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PGdip, BA(HONS), MBACP

About me

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I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working in accordance with the Ethical Framework.

I offer a confidential, empathic, and welcoming counselling experience, working alongside you at your pace. I work from a person centred theoretical base, with an integrative approach, that draws upon a range of counselling theories and resources to suit your needs.

How can counselling help?

The process of counselling can help us recover from ongoing distress, sadness and anxiety to move us forward during those difficult, challenging times and life changes; it enables us to reconnect with ourselves; leads to greater self awareness; assists us in reaching our potential, helping us to cope generally and maintain our emotional, physical and spiritual wellness

I currently have availability for Counselling Online (Zoom and Whatsapp) or Telephone Counselling and in person Walk and Talk sessions that take place outdoors in parks and green spaces around Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire:

What is Walk and Talk therapy?

Walk and Talk Therapy is as it sounds - a combination of counselling and walking that takes place, outside of the traditional counselling room, in a park, nature reserve, woodland or greenspace.

The client and counsellor walk side by side:

Physically it will deliver more oxygen into our bodies and raise serotonin levels in the brain, regulate our blood pressure and strengthen our bones, increase our fitness and energy levels, build and tone lean muscle, prevent muscle loss, boost our immune system and improve our stamina and lung capacity.

Mindfully, being in nature encourages us to be in the moment, to move forward, to breathe deeply, to notice, to accept, to listen and to connect to our inner selves and the world around us. It is a multi-sensory experience that enables us to initiate greater self-awareness. Allowing us to take a break from the busy, overwhelming and mundane aspects of our lives and begin to find some peace for ourselves.

Combining walking in nature with counselling offers clients the opportunity to express difficult issues and personal stories with the counsellor by their side, accompanying them on the actual and metaphorical journey through the landscape of the walk and talk session. It is a helpful therapy for clients who may be dealing with; longstanding issues, adjusting to loss and big life changes, feeling low in confidence, stuck, isolated, anxious or depressed.

The planning and preparation for the Walk and Talk sessions takes place over the phone or in the therapy room where the practical concerns are addressed by the counsellor and client together.

If you would like to chat about how we might work together I would be glad to hear from you - do get in touch via email or telephone. If I miss your call please leave a message and I will get back to you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Staffordshire University
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art – Staffordshire University
  • University Certificate in Counselling Skills – Staffordshire University
  • Certificate in Basic Counselling Skills – Staffordshire University
  • Certificate in Developing Approaches to Creative Consultation – Staffordshire University
  • Certificate in Developing Arts for Health – Staffordshire University

Training and CPD:

I am committed to ongoing CPD and personal development via workplace and other training opportunities, please see below for some of the training I have completed:

  • Mindfulness Practice (2020)
  • Who's In Charge - Child to Parent Abuse - Facilitator Training (2021)
  • Working with Eating Disorders (2022)
  • Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2022)
  • Domestic Abuse Homicide Timeline Training (2022)
  • Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (2020)
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness - Adults and Children (2021)
  • I Matter Programme Facilitator Training (2020)
  • Working with Attachment Styles and Relationships (2018)
  • Approaches to working with Addiction (2018)
  • Kinesiology and Self Awareness (2018)
  • Working with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse (2021)
  • Data Protection (2021)
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace (2017)
  • Working with Bereavement, Loss and Grief (2016)
  • Mental Health First Aid (2014)
  • Disability Awareness (2014)
  • Dementia Awareness (2015)
  • Sex and Relationship Education (2015)

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£35.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free initial 30 minute telephone or online consultation session

1 hour Counselling session £35.00

1 hour Walk and Talk session £35.00

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work for a national charity Monday to Thursday daytimes so my availability is limited by this but please do contact me to discuss scheduling sessions to suit your requirements.

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom