Due to Covid 19, I am at the moment working remotely. I offer 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
- Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies
- 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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
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.
My working hours are flexible. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any specific requests.
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.