I take an integrative approach to therapy and work predominantly within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, but also draw on perspectives from other therapies to promote positive change.
The most important aspect of success in counselling is the relationship between us. I tailor the approach to your needs in collaboration with you so that ultimately you can become your own therapist,by applying new skills and techniques to determine positive patterns of thinking and behaving.
I understand that coming for therapy can be a bit scary or daunting, even if you have been before, meeting someone new can be challenging especially if you’re feeling vulnerable or out of sorts. Choosing to come for therapy is about caring for and prioritising your own needs, and allowing yourself time and space to think things through. I can help you cope with those painful feelings and distressing, upsetting thoughts, and together, we will find the solutions that help you.
I have Healthcare Professional recognition and am a recognised provider of medical treatment with VitalityHealth, Cigna and Aetna Global Benefits
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy; BACP
- MBACP Private Practice Division and MBACP children and young people division.
- Post-qualifying, Level 4 Certificate in child counselling.
- Post Grad Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, a C B T approach.
- COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills; Strathclyde University.
- Registered Nurse Qualification ( no longer practising)
I have further training in; Bereavement in schools, Emotional Literacy in Young People, STRADA (Misuse of Alcohol), CALM (Crisis, Aggression, Limitation Management), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training,) Child Protection Awareness, Working with People Using Alcohol and Drugs, Motivational Interviewing and Social Inclusion (Equality, Diversity and Human Rights).
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session.
£50 per couple.
Each session is a therapeutic hour which is 50 minutes.
I am a recognised provider with VitalityHealth, Cigna and Aetna Global Benefits
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and BACP/PP, and BACP/ CYP
I have worked mainly in the caring professions for over 25 years, including 10 years of helping people with alcohol and substance misuse issues in one-one and group-work capacity
I have worked with children and young people in primary school and secondary school settings in one-one and group-work capacity. I also work with parents who have concerns about their children and help them find the best way to respond to their children.
CBT approach has proven successful in the treatment of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, feeling sad, OCD and phobias. Therapy and counselling, in general, has helped many people with relationship issues, bereavement and loss, alcohol and drug misuse and various unwanted thoughts and feelings.
The combination of CBT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy(SFBT), mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Neuro-linguistic Programming(NLP) provides a caring,positive, motivational approach with practical techniques to call upon in times of crises.