I have a number of years experience as an Integrative counsellor. I previously worked for Philippi Counselling in Blackpool and am now self-employed working with adults, children, couples and families experiencing a wide range of problems in the Blackpool and Fylde area.
I am a committed Christian who works with all people regardless of faith. I do not bring my Christian view points into the counselling room unless requested. However my Christian principles define the way I work with my clients and in that way the client will experience my Christian nature, will not be judged and will know respect, patience, kindness, compassion, gentleness and understanding of their situations and emotions.
Each session lasts 1 hour with sessions conducted in Lytham St Annes and Blackpool (depending on room availability). I try to make each session as relaxed and enjoyable as possible so there is usually a kettle boiled ready for a tea or coffee. I recognise the client’s uniqueness and adapt my counselling to suit the individual’s/couples needs. My commitment to clients is for as long as they require my help and therefore counselling is open ended and the client decides how may sessions they require. In order to make sure the number of sessions is never more than is required the number of sessions will be reviewed on a regular basis.
As the client may be uncertain about counselling or whether I am the counsellor for them the first session is a free of charge, no obligation ‘Get to Know You’ session where counselling is explained more fully and the client is given the chance to begin to tell their story and become accustomed to counselling.
My practice is called New peace as my promise to all clients is to:-
Never give up on them and work with them for as long as they need my counselling support. There will however be times when my skills and knowledge are not enough and more specialist help is required. In these situations I will help the client to find the help that they need.
Encourage them to grow in self-awareness and gain the confidence to enable them make the decisions and changes that they need to make to improve their life
Work to the best of my ability at all times to help them find the:-
Peace that they have lost or may never have known and a hope for a better future.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Open, Dip. Couns
I have been counselling since 2008. From 2008-20016 I was a volunteer counsellor and Centre Manager For Philippi Counselling Blackpool managing a small team of counsellors. Since July 2016 I have been self employed and have full accreditation from the Association of Christian Counsellors. In my years of experience I have worked with a very wide range of problems. I have links to a number of local organisations dealing with domestic abuse and family problems who will refer their clients.
Other training courses attended:-
Working with Sexual Issues in Counselling
Guilt and Shame
Aspects of Sexual Addiction
Coping With Rejection
Suicide. Self Harm and Addictive Behaviour
How To Transform Your Practice By Telling The Truth
Relationship Focus in Marriage
Taking Care of Yourself as a Counsellor
Skills Development for Post Abuse Trauma Work
Introduction to Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Therapy with Children and Families
Mental Health Issues in Counselling
Facilitating Confidence and Esteem Groups
Couples Making: Working with Couples in Counselling
Safeguarding: Policies and Procedures for Working with Children and Young People
Bereavement Care Awareness
Building Recovery – Working With Addiction
Foundation for Infant Loss Training
Living Works ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training)
Shifting Sands Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy
Creating Streams of Hope
Finding Sanctuary: Working with Trauma in Counselling
Working with Shame in Relationships and Religion
An Introduction to Pluralistic Counselling Single Session and One-at-a-time Therapy Infant Loss Diploma in Supervision Studies (Distinction) Diploma in Online Counselling (Distinction) Diploma in Cognitive Counselling (Distinction) God in the Room – Issues surrounding faith dynamics Dealing with Distress Working with Suicide and Self-Harm
Registered / Accredited
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Association for Christian Counsellors
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I recognise that people have variable disposable incomes therefore I work on a negotiable afford to pay basis to ensure that my service is accessible to everyone.
I am available for Telephone consultations and Online consultations via SKYPE and social media video calls.
I am an accredited provider with The Institute for infants loss and a registered counsellor for The Churches Ministerial Counselling Service