You will always be the one who knows the most about you. My work is to provide a confidential, compassionate, and perceptive presence to allow for the deepening of a relationship with yourself. Therapy provides an opportunity for self-discovery and personal growth that can include a chance to help heal from grief or trauma, find greater strength, improve relationships, and feel happier and more authentically yourself.
If you are feeling low, sad, helpless, hopeless, angry, unheard, overwhelmed, confused (and the list can and does go on) - whatever you are struggling with, there is potential for relief. I have helped many clients discover deeper internal resources, greater self-acceptance, and the capacity to make meaningful changes in relationships and living circumstances, even if they could not, at first, see the possibilities. These life changes were brought about naturally through changes from within.
Therapy can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding, and sometimes even fun. Within my practice I offer an opportunity for you to use creative expression, if you choose. Examples of material we might discuss or examine could include dreams, creative writing, artwork, photographs, metaphors, stories, or even your imagined experiences from short meditations. All of these can allow you to access new visions of your life. None of them are required, however. It is equally as helpful, if it is better for you, that we simply speak together about things.
At the heart of my practice is a prizing of the individual, an acceptance of and respect for the path that is right for you. This path is unique for each person. I firmly believe that each of us, given enough support and care, can grow into our happiest, best selves, and find at least some healing and solace, even through very difficult times. I truly feel that it is never too late to learn and grow inside oneself, or too late to heal something, at the very least within one's own heart.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified, with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have years of additional training and practice in complementary therapies. I am insured and a member of the BACP, adhering to their ethical guidelines. I have experience counselling individuals at a university counselling service and a domestic abuse and community centre as well as currently being employed by an NHS provider. I can work with you in short or long term therapy.
In addition to individual counselling I also co-facilitate weekend retreats.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I believe in working with the whole person, so I don't list here that I work with 'personality disorders' (I work with people). However, if you have been diagnosed with a personality disorder and would like to work within this framework I am capable of doing so.
Free initial 1/2 hour consultation, to explore whether counselling is right for you.
Following initial consultation, my fee for a one hour individual counselling session is £35 in my home office near Ruthin and £40 for a home visit covering North Wales, Chester, and Wirral.
In cases of hardship fees for home office visits are negotiable.
Sessions take place either in your residence in Wirral, Chester, and North Wales, or in my home office near Ruthin. Rates vary according to location
Reasons I believe private counselling is worthwhile:
You can see a counsellor almost immediately
You have a choice of appointment times
You may if you wish extend your counselling beyond allotted sessions
You only need to inform those you wish to
The choice of therapist and type of therapy is up to you
You can feel free to discuss any issue
Reasons I believe I am good choice as a private counsellor:
I am very empathetic and non-judgmental.
My counselling room is a welcoming, comfortable, and private.
I schedule my appointments so that you may come straight in to meet with me.
I genuinely believe that life can get better.
I also genuinely want to see you feeling happier and more fulfilled in a way that is appropriate for you.