How counselling can help
If you're feeling anxious, unhappy, overwhelmed or stuck with some aspect of your life counselling can help. As a Person-Centred Therapist I believe that everyone has the ability to develop towards their full potential but this can be blocked by negative life experiences which can affect our sense of value. I offer a safe, caring and confidential environment in which to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours and will support you in a non judgemental way to find a way forward. Person-Centred therapy is particularly suited to those wanting to explore their feelings or address a particular psychological habit or pattern of thinking.
When am I available
I try to be flexible with my availability and can usually offer some evening appointments. However, I have teaching commitments on a counselling degree programme so am currently unavailable Monday-Wednesday.
What to expect in your first session
Initially we would have a brief phone consultation to find out what you hope to gain from counselling. This gives us chance to figure out if I would be the right counsellor for you, and for you to ask any questions you have. We would then meet for 50 minute weekly, or fortnightly, sessions in my therapy room in Horwich. Your first session would include an initial assessment of your needs and the following sessions will be based on the outcome of this.
There is free on-street parking directly outside and a large, free car park within 5 minutes walk. I am also easily accessible from both Chorley New Road and Chorley Old Road which are major bus routes. Unfortunately there are stairs up to my room. If you have any mobility issues to please get in touch to discuss other possible arrangements.
Walk and Talk Therapy
I also offer 'walk and talk' therapy for those who like to be outside or are apprehensive about sitting eye to eye with a counsellor. Instead of sitting in front of your counsellor in a traditional therapy room, the counselling session takes place outdoors walking side by side. For more information see www.positivestepscounselling.co.uk or get on touch. Sessions take place in the Rivington area.
I believe life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. My aim is to enable people to live better, happier and more fulfilling lives. If you have any questions, or just want to chat about whether therapy might be right for you, please get in touch; you are not committed in any way by doing so. I understand that reaching out for help can be scary and so guarantee a warm welcome and a safe space awaits you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been in practice for 9 years and have experience working with many issues. For example:
Abuse (emotional, Physical, Domestic), Anger, Anxiety and Depression, Bereavement And Loss, Bullying, Divorce, Family Dynamics, Identity Issues, Infidelity, Infertility And Its Emotional Impact, Panic, Post Natal Depression, Relationship Problems, Stress (including work related), Trauma, Panic attacks, Relationship Problems, Post Natal Depression and Low Self-confidence and Self-Worth.
In addition to working in private practice I teach on a counselling degree programme.
ASSIST Suicide Prevention
PG Diploma in Person Centred Therapy
Level 3 working theraputically with children and young people
PGCE in Further Education
BA Hons in English and Cultural Studies
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am trained to work with infant loss and am on the register at the infant loss foundation.
Initial Telephone consultation (20 minutes) FREE
face-to-face counselling session (50 minutes) £45
Skype or telephone counselling (50 minutes) £45
Walk and Talk counselling (50 Minutes) £45
*There is no pressure, at any time, to commit to a certain number of sessions. You are free to start, and stop, therapy whenever you wish.