What I can offer
I recognise that in looking for a counsellor you have taken the most difficult first step. I am a person centered counsellor and I can offer you a safe, confidential space in which you can talk about and explore the things that are troubling you. I believe the therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor is key to the counselling process and I will strive to walk with you and support you as you work through your problems. It is not my place to give you advice or judge you, but to assist you in finding your own unique way of managing or changing a situation. I offer a free 30 minute consultation for us to explore whether we can work together and I am happy to discuss any questions you have regarding counselling over the phone or by email.
How Counselling can help
There are traumatic times in our lives when our normal coping strategies fail us, when situations overwhelm us, perhaps a bereavement, losing a job, relationship breakdown, change in circumstances, and we need help to make sense of it. It may be that we notice we are going round the same cycle over and over and wonder how it happens, that we become anxious or depressed and demotivated. Counselling can help us to get a new perspective and to find our own way forward.
Alternatively it may be that you have found time to devote to personal development and growth and there are issues you wish to clarify or discuss.
I have over 30 years experience in the NHS as a qualified nurse, midwife and doctor. I have also served in the Armed Forces including the first Gulf War and worked in the voluntary sector in the UK and Liberia. I have specialist experience in stillbirth, pregnancy loss and postnatal depression and a particular interest in recovery from trauma. My interest in the people behind the illnesses or problems during my career led me to the study of counselling and psychotherapy.
How I work
I usually work face-to-face with adults, however during the Covid 19 pandemic I am working via video call. I will not return to face to face before June 2022.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Certificate in Counselling University of Salford
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training) University of Salford
Transactional Analysis 101 course
Minding the gaps clinical mindfulness research and practice conference
State Registered Nurse Manchester Royal infirmary
State Certified Midwife Blackpool Victoria Hospital
MBChB (Hons) University of Liverpool
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£45.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
The fee is £45 per hour
There are limited places available to those on low-income, or students, at discounted rates, please contact me to discuss the details.
I work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). In accordance with this my practice is supervised. I will therefore share the contents of some of our sessions with my supervisor but not your details. This also means that there are certain circumstances when it may be necessary for me to breach confidentiality by talking to other professionals in order to comply with legal, professional or ethical requirements. I would always discuss this with you first.
I am fully insured and have a current enhanced DBS certificate.
I am on the voluntary accredited BACP Register Number 378756