I am a Counsellor and supervisor with 20 years of experience working in primary care in the NHS, and 6 years in private practice.
I am now providing private confidential appointments in north Northumberland.
I have extensive experience helping clients with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, bereavement, phobias, OCD, abuse, work related issues and anger management.
Counselling can be of great help in enabling us to find a way forward when we feel stuck. We need someone to listen to us with compassion, understanding and acceptance. Not to be judged. To feel empowered. To feel able to explore the difficulties in life which cause pain, distress, anger, fear and anxiety. To be supported in making real lasting change, and sometimes, to break free from a past that can often feel too present.
I have seen how remarkable counselling can be, for so many people over the past 20 years in primary care. I was in therapy myself throughout my training in Edinburgh, and know how valuable that experience continues to be for me, both personally and professionally.
I currently offer telephone and FaceTime consultations. I also offer weekend and evening appointments at no extra cost.
my fee for counselling is £50 for a 50 minute appointment.
Take that important, sometimes difficult, first step and contact me. Lets meet and explore how I can be of help to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Edinburgh at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations (the Scottish branch of the London Tavistock Clinic) My training is in Psychodynamics and Object Relations Theory. I Qualified in 1996 with the Certificate in Human Relations and Psychodynamic Counselling, and The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. During my training my placements were in Primary Care (GP surgeries) in a CPN (Community Psychiatric Nursing) department and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at Ashington Hospital.
I have an introductory training in CBT, from The Northumberland Psychological Therapies Department.
I also qualified as a supervisor in 2006 again training at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh. I have 16 years of supervision/consultancy experience and supervise therapists and students. I have also supervised the Voluntary Bereavement Visiting Service in north Northumberland for the last 18 years and have been involved in their training.
I am an Accredited Register Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and work in accordance with their standards of ethical practice, and continuing professional development.
I offer a consultancy service for people working in business and industry, particularly for those in a management role, having difficulty with staff/team dynamics. Also for those who struggle to find that all important work/life balance.
A space to reflect and identify what would be of help and support is invaluable and is essential in maintaining good mental and physical health.
In 1995, Dr Frances Dower (a GP and counsellor) and I began a pilot study at Rothbury Surgery. This was to produce qualitative and quantitative evidence for the effectiveness of counselling in a primary care setting. Evidence was collected over a 3 year period, and showed how beneficial counselling was as part of a primary care team.
This study was instrumental ( along with several presentations in GP surgeries ) in securing the provision of counselling in GP surgeries across north Northumberland, and in developing a strong culture of counselling in primary care.
In 2004, I initiated what I called a Multidisciplinary Reflective Practice Forum. A supportive group experience for practice nurses, GP's, health visitors, CPN's, counsellors and psychologists. The purpose of the groups was to provide a confidential space to explore our work, share concerns, develop a creative educational process and manage anxieties inherent in our work. This type of multidisciplinary work was the first of its kind in the NHS. I ran this group for 2 years with my colleague Dr Margaret Rangecroft, a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and former GP and Psychiatrist.
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
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
My fees are £50 per hour for counselling.
Supervision is £60 per 90 minutes.
Consultative work is £75 per hour.
Employee assistance work £75 per hour.
When I work
I have lots of availability. Clients are usually seen within a few days of contacting me. I also offer evening and weekend appointments at no extra cost.