Cert. Counselling, PgDip. Integrative Psychotherapy
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I offer individual adult therapy, working with clients experiencing a range of difficulties:
- Anxiety • Depression • Bereavement
- Poor self-image and self-esteem
- Shame • Compulsive behaviours • Social anxiety
- Problems in relationships and relating
- Living with long-term illness and disability
I also have a particular interest in major life transitions, and the stresses, challenges and new directions they can lead to – leaving home, setting up as an independent adult, new stages in long-term relationships and families, adjusting to the 'empty nest' and life with adult children, issues in retirement and older age.
I believe my first task as a counsellor and therapist is to build a relationship with you where you feel secure, accepted, and heard without judgement. On that foundation, therapy has a chance of becoming a place where you feel safe enough to share the more vulnerable, challenging, or painful aspects of your experience.
As an integrative psychotherapist, I draw upon a number of therapeutic approaches. This means that I can work with you flexibly in response to your specific issues and needs. Alongside my therapy training, I also draw on my training in Mindfulness for Health, with a particular focus on managing stress and anxiety.
At the heart of my approach are these beliefs and values
- a belief in the individual’s built-in capacity for health and growth
- the conviction that a secure and trusting therapeutic relationship can offer the conditions for that healthy growth to prosper
- the understanding that my role as therapist is not to direct or lead you, but to work with you to support and nurture your own process of change
- a commitment to equality and diversity, and a non-judgemental respect for all my clients
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work within that organisation's professional Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
UgCert. Counselling, Keele University 2003-4
PgDip. (Distinction) Integrative Psychotherapy, 2015-17
University of Central Lancashire
Teaching Certificate in Mindfulness for Health,
Breathworks CiC, Manchester 2012-13
BACP Registered Member 339352
In addition to working with private clients, I am the in-house counsellor at a South Manchester GP group practice.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session. I currently offer one appointment per week at a reduced rate of £25 for those on lower incomes.
When I work
I see clients for fifty minute sessions at the Counselling Rooms in Chorlton, South Manchester on Thursday mornings. Appointments are available at 7.45; 9.00; 10.00; 11.00 and 12.00
Email or phone me for a free half-hour initial discussion, which can be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about counselling in general, or any aspect of the service I offer.