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 or telephone. I have recently resumed face-to-face contact for those that want it and feel confident about meeting with me.
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 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
The fee is £40 per hour
There are limited places available to those on low-income, or students, at discounted rates, please contact me to discuss the details.
Concessions offered for
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