory and skills over the years. I now work integratively, using a range of approaches that I tailor to your individual needs. Some people simply need to offload to a safe listener, while others need a more directive or goal oriented approach. I will work with you to get the approach right for you or I can suggest alternative sources of support if necessary.
I work one to one with adults and young people aged from 16 upwards, and have worked with individuals from all walks of life who have brought a vast range of issues. I believe everyone can get some benefit from counselling. Talking really does help.
Please ring or email me to make an appointment. My phone is often on silent if I am working with clients so please leave a voicemail or text and I will ring back as soon as I can.
Appointments are available between 8am and 6.30pm on Thursdays and Fridays at Amron House, North Shields. (3 minutes from the Metro Station and ample on street parking. Other arrangements, such as home or work visits, may also be possible if appropriate. Please ring or email me to discuss your requirements.
Appointments are generally weekly and at the same time each week, however I will try to be accommodating around work and other commitments as far as possible. Each appointment will last for 50 minutes. The number of sessions required will be dependent on your individual needs. We will discuss and agree this between us at the outset and then regularly review as we work together. Short and long term work is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working with people who are experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of trauma and abuse in childhood or as adults; people experiencing relationship and family issues; all kinds of loss and grief; people juggling lots of responsibilities, such as parents and carers; people coping with illness and diagnosis issues; people struggling to cope with life changes such as separation or divorce, bereavement, redundancy or retirement, as well as people who are experiencing any kind of stress, depression and anxiety, even if they aren't sure why.
I am also a qualified Clinical Supervisor.
I work in the voluntary and community sector and in private practice.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Critical Incident Support
Employment Assistance Programme
Please ring or e-mail me for a free, no-obligation chat about whether or not counselling and me and my approach are right for you.
Fees are £40* per session.
*a discretionary discount may be available, please enquire. Payment by cash, card or bank transfer.
Should there be a need to cancel an appointment by either of us, wherever possible at least 24 hours’ notice must be given. If you fail to keep an appointment without prior notice, you will be charged for the missed session.