Hi and a very warm welcome to my profile. I am a fully accredited person-centred Counsellor with 20 years experience working with a wide range of issues both within the NHS, for a charity supporting people affected by a diagnosis of cancer, and in my own private practice.
Sometimes we don't know which way to turn when we are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed, angry, upset, frightened; maybe you don't feel you can talk to family or friends, or worry that you will feel judged or embarrassed.
I will offer you a friendly, safe and non-judgemental space where I will listen to you with an open mind and open heart as you explore your thoughts and feelings about whatever it is that is troubling you. Feeling fully heard, accepted and understood can be a deeply healing experience and can lead to new ways of accepting and understanding yourself. Perhaps I can help you unravel and make more sense of something that may be causing you difficulty and help you find a way forward; maybe I can support you in changes you wish to make; maybe you are bereaved or experiencing loss of another kind such as health, job, relationship; or maybe you just need a safe space to offload whatever it is that is getting you down.
I am also experienced in mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being present to the everyday moments of our life, with a kindly and accepting awareness. Being mindful can help you become more aware of how your thoughts and emotions can affect your quality of life. Mindfulness can help reduce psychological distress, increase ability to relax, enhance self-confidence, manage chronic pain, help us live more fully in the present.
I really value the person-centred approach because I first experienced this as a client struggling with anxiety and low self-esteem. The warmth and unconditional acceptance I felt in this relationship helped me to understand myself better, to be less self-critical, and empowered me to trust and develop my own inner resources and values.
What to expect in your first session
Because it is really important that we feel comfortable working together, I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation where we can get to know each other a bit more and I can tell you a little more about the way I work and answer any questions you may have.
I have experience working with both short term and long term clients with a wide range of issues, and we can discuss your needs and frequency of sessions when we meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma (HE) Person Centred Counselling 2001
Diploma in Time-Limited Counselling 2005
BACP Accreditation 2005
Diploma in Casework Supervision 2007
Integrated Mindfulness Training 2011
Training courses and Workshops:
- Loss and Bereavement
- The Power of Acceptance
- Anxiety and Depression
- Suicide awareness
- Hakomi - Assisted self-discovery
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
- Hope course facilitator
Since qualifying as a counsellor I have worked in private practice, as a volunteer counsellor for a local voluntary agency, and for the NHS as a Counsellor in the Community Mental Health Team gaining experience working with a wide range of issues. Currently, alongside my private practice, I work for a local cancer charity as a Counsellor providing one to one and group support to patients and families who have been affected by a diagnosis of cancer. I am also experienced in working with palliative and end of life care clients and families. I am a trained HOPE course facilitator (Help Overcome Problems Effectively), a 6 week Macmillan course which is a self-management programme designed to help people overcome difficulties and develop coping strategies to help get their life back on track following a diagnosis of cancer.
I also volunteer at Neuro Dropin Lancaster running Mindfulness Groups and supporting events - Neuro Dropin is a charity very close to my heart because of family illness and offers a wide range of services and classes to people with neurological conditions including: Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson's, Stroke, Acquired brain injury
I am a member of BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I am fully insured
I am fully committed to my personal and professional development in order to enhance my practice
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life-limiting illness and end of life care