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About me

I have worked for almost 50 years as a Mental Health Practitioner in the NHS and this has brought me into contact with people at many levels of human distress. In addition I have 10 years experience of working as a Counsellor in a General Counselling Service, in which I worked with many people of various types of emotional distress including relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, social phobia, anger, bereavement, relationship adjustment, attachment, separation and loss.

I have found that if a trusting caring relationship can be developed between Client and Counsellor and by listening very carefully to the client how therapeutic this can be. This enables difficulties to be explored together, which I as Counsellor aim to be fully engaged. From this dynamic relationship the possibility of healing takes place.

Another direction my interest has taken me is in Mindfulness and Compassion. Learning to be fully present and attentive to what is taking place and to stay focused on my client in the present moment is very important. This along with compassion has helped clients to be more self-caring and self-accepting. If fear predominates then this will be a central aspect of our experience and by learning to tone down intense feelings with self-compassion can make a significant difference.

In a nutshell, this is where I am coming from. Read on and decide whether you feel this approach might be of help to you?

Training, qualifications & experience

1991: Certificate in Counselling: Manchester Univrsity

I have extensive experience in working in NHS Mental Health Services. Since qualifying as a Pdifficulties rofessional Counsellor in 2011 I have worked for 8 yearsin a Generalised Counselling Service seeing clients with various emotional difficulties including low mood, loss, depression, shame, anxiety, social anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavment (including terminal illness, sudden death and suicide), stress, adjustment and attachment problems, Asperger syndrome, finding purpose + meaning meaning.  Providing counselling in a time limited way, usually 12 sessions with a mid-point review.

Trainings Undertaken:

2011: Post-Graduate Diploma with Merit in Professional Counselling: University of Central Lancashire

2012: Brief CBT Interventions: Salford University

2012: 8 week Mindfulness training with Mindful Outlook

Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) Workshops:

2013: Mindful Compassion

2013: Overcoming Anxiety with CFT + ACT

2014: CFT for Anger: The True strength program

2015: CFT for Depression

2015: CFT for Shame Based Trauma

2019: Intoduction to the theory & Practice of CFT

2019: CFT for Loss & Bereavement

2019: CFT for Psychosis

2019: A Compassionate Approach to Recovering from Shame-based Trauma & PTSD

2019: CFT Advanced Clinical Skills

2020: CFT Chairwork 

Workshops with Simeon Counselling Service include mindfulness, Autism + Asperger's syndrome, bereavement, medication, training in assessment + review.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

The first session is free.

Subsequent sessions are £40.

Concessions £30

When I work

Not currently taking clients

Desirable to have weekly appointments.

Further information

Therapy is provided by face to face sessions in a private comfortable room in my home.

Alternatively, on-line therapy is available.

The first free session is an opportunity to meet and for you to decide if the therapy I'm offering feels right, and likely to meet your needs. This is a time for you to ask any questions about your therapy.

It is important to discuss your goals and how you hope to benefit from therapy, so as to give it focus. Often objectives change as therapy proceeds.

Sessions are usually planned on a weekly basis, to give continuity and consistency with a review every 6 weeks to make any adjustments that might be necessary for your therapy.

The first session is an opportunity to take personal information, to discuss your Counselling Contract and make an initial assessment and plan for your therapy.

Formby, Merseyside, L37

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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