Hello, here is a little about me to help you consider if I might be the right person to share your journey. I am often given feedback by my clients that they experience me as warm, genuinely caring, gently challenging and that they were surprised how easy they found it to share his or her pain, loss, sadness and hopelessness, often for the very first time. I offer a no fee initial meeting of approx 30 mins. I work hard to offer deepest empathy and I feel immensely privileged and moved to be invited into my clients' sometimes traumatic and troubled pasts, as we begin together to explore deep emotional wounds. I have enormous respect for the courage it often takes to begin to gradually and gently reveal the most painful and difficult, long buried hurts.
During my 25+ years as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor, I have accumulated over 25,000 hours of supervised Person-Centred client hours. I regard myself to be a mature, sensitive and very experienced practitioner and offer a wealth of working with a very wide variety of people, and an even wider range of issues, problems and difficulties. I aim to help my clients HEAL not simply learn to manage their symptoms. A significant number of my clients find me through recommendations of others I have worked with.
Photographs of my first floor dedicated counselling room.
Why it's important to find the right therapist
To find the right therapist for you can be the first step to healing and growth. There are many different therapeutic approaches and many, many therapists. The right counsellor for you will offer you confidentiality and will not judge you, but will gently challenge self-damaging thoughts and behaviour and will help you to empower yourself to grow in confidence and self-esteem. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is of greatest importance to me, and to feel safe with and respected and trusted by me, is my aim with each unique individual I work with as well as those wishing to attend couple counselling.
My commitment to you
Sometimes deep or old hurts, depression and/or anxiety; fears, worries and concerns about the future; or relationship issues and family issues are the focus of therapy and sometimes people attend for personal growth or support through a particularly difficult time. You will lead the way; I will work very hard to be a genuine, honest and caring companion. Together, we may face your fears and together we may honour the positive changes you are making in your life. I often find a tenderness within myself as I share my client's sometimes slow and hesitating journey to emotional well-ness and to feeling whole and healthy inside. I have no agenda and have no wish to change you in any way - my aim is that I help you to identify and to make the changes you wish to improve your life. There are some things in life, such as bereavement and loss, we simply cannot change - I hope to help you to accept those and to manage your feelings in a more positive, healthy way. You may leave at any time and when the time feels right, I will be equally committed to helping you leave.
My own life was radically changed when I found healing from my past - my own raw wounds, and now experience them as manageable scars. I believe my journey towards healing enables me to truly empathise and to experience my client's worlds as they experience them. I am far from perfect, I make mistakes - I am human. Now, at this point on my journey, I am better at accepting my faults and vulnerabilities and more able to see and to acknowledge my qualities and strengths. I have learned (an on-going lesson), to be kinder to myself and to treat myself with greater compassion and respect. I would very much like the opportunity to see if I may help you with this too. If you have low self-esteem, lack confidence and struggle to find assertiveness within you, the outcomes of therapy frequently include - improved levels of self-esteem and confidence and an ability to say "No" when you choose, (even when this has not been the focus of the work).
"Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master them, and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, views about life."
- Carl Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
I have gained significant experience and training over the years. My on-going commitment to professional growth and safe, ethical practise is at the heart of all my therapeutic work.
Qualifications relevant to counselling and supervision are:
2013 BACP Accreditation (on-going)
2011 BACP/IAPT Supervision Training
2011 The National Counselling Society Approved Supervisor
2010 Certificate in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
2009 Advanced Certificate in CBI (Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anx & Dep)
2003 Diploma in Casework Supervision (PCCS)
2001 City & Guilds 7307 Stage one (Teacher training) (Warrington Collegiate Inst.)
1994-1996 PCETI Graduate (Person-Centred Expressive Therapy Institute) USA
1994 Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Wigan & Leigh College)
1993 Certificate in Counselling (Wigan & Leigh College)
1992 Introduction to Counselling (St. Helens College)
Short Courses Attended
Introduction to Psycho-sexual Health
Jungian Approaches to Therapy
Body/Mind Counselling & Psychotherapy
Self-harm & Suicide
Benzodiazepine Study Day
Complimentary Medicine Seminar
Experience as a Counsellor
I graduated with an Advanced Diploma in 1994 and have been in Private Practice since then. I have a very quiet, comfortable, dedicated first floor counselling room. I am told by clients they find this to be a very calm and soothing space.
I worked, from 1993, when I set up the Counselling Service, as the In-House counsellor at a Medical Centre in St. Helens for 24 years until NHS funding was sadly withdrawn. During this time I was also asked by the doctors to set up counselling services within two further St. Helens Medical Centre for half a day each week. Each of these were hit by severe financial cuts over the past few years. I worked with an extremely wide variety of people, of all ages, cultures and sexual orientation and now work exclusively within my Private Practise, although the GP's still refer patients to me, but purely privately now.
My Private Practice is located roughly between St. Helens and Warrington and is easy to reach from M6 / M62 / A49.
From 2002-2014 I was a Therapist within The Priory Group of hospitals. My work included one-to-one therapy and group sessions for in and out-patients, and the role of Therapy Coordinator.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individual and Group Supervision
Sessions available by telephone and Skype.
Telephone counselling and Skype can be easily accessed when it is not convenient to attend sessions face-to-face. The busier our lives are, the more important flexibility becomes. If you are unable, for whatever reason, to leave your home, as long as you can be in a quiet and private space, we can arrange a mutually convenient time for sessions. This may be particularly helpful if you are housebound, are a carer, struggle to find childcare or if you suffer from extreme anxiety, social phobia or agoraphobia.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I offer an initial meeting, FREE OF CHARGE, which lasts approximately 30 minutes. There is no pressure, this is simply a meeting to see if we would like to work together and if the service I offer might meet your need. If we both agree we would like to engage in a therapeutic relationship, a full session may be booked at a mutually convenient time. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
Full details of my availability are on my website: www.caztaylortherapy.com
The fee for individuals for counselling and supervision (see link to supervisor profile) is:
£50.00 for a 60 minute session.
Students and low-income rates negotiable, please ask me.
I offer a sliding, negotiable scale, for those who would wish to work with me but would genuinely find the full fee prohibitive.
I hold Professional Civil Liability Insurance and current Enhanced CRB (now called DBS).
I offer the possibility of including Expressive Therapy in individual, couple or group sessions. This means that I have a variety of different art media (pastels; miniature objects; sound; movement; guided visualisation etc.) available in my counselling room. There is no pressure to use these materials, but should you wish to, you might find them beneficial, in helping you to express and explore your feelings. No artistic skill is needed, just a willingness to experiment and to be open to creativity. This is not about creating a 'piece of art' but simply an invitation to have freedom to find and use natural creativity (which exists in all human beings), in a therapeutic way.
"From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse." Carl Gustav Jung
I also offer Expressive Therapy Workshops for individuals, couples and groups, either integrated into a counselling or supervision session, or an exclusively Expressive Arts session. The time for these sessions is flexible and a pro-rata fee charged.
Most of my Expressive Therapy training took place in California, with Natalie Rogers (Carl Rogers' daughter). I learned a huge amount from her whilst developing my own creativity and playfulness and learning to facilitate individuals and groups.
Natalie invited me to write something to be included in her most recent book - The Creative Connection for Groups. My contribution was based on my work with Eating Disorder groups using Expressive Therapy.
Please feel free to call me: 01925 228825 or 07973 113027 to discuss your needs, book a free initial meeting or to ask any questions you may have about me or the service I offer.
PARKING IS AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY OUTSIDE THE PROPERTY.
Satnav: WA12 9NX
The Creative Connection for Groups Natalie Rogers, Ph.D. Science & Behaviour Books, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8314-0095-8
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Dedicated counselling room on the first floor. There are stairs.
Mondays 1.30pm - 9.00pm. Tuesdays 11.15am - 9.30pm, Wednesdays 9.30am - 4.00pm. Thursdays 11.15am - 9.30pm Fridays 9.30am - 4.00pm
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a Diploma in Casework Supervision and have fifteen years plus experience supervising a variety of practitioners.