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About me

I am still practicing throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, through either telephone or video/online counselling as my office is in a home environment.

I am a qualified counsellor based in Blackpool offering person-centred therapy. This is a non-judgemental form of counselling in a safe environment designed to work with you, the client, to explore and resolve whatever issues you wish to bring to the session.

If you feel this may be right for you, I invite you to contact me.

I am a member of the BACP (the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) ensuring that I adhere to their code of ethics, maintaining confidentiality, respect for the client and attend regular supervision.

I have experience of working with clients that require help with anxiety, depression, bereavement, PTSD, all forms of abuse, sexual and relationship difficulties.

Through both my care and counselling experience I have worked with clients who have long-term conditions, both physical, emotional and mental, including, though not limited to, fibromyalgia, arthritis, cerebral palsy, autism and downs syndrome.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (level 4)
  • Counselling studies level 2 and 3
  • Certificate in BDSM and further sexualities
  • Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
  • ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills training)
  • Certificate in Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Other training includes:

  • Introduction to Counselling – including listening skills and mediation
  • Diploma in health and social care for adults (level 2)
  • Intermediate level apprenticeship in Adult Social Care
  • First aid (2014)

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

BDSM and further sexualities.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Our first session will be our initial session, ensuring that we feel comfortable working with one another. This session will be £20.

Every session after this will be £25 an hour (60 minutes) per session or £35 for 90 minutes.

For couples counselling,  90 minutes per session £40.

When I work

Monday-Friday 1pm-9pm

Further information

I have experience working at the carers trust in Blackpool as a volunteer counsellor from 2015-2018 and have worked at my private practice in Bispham, Blackpool since 2016.

Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

There is a step inside the front door so wheelchair access could be challenging depending on the type of wheelchair. The counselling room is on the ground floor, however.