I have a calm temperament and many years of training and counselling experience. I have particular expertise in Bereavement, Loss and life transitions: for example; adolescence, mid life and the end of life and how these impact on personal identity. Other specialities include work stress and resilience. I believe that our social situation and context have a direct impact on how resourceful we feel, as we are affected by our environment - which can feel nurturing or limiting of our potential.
I use CBT, Person-centred, Psychodynamic and Gestalt counselling theory and concepts in my practice as an integrative therapist. I also work as a Trainer and have worked with groups of staff, volunteers, and carers.
My aim is to try and help you make sense of your experiences. Whether issues from childhood or your current situation are bothering you, I believe that being listened to in a confidential space can enable you to find your own answers. I will strive to understand your perspective and offer my own reactions so that we can work together to find alternatives.
I have recently started to offer telephone or zoom well-being sessions of 30 minutes in response to the trauma, uncertainty and devastation that Covid-19 has brought. These are dark and difficult times for us all. Economic uncertainty can have a serious impact on Mental Health and my training as a Social Worker helps me to understand the connection between social factors and psychological well-being.
Next steps if you would like to make contact with me
Please do call or email me if you want to arrange to see me for a free session. When we meet I will ask you what has made you think about counselling and explain how I think I can help.
If you want to go ahead, we will then agree on how often we will meet (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) and I will ask you to sign a contract which I will explain verbally. I will frequently ask you if coming to counselling is helping and making a difference as this is what I hope will happen during our sessions together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications
- My core professional training is as a Social Worker. I qualified with a CQSW in 1992. I am currently also registered as an Independent Social Worker with Social Work England.
- I have a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Leeds University (2000)
- I have completed a course in Group Psychotherapy (in 2001)
- Whilst working in Palliative Care, I have been on many training courses related to this field.
- I have training in Gestalt counselling and therapy - both with individuals and groups.
- I have clinical supervision training.
- I use gestalt concepts when working with organisations and have training in Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG from Relational Change)
- I am a qualified Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist.
I have worked in a Mental Health Day Service, Therapeutic Community, Community Mental Health Team, Hospice, Agricultural college and local Bereavement Charity. I have counselled people when they have been in crisis and when facing difficult life situations. As an integrative counsellor, I use theory to help me respond to every person I meet individually.
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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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 am a specialist in bereavement and loss.
I offer reflective practice sessions, coaching and supervision for other therapists
I offer consultancy to organisations, using gestalt concepts (Relational Organisational Gestalt).
I work in collaboration with others and offer equine based activities.
Concessions offered for
My fees are £40 for 50 minute sessions of room-based counselling or 60 minutes of telephone counselling and £60 for individual equine therapy sessions.
With Covid-19 impacting on all of us, I have introduced a 30 minute "well-being session", where there is the opportunity to discuss how you are being supported, as well as anxieties, health fears and any losses you are experiencing. This costs £20.
I offer a free initial session as this is the opportunity for us to decide whether we can work together and I am the right counsellor for you.
I welcome all clients, from many different backgrounds.
I have a cancellation policy. Please refer to my website for more information about this and also my counselling contract.
Mondays - 4pm, Tuesdays 9.30am until 5pm, Wednesday 12.30pm until 4.30pm, Thursday - 10am until 2pm.
Evening appts Monday - 7pm, Tuesday - 7pm, Thursday - 5.30pm
I am interested in what makes an organisation or team function well. Strengthening communities and social connection is an area I am currently working with others to develop.
I am a Practice Educator in Social Work and offer supervision and coaching to other social workers.
I am a guest Lecturer at Staffordshire University.
I run training and support workshops in:
- Bereavement and Loss
- Women's Health - including coping with the Menopause
- Resilience and Self-Care
- Mental Health Awareness
- Healthy Teams and Organisations
- An Introduction to Equine Therapy