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Anxiety, depression, trauma and eating. Adults 15+

About me

Hi there thanks for stopping by.  I am a friendly, warm integrative counsellor experienced in working with both adults and teenagers. I offer socially distanced sessions in person as well as online and provide a safe space for you to explore at your own pace, whatever is going on for you, without judgement.

Our sessions will be empowering maybe even life changing! I am passionate about counselling and what it can offer and believe no matter how difficult life may seem we are all capable of change. Together we will work towards resolving any issues, behaviours or thoughts you feel are having an impact on your life and holding you back. This will enable you to become more self-aware and give you the confidence to go forward and live the life you deserve. 

I use varying amounts of person-centred, psychodynamic and CBT. I use the skills I have to work around you as I am a great believer one size rarely fits all as we are after all unique. I have been self-employed now for sometime before this I worked at Childline so gaining valuable training and experience working with young people in areas such as gender identity, eating, bullying, confidence, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. I was also at Wirral Mind for several years and worked with adults who presented with a variety of issues.

I have a particular interest in working with anxiety, depression, trauma and overeating. I have completed further training in all of the above as well as with the Morris Centre giving me further insight into emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse and the ability to run the 21 step survivor to thriver programme for both individuals and groups.

During your first session we will spend some time going through the counselling agreement together. This gives us a chance to look at what I can offer you as a therapist and a chance to find out what it is you are hoping to get from our time together.

I offer a free initial consultation by zoom or phone whichever suits, this gives you a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Feel free to get in touch and let’s get your journey started, this is your time for change.

Training, qualifications & experience

Bsc in Life Sciences majoring in Psychology

Level 5 Counselling - CBT

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Survivor to thriver - group and individual work

Self-harm and suicidal ideation training

gender identity training

eating disorders in young people

eating and attatchment

Safeguarding

I am currently working as a self employed counsellor in Chester, Heswall and online. I have been lucky enough to get experience with all ages and as mentioned Mind and Childline have been part of my journey.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Sexual abuse

physical abuse

emotional abuse

Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • AXA PPP
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva

Additional information

Initial session approximately 15-20 minutes.

When I work

Chester and Heswall in person and online available . Flexible hours between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday.  Get in touch and we will find a time that works for you.

Further information

No problem too big or too small, please just get in touch and get the support you deserve

Chester, Cheshire West, CH1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Counselling rooms in Chester have several sets of stairs. Heswall counselling rooms are both upstairs and downstairs so easily accessible. I also do home visits.

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