Hello, I am fully qualified, integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. I offer a professional and friendly counselling service for adults and young people at the Stanlaw Abbey Business Centre in Ellesmere Port, just a few minutes from Cheshire Oaks.
In life we can feel overwhelmed with our own thoughts and feelings. It can take so much strength to keep a strong face at work or at home while you are hurting inside, and sometimes all you want is for the world to see you smiling. Your thoughts can become tangled and emotions can feel unmanageable through relationship or family issues, loss, frustration at work or an overwhelming ‘stuckness’.
While it is natural to feel sad, angry or lost it can at the same time feel difficult to reach for professional help. You may not want to share your worries with family or friends in the fear of being misunderstood or judged but it can often bring relief to talk to a professionally trained counsellor in a confidential environment.
Counselling to me is not about giving advice or offering my own solutions but about keeping you company while you're looking for your answers.
I offer a free 30minute consultation in which we will have an opportunity to discuss what has brought you to counselling, what I can offer you and also talk about what you would like to achieve. We will have a chance to get to know each other and go through some contract basics too. If we both feel that we can work together and you feel comfortable with me as your counsellor, we can agree on a specific day and time to meet. If you are considering counselling for the first time, give me a no obligation call on 07544094617 for an informal chat or to book.
I offer short term (6-12 sessions) and long term (open ended) therapy where the sessions are scheduled weekly without any specific end date. The number of sessions dedicated to overcoming your difficulties depends on your needs, goals and requirements. Individual weekly sessions usually last 50minutes.
The way I work and my experience
I use a range of counselling approaches that are tailored to meet the needs of individual clients. We are all unique and I believe that there is no single approach that would work for each client and his situation. My practice has a strong humanistic foundation but I integrate other modalities into it which include Play therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You can visit my website to find out more about them.
My experience includes working within various charitable organisations, CAMHS and drug and alcohol service providers. Some of the issues that I can help with include: depression, anxiety, sexual or physical abuse, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, substance issues, relationship and family difficulties, bereavement and loss, stress, personal growth, anger, self-esteem or low self-worth issues.
A little bit about me
I am a therapist and a down to earth person who loves nature, reading and exploring new information online. My friends describe me as a compassionate, supportive person with a good sense of humour.
I am very fortunate to work with clients from a variety of backgrounds, ages and cultures as they bring numerous different issues to therapy. In the therapeutic environment they can focus on their goals or changes they would like to make in and through our therapeutic relationship, grow towards a positive sense of wellbeing.
Having experienced my own ups and downs I understand that we can sometimes feel too overwhelmed or embarrassed to make the first step and seek professional help. I am not here to judge or diagnose you but to help you explore what you yourself want to change or keep in your life.
Professional Affiliation and Assurances
I am a fully insured Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). You can find out more about this organisation here www.bacp.co.uk.
I hold an enhanced DBS check, attend regular supervision and am committed to ongoing training for continued professional development.
I offer counselling in English and Polish.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Post Graduate level 7 at University of Salford.
- Certificate in Counselling Skills by Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) level 2.
- BA (Hons) in German at Angelus Silesius State School of Vocational Education in Walbrzych.
I am currently undertaking a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children with the Place2Be.
Other training & CPD
- Level 3 Certificate in Solution Focused Practice
- Treating Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) & Panic Attacks
- Essential Skills Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- DBT Suicide Protocol for Assessing and Managing Risk in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Play Therapy
- Transactional Analysis – 101
- Understanding the impact of childhood sexual violence; responding to disclosures and supporting the survivors of sexual violence
- CBT module via University of Salford
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
30minute free consultation without any obligation to continue.
Individual 50 minute counselling sessions are 40-£45.
Concessions and discounts
Limited concessionary places are available for low waged.
Cancellation of appointments is to be given within 24 hrs notice. If a session is missed without notification the full fee may be charged.
Weekday daytimes, some weekday evenings.
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07544094617 and leave a message if you have any questions about the service I offer.
It is not always possible to answer my phone because of what I do, but I will get back to you as soon as I can if the call has not been made from a withheld number.