I offer a warm, positive, non-judgemental approach where we can explore your issues and help you to feel better.
I am currently offering face to face counselling; video counselling using Zoom and telephone counselling.
Engaging with therapy can feel daunting - it might be something you never imagined yourself doing. But if you are on this website, you have already taken the first big step in recognising that you need to talk to someone. That you need to start to look after yourself.
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who can help you with strategies to address and manage whatever difficulty you face.
For a number of years, I ran the counselling service for a large city council in Tyne and Wear. During that time, I counselled hundreds of clients with many different reasons for coming to therapy. I am certain that whatever it is that is troubling you, you are not the only one to have felt this way and talking to me will help.
Reasons why you might need help
Do you find yourself putting on a pretence to the outside world, acting as if you are OK: when in fact you are silently suffering, in a constant war with your thoughts and emotions. It might be that you long to escape your current life and go somewhere else....to get some time to find peace of mind. You may feel as though you have to be strong for others when in reality you are in need of help yourself. You might be constantly reliving a distressing time from your past.
The areas I can help you with include
- States of anxiety, stress, depression, no motivation
- Difficulties at work or in a relationship
- Unable to find a partner
- Feeling disconnected with yourself or loved ones
- Life changes such as a new baby, bereavement, a loss, an illness
- Feeling caught up in the same behaviour patterns but unable to break the cycle
- Feeling 'stuck' or 'trapped' or 'empty'
- Feeling held back due to experiences from your past
- Low confidence and self esteem
I am also a specialist experienced Workplace counsellor.
What you can expect from our sessions
I am conveniently based in Laurel House next to Northumberland Square in North Shields. I also have a second office, situated in a Victorian residence in Tynemouth. Both have free parking very nearby and excellent transport links.
I provide both short term (4-6 sessions) counselling and longer term more in-depth psychotherapy.
Knowing that you have a regular appointment - a space to offload and untangle anything that has arisen or has occupied your mind since our last session - can make a world of difference to relationships at home and at work.
I can help you to:
- Really express your inner most feelings of sadness, guilt, anger or fear
- Find ways to improve your sleep, your self-esteem, your anxious thoughts and panic, your burn-out, your low mood
- Work through long held memories and feelings relating to your past so that they are no longer as painful
- Gain courage and strategies to make different choices in your life
- Come to terms and find peace surrounding the loss of a loved one or the loss of an important hope for the future
- Manage stress and pressure in a more effective way
I also believe it is important to notice what strengths we do have and I encourage my clients to acknowledge their natural abilities. Many of us never look back at how far we have come and what we have achieved to get to where we are today.
Our sessions will be 1 hour in length and can be every week or every two weeks at a mutually agreed time.
My therapeutic approach
I work in a person-centred way so I will be closely guided by what you need from moment to moment and I will tailor your therapy to suit your individual needs.
You may have a specific aim for what you wish to achieve from therapy and together we will work towards this goal. However, it may be that you wish to simply explore why you don't feel 'right'.
Counselling Techniques that I may use to help you include:
- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) techniques
- Psycho-education information
- Self-help strategies
- Sand-tray therapy
- Guided imagery
- Attachment theory
- Transactional analysis therapy
We will discuss what you feel comfortable with during our first session.
I work in accordance with the Ethical Principles and Codes of Professional Conduct of the Northern Guild of Psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Main Professional Qualification:
Diploma with Distinction in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
Accredited Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
Member of the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy
Professional Counselling Experience:
For a number of years, I managed the Counselling function for Sunderland City Council. During that time I directly provided counselling to over 500 people working in education, social services and corporate departments. Before this, I worked as a psychotherapist at a Women's charity in Northumberland and also as a psychotherapist and counsellor within the NHS.
Other Qualifications include:
BSc (Hons) 1st Class, Leeds University
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £21 for the first initial assessment session.
Online and telephone sessions are £42 per session.
Face to face sessions are £42.
A block of four sessions paid for in advance attracts a 10% discount.
I work week days and can offer some weekend slots on request.
Once you have made contact via text, phone call or email, I will contact you and we can arrange a time to meet online, over the telephone or at one of my two offices. This will give you an opportunity to meet with me, discuss what you are looking for and ask as many questions as you need. This first session will last an hour and you will not be charged for the first 30 minutes.
If the relationship feels comfortable, we will decide on a course of action. This includes whether you wish to agree to a set number of sessions or whether you would like an open-ended contract.