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FdSc, MNCS(Accred), Individual and Relationship Counselling

About me

Firstly... regarding coronavirus. I have resumed normal face to face counselling. We sit 2.2meters apart during counselling. I do not insist on you wearing a mask and I do not wear one myself. However, you are welcome to wear one if you wish.  For those who prefer online video counselling or who live far away I can accommodate you via Zoom or Skype.  Full details of video counselling and how it differs from face to face counselling can be emailed to you on request.

I offer counselling for both individuals and couples at my home address in Runcorn. I have a dedicated private counselling room set apart from my house where we can work together in helping you find better self-awareness and also helping you to decide if there are any beneficial changes you wish to make.  My approach is pragmatic and focussed on helping you to discover beneficial outcomes. Broadly speaking, this involves two stages that can occur simultaneously, or one after the other. Firstly, helping you understand and make sense of your situation (what are the factors, influences and explanations that prompted you seek counselling). Secondly, exploring with you what, if any, changes you may wish to make.

I can also be mobile and come to you if it’s really impractical for you to get to me, but only on the strict understanding that you are able to guarantee a totally private setting.

Like most counsellors, I have discovered areas of therapeutic work where I feel I’m of most benefit to clients. These are:

  • Couples counselling and relationship coaching
  • Working with mid-life crisis and dilemmas associated with life-stages
  • Finding personal direction and meaning
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Matters of a sexual nature
  • Eating disorders
  • Feelings of inadequacy and never feeling quite good enough
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Body confidence and acceptance
  • Affairs and infidelity
  • The effects of ageing and menopause on your sex life (still a big taboo for many)
  • Making decisions
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Revealing how your past could be adversely influencing your present day life
  • Social media and mobile phone dependency, and how it affects your self esteem.
  • "Peter Pan" syndrome. (Men who wont grow up)
  • Family matters and past dramas that are still affecting you

I'm happy to work flexibly around your personal commitments or working life, especially if you work shifts or have child-minding dilemmas.

I currently offer clients a few different counselling options, as follows:

Multiple Session Counselling for individuals. The client is asked to commit to a minimum of three sessions lasting 60 minutes each. At the end of the third session we talk about how counselling is going for you and whether you’d like to continue exploring any outstanding issues or unfinished business, one session at a time, until you feel that you’ve made sufficient progress and achieved what you came for. Counselling over several sessions allows for deeper exploration and more widespread understanding of what’s going on for you.

Single Session Counselling for individuals. This is a single session lasting 90 minutes, with the option to book again afterwards if you feel there is more to be discussed. This is intended for:

  • Those who are unable to commit to a series of sessions either for practical reasons or financial constraints.
  • Those who are looking for a more direct style of counselling that is geared towards finding practical ways to move forward.
  • Those who need counselling a short notice.
  • Those who feel as though they just need to be heard by a professional as they think out loud about their issue or dilemma.
  • Those who have just one particular thing that’s bothering them and are prepared to get straight to the heart of the matter.

It may not be suitable for those who wish to take their time delving deeper into their issues or those who have complex issues, or more than one issue.

Multiple Session Counselling for Couples. Couples are asked to commit to a minimum of three sessions lasting 2hours each. At the end of the third session we assess how counselling is going and whether there are still outstanding issues or more things you’d like to look into. We can then continue one session at a time until you feel you’ve made sufficient progress or got what you came for.

Single Session Counselling for Couples. A single two hour session where we spend part of the session exploring the issue at hand, and part of the session exploring what changes you may wish to make moving forward. This is suitable for last minute crisis counselling, or for couples who prefer a much more direct approach regarding a single issue.

Couples Relationship Workshops. These are more generic in nature and are designed for couples who don’t necessarily present with a particular over-riding issue but who wish to improve their understanding of their own relationship and different types of relationship in general. Please enquire for details and give a brief outline of what you’d like to discover more about.

Personal Development Day Courses. These are single day-sessions which last from 10am to 4pm and include refreshments. The two courses are entitled, “Who am I?” and “Mid-life Evaluation”. Please message me for further details of what exactly we cover.

If you wish to come with your spouse or partner for relationship counselling, then it’s best if you talk to them about it and get their consent before sending me a message. If your partner is not ready to engage in this type of counselling but you have pressing issues that you still need to talk to somebody about then you are welcome to book in as an individual. As well as covering all the topics you’d expect to find in relationship counselling, like good communication, you’ll also find I am able to talk very openly about matters to do with sex, fantasy, maintaining long-term desire, libido, monogamy, different types of relationships, arousal, the effects of stress, illness and life events on sexual behaviour and desire, erectile dysfunction, variations or difficulties with orgasm, painful sex, unfaithfulness and the notions/expectations that each person brings into the partnership about how this thing called "relationship" is “supposed” to work.

I’m trained to degree level as an integrative counsellor, which means that I carefully consider your individuality and then draw on various counselling models to find an approach that suits you best. I have also completed post-qualification courses on communication, differences and understanding in relationships, and counselling couples after the revelation of an affair. But it all begins with your story, what brings you to counselling, and how I can best understand you and your world. As the sessions unfold, I’ll work with you in helping you gain a greater understanding of what’s been going on, and help and support you when it comes to making your own decisions about the changes you may wish to make. 

 IMPORTANT. If your preferred contact method is by email then please check your spam mail carefully before deleting. My reply could be in there! If you text me then I can usually reply quicker.

I am a Member of the National Counselling Society and when working I strive to adhere to their code of ethics.

If you’d like to enquire further, or you’d like to meet me before deciding, then I offer an optional free 30 minute consultation.

I also have a website www.timeoutwellbeing.co.uk and you are welcome to browse and contact me via the site as well as directly through this directory.

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation degree in Counselling with Staffordshire University.

Certificates of attendance on courses on couples counselling to do with dealing with affairs and communication, from The College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

I have had several jobs in a wide variety of fields. This has brought me in contact with all sort of different people from differing social and economic backgrounds. My interpersonal skills have developed as a result.

In relation to therapeutic experience I have volunteered with two local charities and one national charity in providing holistic complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families. This inevitably involved lots of empathic listening and support.

I have nine years experience as a qualified massage therapist during which it was common for clients to disclose their issues in the massage room and for me to practice my counselling skills with them. This, in part, influenced my decision to study and qualify in counselling to a high level.

In training, I completed over 100 sessions with genuine clients at MIND which proved a tremendous help and learning curve.

I have attended seminars on eating disorders, domestic abuse, suicide awareness, sex and relationships, and the nature of cancer.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mid-life evaluation. Helping clients explore anxieties, depression, doubts and questionings commonly found amongst 35-60 year olds. Helping you find meaning and purpose at times when you feel you have lost your way, or life and relationships have become monotonous and boring. Helping you discover yourself, or create yourself.

Fees

From £20.00 to £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

INDIVIDUALS

Three 60 mins sessions for £35 each (£105 for three). Further sessions at £35 per session.

Single Session Counselling Session. 90 minutes, £50.

COUPLES

Three 2 hour sessions for £90 each (£270 for three sessions, six hours in total). Further sessions at £90 each

Single Session Counselling for Couples £90 for 2 hours

DAY COURSES (10am to 4pm) £120 each (£180 for couples)

COUPLES WORKSHOPS please enquire.

MOBILE SURCHAGE £10

Payments can be made by card, cash or paypal.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

From 9am to 8pm, any day of the week.

Further information

In my mid-forties I went through a 6 month period of questioning, reflection and searching. It was life-changing and produced positive outcomes beyond my imagination. This is what spurred me on to the path of becoming a counsellor; to help others who may be experiencing difficulties. You can be a slave to the past, or a pioneer of your own personal future. You can get bogged down, resentful and weary as you constantly try live up to the expectations of everyone else, or you can level the playing field and become a more authentic, fulfilled and confident you.
And so this is my passion. Helping you break the chains of the past and discovering who you really are, and what you want for the future.
Whatever is limiting you or holding you back; whatever is keeping you awake at night or ruining your quality of life - talking can help. Not just any old talking…. talking to a counsellor in a safe and confidential environment. Someone who can enter into your world, look at your past, look at your beliefs about how you think things “ought” to be, and look at what you want differently for the future.

7 Mather Avenue, Weston Point, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4JJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations

Key details

There are four steps leading to the counselling room which I am more than happy to assist wheelchair users with. I wouldn't want anyone put off by a few steps when I'm more than happy to assist.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom