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WELCOME TO THE COUNSELLING PRACTICE - Wirral's new Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Service conveniently located in the heart of Heswall Village with free private parking. The practice provides warm and friendly support for both individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their personal or professional lives and are perhaps feeling that life is overwhelming and struggling to cope.
The areas I offer help and support with include, Anxiety, Couples and Marriage/Relationship Issues, Bereavement, Depression, Redundancy, Panic Disorder, Internet Addiction, Relationship Issues, Sex Addiction, Family Issues, Phobias, Anger Management, Intimacy Issues, Stress, Low Self Esteem and Work Related Stress.
Specialist experience and qualifications include Relationship and Psychosexual Counselling with both individuals and couples who may be experiencing difficulty in their intimate relationships, communication issues, affairs, separation or divorce. I also work with individuals who have issues around sex/porn addiction and compulsive online behaviour.
I also have extensive experience working long term with adolescents with mental health issues as a result of family breakdown, bullying and cyberbullying, sexting, exam pressure/anxiety, physical and emotional abuse.
I am a fully qualified BACP registered counsellor and psychotherapist with many years of experience working with both individuals and couples on both a short and long term basis. I currently work in private practice at Consulting Rooms across London (www.hampsteadcounselling.com) and now at our new branch in Heswall, Wirral.
My model of counselling and psychotherapy is Integrative, which means that I will tailor my approach to suit your needs best and at a pace that you feel comfortable with. This model is a talking therapy only, but enables me to integrate different approaches, schools of thinking, techniques and methods, so I can treat a person as a whole, focusing on their mind, emotions, body and spirit.
I currently provide both short term counselling and also longer term psychotherapy (open ended) for both individuals and couples, in a comfortable and tranquil consulting room with free private parking in Heswall, Wirral.
WHAT TO EXPECT
INDIVIDUAL, PSYCHOSEXUAL, COUPLES AND RELATIONSHIP THERAPY
We start with an initial consultation to discuss the reasons for seeking help at this time and what you are hoping to gain from therapy. This session lasts for 50 minutes and gives both parties the opportunity to get a sense of compatibility and there is no obligation to continue working together. We will discuss the potential treatment plan at this session should you choose to move forward and whether short or long term counselling or psychotherapy is preferred.
Sessions are usually weekly and last 50 minutes and held at the same time and place. As we near the end of each course of treatment, we will review progress and discuss either extending our work together, or working towards an agreed ending.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Most people experience difficult times and loss at some point in their lives; you may be struggling to cope at work, have issues within your relationship, or lost someone close to you. You may find yourself feeling anxious or depressed, or have an ongoing sadness without really understanding why.
Even if you have a good circle of friends and family, you may still feel like you are alone with your fear and pain and feel a sense of isolation. Talking things through with a trained and experienced counsellor can enable you to share and explore your feelings and concerns in a safe, supportive and confidential space.
At The Counselling Practice we work together to create an honest, non judgemental and supportive relationship, to help with thoughts and feelings which may currently seem overwhelming and insurmountable. The experience of counselling or psychotherapy can be life changing, as we work together to understand your situation and issues more fully and support you throughout the process to feel happier and stronger and with a greater sense of control and personal fulfilment.
Counselling provides the privacy of a confidential one to one relationship and space to talk openly about yourself and explore your thoughts, feelings and difficulties without judgement. My approach is based on the understanding that difficult and damaging experiences in the past can continue to affect us either consciously or subconsciously throughout our life, which affects the way that we behave and feel in the present. This exploration can provide the welcome opportunity to resolve old pain and conflict and understand patterns of behaviour that may be causing current emotional and psychological distress.
The counselling room is also a place where the client can feel ‘held’ and helped to think clearly about their lives and to find the freedom to come to their own conclusions about not only how to live, but how to live well.
Please refer to my website www.thecounsellingpractice.com for further information and background about how I work, the consulting room location and my contact details.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist on BACP and Middlesex University accredited Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses at The Minster Centre and at CPPD Counselling and Psychotherapy College in North London. I have also been awarded the 2 year post graduate Middlesex University and COSRT accredited London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy.
I am committed to ongoing continuous professional development and also hold certificates in skills training for Psychiatry, Psychopathology and Psychodynamics, Time Limited Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuropsychology.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), The National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP) and also The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and abide by their strict confidentiality code and ethical framework. I am also registered on the Accredited Voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
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.
The National Council of Psychotherapists
National Council of Psychotherapists
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
Individual Counselling - £50 per 50 minute session.
Couples Counselling - £60 per 50 minute session.
Please note there is a 48 hour cancellation policy with all appointments. Cancellation within this period will incur the full fee for the session.