A little about me.
I first became interested in becoming a professional counsellor after beginning as a ‘listener’ at Blackpool Samaritans. I was overwhelmed by the huge value and power in just listening and being there in the most darkest of times. From this experience I then realised I wanted to help other people by using these skills and soon enrolled on a level 2 counselling course. I became sure that I had found my passion and my vocation and this quickly lead to me enrolling at university to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling at the University of Cumbria. I graduated in 2016 and have been practicing since 2014. I have been fortunate enough to work in numerous organisations, specifically specialising in sexual violence &historic sexual abuse, drug and alcohol recovery, the support of women and domestic violence and have also worked as a counsellor for students in a local university, often working with issues around anxiety, stress and depression.
I feel it is always a privilege when people find they can open up and trust me with some of their deepest fears, feelings of depression and anxieties and speak about traumas which may have been buried for years. The power of this is never lost on me.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and attend monthly supervision sessions to ensure I am giving the very best level of service to my clients.
What I offer.
I offer a one to one counselling session in a warm and cozy room within Windmill Pharmacy, Lytham. I also offer telephone and Online counselling for those who prefer contact this way.
It is a shame that we rarely have time in our busy lives to just stop and talk about ourselves and what may be troubling us in a non-judgmental, accepting environment. This is exactly what I hope to offer.
It is in this non - judgmental, confidential, warm and accepting environment that it is possible to explore and process feelings which may be painful, repressed or not fully understood. It is a way to help you find your own answers. It may be that you aren’t aware of any ‘problem’, it may be that something just feels different or not right.
We will work through these feelings together to help better understand and cope with them. We will work at your pace, I would never ask or encourage you to bring painful feelings or experiences in to the session if you felt you weren’t ready.
Training, qualifications & experience
HE Diploma in Counselling (Level 5) - Pass - 2016
University of Cumbria
Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts - Pass - 2013
Neuro- Linguistic Programming Foundation Diploma - 2019
INLPTA NLP Practitioner Certification
Working with Suicide & Self harm - July 2020
Couples and Relationship Counselling - Feb 2020
Person Centred Expressive Arts - June 2019
Working with Complex Trauma Phase 1 - March 2019
Introduction to Resilience therapy – Dec 2018
Domestic Violence – analysing the impact – Nov 2018
Domestic Violence Awareness – Nov 2018
Pre-Trial Therapy Training – Dec 2016
Assist Suicide Intervention - August 2015
Trans Awareness Training - Completed February 2016
Sexual Violence Information - Completed July 2014
Sexual Health and Blood Bourne Viruses Awareness and brief intervention for practitioners - Completed July 2014
Information Governance: The beginners Guide - Pass - 2015
Introduction to Information Governance - Pass - 2015
Patient Confidentiality - Pass - 2015
Secure Handling of Confidential Information - Pass - 2015
Care Act - Safeguarding duties and responsibilities - Pass - 2015
Samaritans in house training - Completed March 2012
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
It is important to find the right therapist, as the relationship is one key to a successful outcome. I therefore offer a free 20-30 minute session so you can decide if I am the right therapist for you. We will also discuss a little more about what you may be wanting out of the sessions and how I may be able to help. These sessions can be via telephone, face to face or on-line
If you decide that you would like to work with me then my fee will be 35 pounds per hour.
More information can be found on my Windmill Counselling page on Facebook