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"It helps to talk" ~ when life hurts & you need to find your way....
Ongoing since 1980's ~ Personal & professional development, Life coaching and Management consultancy but specialising in Compassionate, confidential, integrative counselling/psychotherapy with a strong foundation in Person-centred Counselling, integrative listening care may also involve certain aspects of Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Reality Therapy with Choice Theory, REBT and NLP which may be introduced if it becomes clear that they are most appropriate for helping with the unique needs of an individual client. Every client and every problem is unique so I do not follow the theory that one size fits all!
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Therapeutic Counselling), 2014;
BSc Hons (First Class) in Counselling and Social Policy, 2000.
I work with adults, couples, older adults, groups and young people 16+. I have worked with children but am not a specialist and prefer to encourage parents/enquirers to look for a Counsellor who specialises in working with children. However, when I have done so, I have usually used art to initially help them to express themselves.
Wide experience in confidential private counselling as well as in GP practice. -
Emotional, Physical and sexual abuse, ADD/ADHD, Addiction(s), Adoption issues, Anger Management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bi-polar, Business Coaching, Career Coaching, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Therapy, Confidence, Depression, Eating disorders, Executive Coaching, General counselling, Health related issues, Historic abuse, Identity problems, Life coaching, Loss, Marriage Guidance, OCD, Pastoral care, PTSD, Phobias, Psychosomatic illness, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, self-harm, service veterans, sex related issues, spirituality, stress, trauma, women's issues, work related pressure.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have taught Psychology and Introduction to Counselling skills in university and further education colleges.
Also light-hearted talks and interactive seminars for local community groups on -
Introduction to Counselling skills
Relationship recovery challenges - beginning life again
Mind over plate ~ Psychological insights into eating/weight.
Insight into how other people think!
Whose 'norm' is it anyway?!
Keys to beating depression
I am also a registered member of ACC - The Association of Christian Counsellors and can offer pastoral counselling for people of faith or (by request) those of other faiths or none at all.
I was previously a CRUSE Bereavement Volunteer in my spare (!) time.
Also - corporate trainings undertaken
Concessions offered for
£50:00 for a 1 hour consultation for one person
£60:00 for a 1 hour initial couple session for two people together. Thereafter £30 each for individual sessions whilst addressing each partners issues separately. We then meet all together again.
However, if you are having financial struggles please let me know as concessions are available.
With proof of low income an affordable rate can be arranged.
Please contact me.
When I work
I generally see people between 10am - 6pm but occasionally an evening appointment can be made. However, as these are in high demand they are few and far between!
Talking therapies have been proven highly effective in helping people through challenging times in their lives.