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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am passionate about my work with all clients, but have a particular interest in men's mental health. 

I understand that many men still don't think counselling is for them. But, I know from experience that when my clients begin to feel understood and valued they are often able to think differently about how they see themselves, how they feel and behave, and ultimately the sense of meaning and purpose they find in their lives.

Further down this page, there's a list of issues with which I may be able to help you, but the issues you want to explore might not fit neatly into any of those descriptions. So feel free to get in touch with me, ask any questions about my experience and how counselling might work for you.

I offer face-to-face counselling in a Covid-secure environment. Do contact me if you would like to discuss (updated 15.03.2022).

Working together

I work face-to-face with adults over the age of 18 at my discreet consulting room in Heswall (Pensby Road).

Whilst I normally charge £50 per session, concessionary rates will be considered.

Finding the right counsellor or therapist might seem daunting; there's a huge range of services and individuals offering different kinds of counselling or therapy. That's why I suggest we speak on the telephone before we meet so that you can ask any questions you may have. The call also gives us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to each other and to explore how we might work together.

My Background

I haven't always been a counsellor. I began my training in 2015 and am now an Accredited BACP counsellor. I have worked on a dairy farm, packed cheese on a production line, been a chartered surveyor and director of a marketing business. I bring life experience to my counselling work but the focus of my attention is always on my clients and their lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor – MBACP(Accred) – and hold an MA in Clinical Counselling from the University of Chester.

I am committed to BACP's requirements for ongoing learning and reflection. I regularly attend training sessions and seminars to keep up-to-date with latest ways of working with clients’ complex needs.

I have undertaken training with Gendered Intelligence (GI), and am currently studying with Pink Therapy, to enable me to offer sensitive and appropriate counselling services to trans, gender diverse and questioning people – and their partners and families. I share GI's vision "of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

men's issues

Prescription medication dependency and withdrawal.

boarding school 'syndrome'

Quarter (millennial) and mid-life crises and transitions

counselling for trans, gender diverse and questioning people

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are £50 per 60 minute session. Longer or shorter session lengths can be offered for a fee to be agreed.

When I work

Usually some availability weekdays 8am to 7pm.

Please refer to Covid-19 updated statement below.

Further information

Alongside my private counselling work, I spent five years with a counselling charity in Liverpool city centre which gave me a broad experience of working with 18-80 year old clients with diverse counselling needs.

I haven't always been a counsellor: I have worked on a farm, been a business owner and volunteered in criminal justice settings.

My pronouns are he, him, his

Pensby, Wirral, CH61

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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