I am a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist and have 17 years experience of working with individuals and couples. I work from rooms both in Central Manchester and in Rochdale. I have helped individuals obtain relief from a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, trauma and abuse. For couples I provide a safe space in which both partners are heard and respected, which enables them to work through their differences and reach a resolution.
I am used to working in a time-limited way with clients and have helped many people resolve, in four or six sessions, issues that have tormented them and blighted their lives for years.
The corner stone of my work is genuine respect and empathy for my clients. This enables us rapidly to form a close therapeutic alliance and find a solution to their difficulties in the shortest possible time.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a Person-Centred counsellor and hold a Diploma in Counselling;
I also trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing model of psychotherapy and have an EMDRIA authorised Certificate;
as a Further Education teacher and have a Professional Diploma in Education;
and I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
BACP accreditation means my knowledge, experience and skill have been endorsed by a leading UK professional counselling body. To keep that accreditation, I am required to embrace the BACP ethical standards in my practice, have monthly clinical supervision and show evidence that I continue to develop my professional knowledge and proficiency.
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.
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
Initial telephone discussions are free of charge. These, enable you to get information about my services and to schedule an initial appointment.
Payment of my professional fee is due at the start of each appointment, unless my fees are covered by your private health insurance. If payment is to be made under a health insurance policy, this must be agreed in advance of our first appointment.
Appointments can be cancelled up to 24 hours before they are due to take place. If you cancel at short notice or do not attend an appointment, the full fee is payable.
My fees, depending on the venue are £65 or £75 per 50 minute appointment.
Some therapies require a 90 minute appointment and they are charged at 1½ times the 50 minute rate.
If you have been in therapy before and that experience did not resolve your issues, you should bear in mind that psychotherapy is a name for a very diverse range of theoretical models and treatment approaches, and individual psychotherapists apply the model and method in which they are trained in their own personal way.
Some people's issues may be susceptible to almost any model or approach, whereas others need a particular method that not all therapists use.
I am trained in a number of models and approaches and try to tailor the treatment I offer to your particular needs, rather than to expecting your need to be susceptible to a single treatment approach.
If you have long-standing issues, especially if you have experienced several episodes of therapy, the issues may be susceptible to an approach such as EMDR, which research has shown to be capable of resolving problems that had previously been treatment-resistant.
Lastly, because of my experience of life and the length of my clinical practice, I can bring a wider understanding to what brings you into therapy and sometimes see it from a different perspective.