About me

About me and the way I work.

I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering a professional, warm and reflective space in which to disentangle and process difficult feelings and emotions.

My approach is collaborative, and relational; putting the relationship at the heart of the therapy. Since 2013, I have worked in hospice care offering both palliative and bereavement therapy to adults, couples and families. As such, I have extensive experience and a particular interest in working with loss, whether this is related to life circumstances, relationships, independence, sense of self, illness or bereavement. I also have an interest in family dynamics and working with difference, and people who feel out of synch with the ‘mainstream’.

How can counselling and psychotherapy help? 

It is not unusual for any of us to find ourselves in difficult and sometimes overwhelming situations. Life can be extremely stressful and can throw up seemingly insurmountable and unexpected challenges. Particularly throughout the pandemic we have been living with high levels of uncertainty and anxiety. Feelings and emotions can sometimes be confusing, appear irrational and difficult to make sense of. It may feel impossible to talk to family or to friends, so usual sources of support and comfort no longer feel accessible or available. Relationships can come under strain which can add to our sense of aloneness, entrapment and isolation. In these sorts of situations it can be really helpful to talk to a therapist; a ‘professional stranger’. I offer a safe and confidential space in which people who are experiencing difficulties can explore and process their situation, voice and unpick their feelings, and consider choices, options and different ways in which to progress. I don’t give advice and I won’t tell people what to do, but I will help people to become ‘unstuck’, and to access their own sense of agency in finding a way through.  

Training, qualifications & experience

  •  MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling (with eight years post-qualification experience)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PG Cert Systemic Practice 

 Over the past ten years I have worked as a therapist in palliative care, mental health, education, and refugee and asylum-seeker settings.

I have a background in psychiatric nursing; training in the 1980s and working in the NHS for a number of years. Following this, I worked within the voluntary sector in mental health and criminal justice settings, before further training and working in my current role as a counsellor, psychotherapist and systemic practitioner.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

From £50.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I charge £50 for a full hour session, and £60 per hour for couples. And I offer a free initial phone or video consultation to make sure people feel comfortable and safe speaking with me before we contract to work together. I will provide a short information sheet which includes a contract, so that expectations and guidelines of therapy are clear.

Currently, I am offering phone and online (Zoom) therapy to individual adults, and in-person therapy to individual adults and to couples. I am available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If you feel you would like to access therapy with me, or if you want to discuss further, you can contact me by phone on 07526 504 232. If I am unavailable please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Usually this will be within two working days.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I work closely with the BACP Ethical Framework, and regularly partake in ongoing supervision, training and continuing professional development opportunities in line with BACP guidelines. I am also enhanced DBS checked.

Independence House
Holly Bank Rd
Huddersfield
HD3 3LX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples