Hello there! I've been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist since 2010. In 2017 I trained in EMDR trauma therapy, specialising in working with trauma, including childhood experience of abuse. I'm am also very experienced in helping people deal with anxiety, depression and bereavement.
What is important in my work?
- providing a safe and supportive environment for dealing with personal challenges,
- building a warm and trusting relationship,
- offering various ways of working - within my training - because different people and problems benefit from different approaches.
In the past I have worked for an NHS counselling service, four charities and in private practice. This has given me a lot of experience of supporting people with various life challenges.
Currently I provide counselling for young people at 42nd Street, a well-respected Greater Manchester charity. I also offer sessions in my Glossop-based private practice for people of all ages.
In early 2017 I completed the standard training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy and obtained accreditation with the EMDR Association UK in 2019.
My Advanced Certificate in Counselling for Depression enables me to offer an emotion-focused approach that works well not only for depression but for many other issues rooted in suppressed or unacknowledged feelings. This way of working is IAPT-compliant, which means it has been proven to be effective in studies and is approved for use in the NHS.
How to get started
Informal enquiries by phone or email are welcome. I feel it's really important you find the right counsellor, so I offer a free 30 minutes face-to-face, video or telephone consultation, to help you decide.
Please have a look at my website www.growingwell.uk for more information, including testimonials from former clients.
"The unexamined life is not worth living." (Socrates)
"The unlived life is not worth examining." (Sheldon Kopp)
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling/ psychotherapy qualifications & registrations
- Advanced Certificate in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression, University of Central Lancashire, 2019
- EMDR Association UK Accreditation, 2019
- EMDR Therapy Training, EMDR Masterclass, 2017
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapy based on the brain's innate ability to process and assimilate difficult experiences. It is especially helpful when we have become stuck with the emotional impact of (major or minor) traumatic experiences in the past.
MA Counselling, University of Manchester, 2012
My research dissertation gained a distinction and lead to a published article in Therapy Today (see Publications page for further details).
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, University of Manchester, 2011
This is a BACP-accredited professional qualification in integrative counselling.
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, PCCS Training, 2009
Preliminary qualification in person-centred counselling.
BACP membership and registration
The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy is one of the main professional bodies for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK. It provides an Ethical Framework for Good Practice for practitioners.
Numerous shorter training courses in different therapeutic approaches, including:
- Transactional Analysis (TA) 101
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Working with Groups
- Gestalt Therapy
Also specialised training on particular life issues, including loss, bereavement, trauma and domestic abuse.
Taking part in personal development workshops, therapy groups and retreats enables me to continually work on my own development and self-awareness. I engage in two separate sets of supervision for counselling / talking therapy and EMDR every month.
Other qualifications of interest
- Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, 2015
- Ascentis Level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Oldham College, 2012
- BA (Hons) English Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1992
I have always been fascinated by language and literature - stories and characters can help us to make sense of life and the world we live in.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
EMDR Association UK
The National Council of Psychotherapists
National Council of Psychotherapists
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£50 per talking therapy session (60 minutes)
£60 per EMDR session (60 to 75 minutes as needed)
There is a limited number of reduced-fee places for those on benefits or a low income.
To help you decide, I offer a free half-hour initial consultation (face-to-face, phone or Zoom video call).
Tue/ Thu/ Fri daytime
I have availability now, but currently all sessions are by video link due to the current Covid-19 measures. Thanks for understanding.