Having worked in the mental health industry for over 10 years, I understand how much of an impact emotional problems can have on life. I’ve also seen first-hand how strong the healing process can be when the right relationship qualities, approach and care are offered.
During my diverse career and education so far, I’ve worked with people of all ages, with various struggles and in a range of capacities. This has allowed me to develop wide-ranging experience and allows me to provide a high-quality therapeutic service for many different emotional strains in life. My longstanding career and training within this field has only boosted my passion for alleviating emotional distress and worries.
So, no matter what it is that has brought you to my page, I would be privileged to be alongside you on your counselling journey, starting with an introductory consultation to establish how we might begin the work together.
My Approach to Counselling
It is my belief that counselling can be a very powerful tool. Combining my own experience as a previous client of counselling with my training and career, I have implemented what contributes to the healing process in my approach as a counsellor. My skills are rooted in person-centred theory. This approach puts you and your emotions at the centre of all the work we undertake and is the foundation of our working relationship. This approach and the strong relationship it produces allows us to create understanding, positive challenges and self-growth.
Throughout life, I have always valued integrity, honesty and compassion. These values have shaped my experiences, career and have ultimately led me to set up Alleviate Counselling and Psychotherapy; a private practice based in Stockport, where I can integrate these values into the practice to ensure the best possible experience and therapy is provided to my clients.
Getting Started with Alleviate Counselling and Psychotherapy
When you contact Alleviate Counselling and Psychotherapy, you can expect:
- A free consultation, with no obligation, to ensure the service is right for you
- A range of one-to-one services to fit around you, including face to face, video and telephone
- A high-quality service tailored to you and your needs
- Both long and short-term therapeutic work
- Regular reviews throughout our work together to ensure your expectations are being met
Get in touch today, either through the email link or by calling directly.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began my career in the field of mental health in 2011 where I completed a degree in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. My studies, involvement with Nightline as a Listening volunteer, and a befriending service at this time piqued my interest in how freeing and beneficial talking can be. I wanted to expand my understanding of therapeutic approaches within different cultures which led to my voluntary work in Sri Lanka within Psychiatric hospitals and community outreach programmes. This showed me that no matter what our culture or beliefs may be, empathy, compassion and allowing someone a safe space to talk is universally therapeutic.
After returning from Sri Lanka, my passion for helping alleviate peoples’ emotional distress only grew, and I spent the following years working with women in the community within supported tenancies; providing emotional support to young people in education; with adults and children within inpatient mental health services; and in charity organisations supporting those in immediate mental health crisis. I have also held voluntary Counselling roles within a GP practice, with Change Grow Live and Macmillan over a two-year period.
Alongside these varied roles I have maintained a keen passion for learning, to ensure I offer the best service to my clients. As well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Salford University, I have also completed training in several areas. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Positive Behaviour Support
- CBT skills
- Trauma and the Brain
- Self-harm and Suicide prevention
- Adult and Child Safeguarding
- The Mental Capacity Act
- Understanding alcohol and substance misuse
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session for face to face sessions
£35 per session for remote sessions (Telephone or Video call)
£35 per session concessionary rates for face to face sessions
£30 per session concessionary rates for remote sessions (Telephone or Video call)
I continue to volunteer with Macmillan and also hold a role with BIG in Mental Health as a Crisis Counsellor around my private practice commitments.
I am in the process of completing my Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Salford with a keen focus on the topics of Bereavement and Suicidality.
I currently hold an up to date DBS which I maintain each year.