I am a reliable, attentive and dedicated counsellor / therapist with over 7 years clinical experience in a range of professional settings (including an NHS provider, a GP surgery, several charities and a private counselling firm). We all come to counselling with different ideas and expectations of what we would like, want and need. I aim to not only meet, but surpass your expectations of counselling by working in a flexible way that is not simply derived from textbooks and routinely applied, but in one that emerges out the unique way you and I relate to each-other, resulting in a counselling experience that is both methodologically sound and authentic, but (most importantly) still very 'you'.
Whilst I bring an expertise in therapeutic concepts and relevant psychological theory, I am not the expert on you. It is through balanced collaboration that therapy is successful and I put you, the client, at the centre of all I do in session, being genuinely invested in your well-being and dependent upon your honest reflections to guide the process.
I have worked very successfully with hundreds of clients from a wide range of backgrounds. I am highly competent in working with a variety of common presenting issues including, but not limited to; anxiety (generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder), depression (low mood / feeling sad), stress, addiction, grief, self-esteem, phobias, relationship issues, abuse, self-harm, trauma and eating disorders. I work integratively to draw on conceptual frameworks from a number of theoretical bases including; person-centred, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), transactional analysis, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and attachment theory.
To find out more please call or text 07736 505 709 to book a free 30 minute consultation (tel / skype / IM). The consultation will be a chance for me to introduce myself and help you share a little about what has brought you to counselling. I will also be able to answer any questions you might have. From this point the 2 of us can have a discussion about if / how counselling might be able to help you before you decide whether or not to book your first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified at The University of Manchester to Masters level (with distinction) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and hold a 1st Class Honours undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham. I have also consistently engaged in further training and development opportunities which has included specialist training in; anxiety, grief, personality disorder, trauma, sexual abuse and eating disorders amongst others.
In addition to private practice I am employed as a Senior Psychological Therapist for an NHS provider, Mental Health & Well-Being Manager for a Manchester-based youth charity, Counselling Clinical Lead for a London-based counselling service, as well as associate roles in counselling for both both a national charity and a private counselling firm. In all my work I have established a reputation for dedicated and flexible work and excellent outcomes. Across my roles I provide supervision to trainees, group / 1:1 clinical supervision, facilitate several monthly support groups, and design and deliver ad-hoc psycho-educational workshops to staff and service users alike.
I hold a BPS accredited qualification in clinical supervision and provide both group and 1:1 clinical supervision as well psycho-educational workshops for a local youth charity.
I am a registered member of the BACP, with whom I have been published, and I am about to apply for accreditation status which I have every reason to believe will be accepted.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation (30 mins) by telephone / skype / instant messaging - free of charge
Counselling sessions - £40 (Manchester centre M4) or £47 (Stockport SK2)