I am a skilled experienced counsellor, committed to working within the BACP Ethical Framework, who offers confidential counselling within comfortable environments. I operate from Chester-le-Street, Sunderland and on occasions from Washington or on some occasions from clients own homes.
I've experience of offering counselling within the voluntary sector, within a primary care service , in clients own homes, and in rehab settings as well as within a specialised sexual violence counselling service.
ABOUT HOW I WORK
My philosophy is centred around empowerment, self-respect and building a good therapeutic relationship as this creates the crucial framework for successful therapy. with a strong commitment to ethical practice, working within the BACP Ethical Framework. I believe that whatever modality used, it is the relationship with the client that is at the heart of the counselling process. By offering a safe, secure and respectful environment provides the consistent framework to improve self-understanding and wellbeing.
At my core I am a Person-centred therapist - this means I have a humanistic approach that focuses on the ways clients see themselves rather than how I may feel I can interpret their ideas or even their unconscious thoughts.
This approach underpins all my work, but when I feel it is in your best interests I may integrate other approaches.
HOW COUNSELLING WORKS
During therapy I work to understand you from your point of view. I will always value you and will be open and genuine with you. No one knows you as well as you do and I respect that. I am not a nodding dog type counsellor, I will work with you to help you understand yourself and to support you to instigate behaviour or life changes you wish to make.
Fundamentally I work to help you get back in tune with your own inner values and to develop your self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence and to overcome the obstacles in life which are causing you distress. Helping you to access your own inner resources will empower you to find the way forward which is right for you as an individual, this is important as what is right for one is not necessarily right for another.
I have been privileged to support clients in therapy as they strive to understand themselves and their situations and to address and overcome a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress related difficulties, relationship issues, identity issues, physical health issues, sexual issues, addictions and compulsions and unexpected life changes.
WHAT TO EXPECT
I always undertake a thorough assessment with each client, to ensure my service is right for you and that you feel comfortable with me. Counselling is not cheap so it's important you have the right counsellor to meet your needs. If I feel your needs would be better met elsewhere I would discuss this with you.
Your first session is the assessment and this costs £25, there is no obligation to continue, that is your decision at that time.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
The above is a basic outline of my work and If you wish I can explain more in the free 20 minute telephone chat that I offer to each new client.
Questions, or like an appointment? - please text, call or email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Accredited Counsellor
- BA(Hons) Counselling
- Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- level 5 Diploma in Anger Management
- BACP accredited Counselling for Depression Certificate awarded by York St.John University
- Cert. Creative Supervision
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Mental Health First Aid
- Safeguarding Adults
- Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Young Adults
- NHS Drug and Alcohol Issues
- Equality and Diversity
- Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
- Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
- Working with Male Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
- Working with and Understanding Sexual Abuse
- Complicated Matters: Domestic and Sexual Violence, problematic substance use and mental Ill Health
- Talking about Sex
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Counselling £46/session or a block booking of 6 sessions for £250.
(Special rate for student counsellors: £40/session, block booking of 6 sessions £198.)
Supervision £70/1.5hr session
(Special rate for student counsellors: £42/1.5hr session, £230/block booking of 6 x 1.5hrs.)
I am available for work in Chester-le-Street and by telephone or video link.