At certain points in life, some of us find ourselves in what are often described as "dark places," where we may feel lost, hopeless, out of control or with no peace of mind. Having been in such a place myself in the past, I know what it is like to feel helpless and trapped there. However, by talking through my problems and feelings with someone who I felt genuinely cared, someone who could listen without criticism and show understanding without platitudes, I felt like a light had been shone on the darkness; counselling helped me find the strength and self-belief to find my way out. And in a similar way, I want to help you make sense of your world - no matter how crazy or scary it may seem - so you can become free from whatever trap is holding you back.
I offer counselling in a number of settings, including my private practice, where people may be overwhelmed and troubled by a range of feelings: worry, sadness, confusion, anger, guilt, despair, shame, isolation, jealousy etc. I have also helped people tackle specific issues such as anxiety, stress, panic, depression, loss and loss of purpose in life, relationship problems, eating disorders, confusion about identity, including gender identity and transgender issues. Whilst a variety of reasons or events may lead to these feelings, one of the underlying factors can be low self-esteem and counselling can help challenge this too.
I have always been interested in human behaviour, especially the underlying reasons for so called unwanted behaviour, and try to see what other people's worlds look like from the inside.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have almost 5 years' experience in a domestic abuse organisation, helping both women and men, which has involved dealing with all forms of abuse and related problems which give rise to many mental health issues eg anxiety, post-traumatic stress, anger etc. I also have over 4 years' experience in a local Carers' Centre where I provide counselling and a listening ear service concerning matters such as bereavement, depression, stress of being a carer. In 2014, I completed a year's counselling in the Family Unit at Aintree Hospital, again dealing with mental health issues and I have been a counsellor at the Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre since April 2015.
I am a fully qualified BACP accredited counsellor and offer Person-Centred counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in whatever way is best suited to you. Person-Centred counselling is a gentle, non-directive process that can help you find your own way and become more of your own person. CBT focuses on how unhelpful thought processes can affect your mood and behaviour - and how these can be changed. It involves us working as a team and offers strategies to help deal with negative or unwanted thoughts characteristic of issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, panic and OCD.
I believe our relationship - and especially the trust therein - is important for the quality and depth of our work and would suggest you try a session first before making a commitment. I will work alongside you, not pushing or directing you, but trusting in your own sense of what is, or is not, right for you. Hopefully, you will trust me to do my best to help free you from your 'dark place.'
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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transgender and transssexual experience
For the initial 30 minute 'taster' session, which can be either face to face or by 'phone, there is no charge.
For subsequent hour long sessions, I charge £30.00, though I will take into account any financial hardship.
If you choose to make a block booking of at least 6 sessions, there will be a discount of £5.00 per session.
Though sessions normally take place weekly, this may vary depending on your circumstances.
Payments may be made by cash or cheque after each session.
I currently have availability from Tuesday to Friday from 0900 onwards and can arrange appointments in the evenings.
I am fully insured and also receive monthly supervision, in accordance with the requirements of the BACP.