I qualified as a counsellor in 2007. Since then, I have worked in a range of educational settings including schools, colleges and universities. I know the importance of counselling personally - of someone providing an empathic and non-judgmental space to explore and express whatever is going on. If you feel this is something I could offer you, please get in touch.
My approach to counselling is integrative - this means that I draw on a range of different therapeutic approaches in developing ways of working that are bespoke to each individual. However, my work is founded most on the person-centred approach which values empathy, warm acceptance and realness in the process of becoming fully 'us'. I work with children, young people and adults on whatever issues may bring them to counselling.
I have access to a counselling room in Darlington town centre as well as a garden office at home. I also offer counselling online via Zoom. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their ethical standards. I have a Christian faith and can include prayer in counselling sessions on request - but this will NEVER be forced on you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Counselling (2007)
- MA Counselling (with Distinction), York St John University, 2011
- Certificate in Education (2003)
- MSc Youth Work and Community Development (with Distinction), Teesside University, 2008
- PhD, Durham University, 2021
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
An hour (50 minutes) of counselling usually costs £40. However, I operate a sliding scale based on income. Where possible, I try to ensure that fees are not a barrier to working with people - so please ask. Fees are paid by bank transfer or cash before the commencement of each session. Missed sessions, or non-attendance with less than 24 hours notice, will usually be charged at full cost.
My general availability for working with Counselling clients is on Thursdays and Fridays. However, I am happy to try and accommodate requests to meet at other times where possible.