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About me

My approach works hard to understand the many layers of your life that maybe causing tension, distress or suffering.  This includes the relationship with yourself and others so you can identify the choice points within these struggles.  Essentially, it is a chance to slow things down, to focus on what matters to you and from there make changes. I offer goal orientated therapy, which is access to professional support at a time when anxiety, stress, panic, depression, grief and/or low self-esteem may feel amplified or when your usual coping strategies just aren't enough.

I know that making the first step and seeking help can be daunting but working with the right counsellor can be transformative.

If any of the list below strikes a chord, then the talking therapy I offer could work for you.

Life feels like a constant struggle and you feel stuck
You feel alone and on a different wavelength to others
The present moment is lost, and you feel distracted by unresolved issues and feelings linked to the past
The record is stuck and there is endless mind chatter causing tension
You can not put your finger on what is wrong, but you know that you are not where you want to be in life
Unhealthy patterns of behaviour leave you ashamed and knocked off course.

If the answer is yes to any of these, I offer you the chance to explore with me the thoughts, feelings and behaviours at the root of the issue. With me, you get a warm, supportive, professional service and and a space to express yourself. Together, we will work at your pace to identify where you want to be and what will help you get there.

The first step is to get in touch over email or on the phone and from there we can look into how I can help.  I aim to respond to all messages quickly (within 24 hours) and there is no obligation to book an appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working in many different settings with a diverse range of people and issues at various life stages. I have offered counselling as a group as well as 1-1 in private practice and the charity sector.

My background covers many years working within a corporate environment for multinational companies which means I have many reference points for work related stress, anxiety and depression. As well as an awareness of the how it shapes identity and the tensions that can arise from the complex relationship systems with management, colleagues, friends and family.

I frequently work with loss.  This can be related to death including by suicide and bereavement or the choices and trade off's in life that we would not choose for ourselves and happen often against our will.

I have a keen interest in working with those who have been affected by alcohol and/or drugs or issues relating to either of these areas.  This includes living with family members with addictions. I use my knowledge and experience from recovery counselling to support the multiple aspects of change and moving towards a better life.

Qualifications and Training.

MSC/PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training)- University of Salford

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

●     Race, Culture and Anti-Discriminatory Practice.  Core competency for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health professionals.  The Antidiscrimination Focus (TADF).

●       Providing Counselling Using Telephone or Video Call – University of Salford

  • A study in Trauma and Somatic Memory Workshop – Dr Janina Fisher (Confer)

●       Working online at Psychological Depth: A Critical Approach Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities - Dr Aaron Balick (Confer)

●       Working with suicide with Andrew Reeves

●       Existential Therapy with Mick Cooper

●       Bringing coaching into your counselling practice - BACP

●       Transactional Analysis 101  - University of Salford

●       Trauma, The Brain, and Recovery - Mindbody Breakthrough

●       Minding the Gaps (Mindfulness)  - University of Salford

●       Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice – BACP

●       Working with Mental Health in the Workplace – BACP

●       Facilitating Self Help Groups – GMMH NHS

  • Recovery star - GMMH NHS

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Some find it useful to meet before committing to therapy.  If this would helpful a free 30-minute online session can be arranged.  The relationship is key to successful therapy therefore, I encourage everyone looking to find a therapist they feel they could trust and and open up to. 

I have a limited number of discounted client spaces for people that would like to access therapy but find the price a barrier.  Must be available to meet between 9.30 and 1.30.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday face-to-face sessions available in the day time.

Online sessions available evenings Monday to Wednesday.

Further information

For those that wish to meet in person my therapy room is located just outside of Manchester city centre and close to the University of Salford.  There are free car parking and a cafe on the premises.

Social Adventures Ltd, 1 St. Philips Place, Salford, Greater Manchester, M3 6FA

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The building and my office are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

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