I am a qualified Relate Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working with adults, children and families on issues including anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties.
CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence as effective in the treatment of a wide range of psychological and emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety and phobias. For 10years I worked in a GP practice, using CBT and Interpersonal skills with adults and young people. In 2015 I completed an M.Sc. in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
In therapy with young people I draw on many years experience as a Primary and Special Needs teacher, and my understanding of emotional and behavioural difficulties. During 5 years as a therapist for young people in foster care I worked with issues around attachment, abuse and anxiety. To support Carers, I regularly delivered training in Life Story work, supporting anxious children and those with attachment difficulties.
As a Relate qualified Counsellor I help couples and individuals with relationship difficulties, as they make sense of changes in their lives; whether this is by working to improve a relationship or to have conversations about separation. A lot of the work inevitably involves resolution of conflict and, occasionally, the impact of domestic violence. I offer a safe and non-judgmental environment in which these difficult issues may be explored.
I am trained in Telephone counselling and currently work through Zoom or Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
Senior Accredited Counsellor (BACP)
Relate Qualified Counsellor
Relateen Qualified Counsellor for young people over age of 11yrs
M.Sc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2015)
MA Education (1992)
Advanced Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Skills (2010)
Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling (1999)
Certificate Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Skills (2001)
Certificate in working with Children and Young People (2001)
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling with adults and children (2003)
Training in Telephone Counselling (2010)
10yrs as a CBT and Person Centred counsellor in a GP practice.
10yrs as a counsellor in private practice.
11yrs as a Relate couple counsellor, offering both face to face and telephone counselling.
Therapist with children in foster care and their carers for 5yrs, specialising in attachment and abuse issues.
Voluntary counsellor with Oldham Bereavement Service, supporting adults and children, for 7yrs.
In 2015 I completed a final year dissertation for the MSc examining the usefulness of supporting anxious teenagers using Acceptance and Commitment therapy, a form of Cognitive Behavioural therapy.
I have monthly supervision from two therapists; one with a doctorate in CBT, and the other a qualified Relate therapist.
Regular attendance at workshops run by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy (BABCP) and by the BACP including:
- Compassion focused therapy
- Mindfulness therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- CBT with Children and Young People
- Anxiety and Depression in Children and Young People
- Anger, Rage and Relationships
Recent courses organised by Relate include:
- Eating disorders
- Working with domestic violence
- Child protection
Registered / Accredited
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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
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
My fees range between £45 and £55 for individuals, couples, families, EAP's and Insurance companies. Sessions last for one hour.
Fees for young people between the ages of 11 and 18yrs are £35 for a session of approximately 3/4 hour.
I am available for appointments between 8am and 8pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
You may contact me on my mobile 07810 648 369 to arrange an initial appointment. You can then decide whether or not to make further appointments.
I live in Marsden,which is easily accessible both from Huddersfield and the Saddleworth and Oldham area
There is good access to my home by car, bus or train. I do not have a waiting room for family members but the village is close by which has a variety of shops, cafes and bars.