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BH (hons), MSc., BACP Approved Counsellor.

About me

When can counselling help

If you feel like you are no longer in the driving seat of your mind or no longer feel in control of your emotions, you can become overwhelmed or feel disconnected and alone. If left unchecked, our thoughts about ourselves or an unresolved situation can feel consuming and leave us unhappy and debilitated. Because this can have such an impact on your day to day living, working with a counsellor, such as myself, can really help. I will provide a safe space for you to talk about your problems or painful experiences without feeling judged. We will unpick and reframe unwanted thoughts, work through your issues and learn healthier coping strategies to replace the unhealthy coping mechanisms we often create as humans. 

Whether your goal is to stop feelings of anxiety and depression, make positive lasting changes, or move on from a traumatic experience, in counselling, you will be able to take back control of your life and get back into the driving seat of your mind.

What do I do?

I am an integrative counsellor, meaning I have training in multiple forms of counselling instead of just one. Because I am not tied to one specific counselling approach, my clients often get a better outcome because I tailor my counselling to suit their individual needs. This is a better approach because it acknowledges that everyone is different. Hence, a counselling method may benefit others but not be as effective for yourself. On the other hand, I have training in many forms of counselling, so we can explore what works best for you.

Learning about mental health has helped me realise that learning to understand yourself and your mental health can improve the outcome of counselling. Often my clients want to know why they are experiencing anxiety or depression and learn practical ways to resolve these feelings. If this sounds like you, I can also include free psychoeducation as part of your therapy, which is an excellent addition to counselling as it will answer these questions.  

Why me?

Because I am only human myself, I have experienced emotional turmoil caused by past experiences that left me feeling helpless and as if something was missing. I experienced first-hand the hope and clarity that engaging in counselling can bring, reinforcing my goal to help others live happy and meaningful lives. Because I can empathise with what it is like to bear your heart on a sleeve to a stranger, I know how important it is for you to be listened to without judgement as you work through your own emotional turmoil. 

I have gained two counselling degrees in my quest to improve mental health, and I have a first-class master's in addictions. Currently, I am working on a part-time psychology degree. Because I am a bit of a counselling geek, my expertise in mental health means I am equipped to get you to the root cause of your issues, and I can teach you relevant therapeutic skills proven to help you manage your mental health. 

Am I the right counsellor for you?

Due to my nature as a person, I work well with most people and issues. I have experience with Anxiety, Depression, Abuse, Eating disorders, grief and Trauma. I have worked with niche client groups such as veterans, young adults, people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, ethnic minorities, and those belonging to the LGBTQ community. Finally, it is not uncommon for my clients to have spiritual or religious beliefs.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Experience

Since qualifying as a counsellor, I have worked for a mental health charity in the Northeast of England as a support worker and a voluntary counsellor. I then became one of the few paid counsellors in the charity before being promoted to head of counselling for Veterans and the head of Addictions group work. As this charity grew, so did my role within the company. I was also responsible for assessing clients ready to be allocated to a suitable counsellor. In addition to my position, I would signpost clients to other required services in the North East to ensure they have access to the maximum support available. 


After becoming a mother, I became self-employed to fulfil my vision to combine counselling with learning and started my counselling business Mental Health School Ltd. My mission is to develop creative ways to work therapeutically with issues such as anxiety and depression, from creating children's mental health books to developing a safe and practical counselling approach to working with addictive behaviours. Perhaps differently from most counsellors, I also offer a combination of counselling and psychoeducation, should my clients want/benefit from this service. Psychoeducation is an excellent addition to counselling. It provides you with relevant information about your mental health and any specific issues you may be facing whilst teaching you practical ways to work through your problems. 

Regardless of working for a company or myself, I have always believed that the most important thing when working with someone is that they feel listened to and understood. I will always try to listen without judgment and create honest, healthy relationships with my clients. In my experience, above all, having a trusting relationship with my clients whereby they can be themselves, perhaps have a giggle, but also feel comfortable opening up is by far the best way to overcome any issue.  

My Training includes

  • Person-centred therapy (PCT).
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
  • Working with Attachment issues.
  • Gestalt Therapy.
  • How to move on from Depression or feeling sad.
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
  • Overcoming Social Anxiety.
  • Working with Trauma.
  • Counselling Veterans.
  • Dealing with Grief and Loss.
  • Addictions Counselling and recovery.
  • Addictions Group work.
  • Careers guidance and counselling.
  • Safeguarding clients.

My Qualifications

I have a first-class Foundation degree in counselling, a 2.1 in my BA (Hons) degree in guidance and counselling. A first-class master's in criminology, where I specialised in substance use and addiction. I am also a qualified teaching assistant. I am currently studying part-time for my PhD of science in psychology, hoping my research will improve the quality of services for women experiencing drug dependency.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.

Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

FREE - Initial consultation.

£40 - Affordable counselling from your home, through video chat or telephone.

£50 - Face to face (Not available until May 2022, as my office building is currently being renovated).

£40 - Concessionary Price for Face to face (Available in May 2022).

£35 - Concessionary price for Zoom and Telephone

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday:  12.00pm - 8.00pm

Tuesday and Friday:  11am-7pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

All sessions are subject to availability, each session lasts for 50 minuets.

Further information

I have chosen to offer a free initial consultation, as my main concern is the well-being of each client. Therefore, if I feel that the client would benefit from a different counsellor I will be honest and say this during the initial free consultation.

Mental Health School, Prestwick Road, Dinnington, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE13 7AG

Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom

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