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MA , Reg. MBACP (Accred), UKRCP, Dip. Hyp

About me

I offer face to face counselling as well as distant Counselling, EMDR and Hypnotherapy on Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or phone.

I am a fully qualified, accredited (MBACP, UKCP) and experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I am also a qualified EMDR practitioner. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy, either face to face (whenever possible) or online.

I am certain that therapy can help transform our lives. I can help you explore issues, understand what has been holding you from leading a fuller and richer life, gain relief from present symptoms, develop resources to cope and bring about some positive changes. I can offer you a safe, confidential space and a warm, caring and effective presence.

My approach is integrative. No single approach works with everyone in every situation. Whilst remaining person-centred, I tailor my therapeutic approach to suit your particular needs.  I may use in my practice combined elements of

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) to help treat post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive behaviours, and to clear past destructive experiences such as childhood trauma, sexual abuse .
  • Mindfulness, to learn to disengage from unhelpful thought patterns which are often the root cause of depression and anxiety
  • SFT (Solution Focused Therapy) to define goals and find solutions
  • Hypnotherapy: in conjunction with counselling, it is a fast and effective tool for building     confidence, letting go of unwanted habits, addictions, phobias, anger, etc.

A few notes about some of the above therapies:

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) is a powerful technique, recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice for traumatic stress disorder. It is mostly non-verbal and therefore ideal for people who feel uncomfortable discussing traumatic or intensely personal experiences in detail.  It is quick, effective and helpful for many issues: childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect,  complex trauma, phobias, disasters, accidents, assault, etc. It is also very effective to treat many anxiety based issues.

Clinical Hypnotherapy
uses hypnosis to facilitate change. It is a  perfectly natural, safe, relaxing state of mind, much like a daydream. You remain in control at all times . Hypnotherapy uses the power of suggestion to talk directly to the subconscious mind. It enables you to reprogram old patterns and habitual conditioning  and to find meaningful alternatives to present unsatisfactory ways of thinking, feeling or behaving.

Mindfulness is a very effective therapeutic tool. It helps develop a moment-to-moment awareness of experience without judgement. Mindfulness practice can reduce stress, low mood and anxiety. It fosters general mental and psychological well-being and helps us develop more calmness, clarity and concentration.

In my practice, I like to combine flexibly all of these (and other) approaches to suit the individual and work as effectively as possible. I also like to help my clients find and develop self-help tools and resources for their improved well-being.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained and qualified as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Durham University, where I gained a  Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked as a therapist since 2000, both in educational settings and in private practice.
I am also a Clinical Hypnotherapist.

My qualifications are:

  • MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (full training with EMDR Europe)
  • Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education
  • MA in French Language and Literature
  • BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute initial telephone conversation, after which you can decide whether you wish to proceed.   Following this, my fees are a flat rate of £50 per one hour session, including for EMDR and/or therapy. 

Payment is by bank transfer or cash.

Early morning, evening and weekend appointments are available.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

My working hours are flexible.  Please feel free to get in touch if you have any specific requests.

Further information

My practice is based in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. It is within easy access of motorways or buses and is wheelchair friendly. There is easy car parking available.

I can offer sessions via Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or phone. I can also offer sessions in French.

I also offer Mindfulness Courses for groups and Group Hypnotherapy (up to ten participants) for Confidence and Self-esteem.

Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS5

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

Additional languages

French

French

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom