I am a qualified counsellor with a range of life experiences which includes a change of career in my late 40's whilst raising 4 children from 2 marriages.
I provide a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings. I work within a Person-Centred model of counselling which means I do not give advice, but I do help the individual to find their own solution in a supportive, caring way.
I offer a counselling service for clients with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues including anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues and sexual abuse. Please see below for the full list of my areas of work.
My approach is flexible to client needs offering either time limited or open ended session plans. I have experience of both time limited counselling within an NHS setting and also settings where sessions are not time limited. In my private work the number of sessions is agreed between myself and the client dependent on the client needs.
The counselling room I work from is private, comfortable and appropriate for clients. It is accessed by a side gate and the room is at the bottom of the garden. I advise to arrive as close to appointment time as possible. Parking is available on the drive of the property. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer a waiting room area or toilet facilities.
The first session is an 'Assessment Session' where we determine whether we feel we can work together. At this time we will look at the your difficulties/issues to decide how we proceed and what is our goal for therapy.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists and I am bound by their 'code of ethics'. I also receive regular supervision which ensures my continuing ethical practice. I also undertake additional relevant training courses and attend conferences which enhance my ability to support my clients effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Salford University
- Certificate in Person Centred Counselling from Salford University
- Counselling Concepts from Bury College
Additional Training/Professional Development
- Understanding & Working with Sexual Abuse
- Drug Addiction
- Suicide & Self Harm
- Gestalt Introduction
- Working with 'Traumatic Grief in the Family'
- Domestic Abuse
- Drug Awareness Training
- Mindfulness Seminar
- Grief Counsellor Training
- Grief/Loss Camp
- Children & Young People's Services (Wigan) - (Working Expressively with Children)
- Prison Conference for Counsellors (2)
I have worked within a GP setting, a Children & Young Peoples Counselling Service working with individual family members at risk, a male Prison environment and with Private Clients.
The issues that clients presented with were anxiety, depression, work related problems, relationship difficulties, miscarriage, self harm, low self esteem, anger, Multiple Sclerosis, Bi Polar, gambling addiction, sexual, physical & emotional abuse and loss/bereavement of job and/or health.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fees are as follows;
Individual Therapy sessions - £45 for 50 minutes
Couples Therapy sessions - £55 for 50 minutes
Discounts may be available if sessions are block booked and paid for in advance
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I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I have regular monthly counselling supervision for continuing professional development which ensures that I am working ethically with my clients.