How do you choose the right counsellor for you? There are so many of us out there! I offer a free, no-obligation half-hour assessment where you can decide if you can work with me and I can use my professional judgement to assess if I am the right person to help you. If not, I can generally refer you to somebody who can.
During the assessment, you can outline your main concerns and what you hope to achieve from counselling. I will tell you what you can expect from me and the counselling process and I will carry out a basic assessment of your current mental health to ensure you don't need more specialist help. As I am an experienced counsellor with the mental health charity MIND, I am particularly experienced in dealing with anxiety disorders, depression and stress.
I have a safe, secure counselling room in Manchester city centre where I can provide non-judgemental, confidential counselling therapy. You may be looking for short-term solution-focused therapy to fix a specific problem you have become stuck with, or you may be looking for a more open-ended approach to make sense of your past. You may not know! But I have experience of both and can help you work out what you need.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified, experienced integrative counsellor, which means I can adopt approaches and techniques specifically tailored to your needs. Before I went into counselling, I worked for many years in a stressful job for a financial institute in the city centre. It wasn’t the right job for me but I do understand the pressures involved. Since qualifying, I have worked for the charity MIND and have a broad experience of mental health issues.
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
My fees are from £45 per hour payable by bank transfer in advance or cash on the day whichever you prefer. I offer a free initial consultation and have a limited number of reduced fee spaces at £30 per hour for people on benefits or very low income and students.
It is best to contact me initially by email or text; I will not be able to answer my phone if I am with a client so don’t be disappointed to reach my voicemail. Whatever you choose, I will get back to you as soon as I can.