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BSc Psych (Hons) MBPsS Dip.Couns Dip.Couples Couns Reg MBACP

About me

Come and talk to me about anything you want to and I know you will feel safe and at ease straight away.

I like people to feel comfortable in the sessions so they feel that they can talk, so I hope that this comes across in your first session. You may be in a difficult place or crossroads and there may be decisions or choices that need exploring to help you move forward, away from the pain or challenge and to find answers. I am committed to walking with you on your journey.

I am a qualified, experienced and.. very human.. therapeutic counsellor, working to a high standard. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, graduate member of the British Psychological Society and accredited registrant of the National Counselling Society and work according to their regulations and guidelines for good ethical practice.

I work with individuals and couples both online and face to face through my private practice Counselling Choices. 

My approach is integrative which means that I sometimes use different approaches such as CBT, according to what the client's needs are, but it is also mainly person-centred and this means my commitment to you is that you will be accepted not judged and I will be totally genuine with you often giving you feedback on your journey but without directing or advising you. It's about finding what works for you individually. I'm ready to do the journey with you.

 offer face to face sessions in my private therapy room, or telephone sessions. I work with individuals, couples and families.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications:

BSc Psych (Hons) (BPS accredited)

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

L4 Diploma in Couples and Relationship Counselling (U&I Counselling)

L3 Certificate in Life Coaching

Couples Counselling (The Counselling Academy)

Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (The Mankind Initiative & CPD Standards Office)

Transactional Analysis

'Transitioner’ Counselling Training for Voyager Project (Age Connect)

Volunteering and Community Engagement (ALW)

Telephone Counselling Training (Cruse)

Endings, Evaluations and Outcomes (Cruse)

Creative Journaling (Cruse)

Solution Focused Therapy (Cruse)

Helping Bereaved Children and Young People (Cruse)

Dementia Awareness Training (Cruse)

Photography as a Therapeutic Tool (Experiential Workshop)

Safeguarding Training (Cruse)

Sudden and Traumatic Death (Cruse)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Cruse)

Neuro Linguistic Programming (Cruse)

Responding to Disclosures; Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence; Equality and Diversity; Demystifying Child Sexual Exploitation; Impact of Childhood Sexual Violence; Safeguarding Children; Safeguarding Adults; Suicide (RASA-Rape and Sexual Abuse)

Theories and Skills of Family Therapy (WEA)

Awareness in Bereavement Care (Cruse/Ascentis)

Sand and Art Therapy (Experiential Workshop)

Bereavement Counselling (WEA)

Counselling Adolescents (WEA)

Counselling Skills (WEA)

TEFL (Teaching English) (I-to-I Learning)

Counselling for Teachers (Community Help Service Brussels)

Professional Registration & Membership:

Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society
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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Stress and Anxiety

Bereavement

I have a special interest in Life Transitions, Life Decisions and in Relationship Difficulties

Photos & videos

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fee for Individual Counselling is £45 per session.

My fee for Couples Counselling is £60 per session.

Life coaching is available at a rate of £45 per session.

I also offer concessions for individual counselling based on circumstances.

My fee for Individual Online Video Conferencing is £45 per session.

My fee for Couples Online Video Conferencing is £60 per session.

My fee for Online E-Mail Counselling is £50 for one therapeutic e-mail written over an hour (BACP therapeutic hour) or £275 for a group of 6 therapeutic e-mails.

My fee for Telephone Counselling is £45 per session.

I also offer concessions based on circumstances.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Availability for Sessions:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, afternoons & evenings.

Further information

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, specialising in Cognitive Psychology, Child Psychology and Social Psychology, my diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and hold certificates including Theories and Skills of Family Therapy, Counselling Adolescents, Bereavement Counselling, Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse, Solution Focused Therapy and others. As well as running my own private practice, I have also worked with Cruse Bereavement Services and with Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter. I have experience working with a wide range of issues including relationship difficulties, depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, family issues, sexual abuse and bereavement.

Whilst my approach is integrative, drawing from different theories according to the needs of individual clients, including Person Centred theory, Psychodynamic theory, Transactional Analysis, and CBT, some clients prefer a more structured approach for specific goals they would like to work towards in their life. This Solution Focused or Brief Therapy method is sometimes included in the way I work with certain clients in my counselling practice, when appropriate as well as with couples. Additionally, as a fully qualified life coach, I also offer life coaching as another separate service.

I take referrals from:

  • Individuals & couples.
  • Doctors.
  • Employee assistance programmes.
  • National Health Service.
  • Agencies & charities.
  • Schools & colleges.

Great Western House, The Sidings, Boundary Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 8RD

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Free carpark belonging to building at Great Western House, Chester.

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