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Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Integrative Counsellor

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, offering an integrative approach to therapy and counselling. I am a welcoming, warm and friendly practitioner with the ability to make you feel at ease in a safe and comfortable space.

I believe that everyone has the ability to look within themselves, grow self-awareness and make positive changes to improve their lives, wellbeing and mental health. I also believe that those diagnosed with a mental illness can learn to manage their symptoms and live full and successful lives. Working in an integrative way, I use a person-centred approach, drawing on theories such as transactional analysis, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I also use mindfulness meditation techniques.  This means that I have a toolbox of counselling methods which I use during the counselling sessions depending on your wants and needs, allowing me to respond to specifically how you feel in each moment.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is best seen as a collaborative process in which we work together to identify how best to achieve a sense of personal development and cope with life's challenges. I believe that when we are genuinely listened to and understood, without judgement, we feel truly supported. I feel that this is something we all need in our lives, particularly when we are finding things difficult. Being heard in this way can enable us to see things more clearly and can help us to change, or live more easily, with the things that trouble us. I can support you in dealing with inner conflict and making decisions that will have a positive impact on your life. I find it very rewarding to support others’ to develop their own strengths and resources.

I am also committed to my own personal ongoing professional development and attend regular workshops, seminars and courses. In line with the BACP guidelines I have regular supervision, hold a current DBS certificate and public liability insurance.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a type of therapy where you meet with a counsellor in a safe environment to explore your worries, concerns or problems. These may stem from issues in your past, stress related to a current situation or dealing with fears about the future. As an integrative counsellor, I am able to use different counselling tools which enables me to select the appropriate type of counselling which is as unique and individual as you are. Together we can discuss what has brought you to counselling and agree on how we will work together. You are the ‘expert’ in the room and it is my aim to help empower you to find your own solutions to your difficulties which will enable you to move forward with your life.

My aim is to build a trusting relationship with clients and support them in becoming more self-aware and reach personal goals. Taking on a counselling journey, for whatever reason, can be challenging and daunting and I provide a professional, confidential compassionate and non-judgemental experience for each individual.

Training, qualifications & experience

Areas that I have the most experience in are: Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Baby/Child Loss, Bereavement, Body Image, Bullying, Confidence Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Friendships, Family Relationships, Fertility Issues, Grief, Health Concerns, OCD, Panic Attacks, Relationship Issues, Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts, Stress and Women’s Health Issues. For a full list of other issues that I work with, please read on.

I offer counselling sessions for children and young people (10 years old and above) as well as adults. I have over 14 years’ experience working with children and young people, both as a teacher and therapeutically as a counsellor. I have a Degree in Primary Education and worked in Primary and High Schools’ for over ten years. I can help children to explore and express their feelings and thoughts in a safe way, particularly if they struggle to articulate themselves, the therapy often goes ‘beyond words. This can support children towards better social integration, growth and  emotional wellbeing and helps to provide them with tools to better manage their wellbeing and mental health in the future.

I spent a year working as an Immediate Support Counsellor on a Mental Health Helpline. This work taught me to work in a solution focussed way with clients and I was able to help them make positive steps forward in a short amount of time. It gave me experience of working with a wide variety of client issues.

Training, Work and Qualifications:

  • B.A. (Hons) Degree in Primary Education.
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Level 3 in Counselling Skills.
  • Level 2 in Counselling Concepts.
  • Work as an Immediate Telephone Counsellor for a Mental Health Helpline.

Member organisations


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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions are charged at £40 per 50 minute session for adults and £40 per 50 minute session for children under the age of 18, payable bank transfer prior to appointments. 

I am able to offer face to face sessions, however initially sessions will be held via telephone or video call. I also offer telephone or video call, online sessions. Online counselling sessions are a flexible way to access therapy, without having to leave the comfort of your own home. I am able to arrange counselling sessions at a mutually convenient time when you are able to speak privately and be free from interruptions.

I offer all new clients an initial 20 minute telephone consultation, which can be done over the phone and is free of charge. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the process and for us to decide if we would be comfortable and happy working together.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

General hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm. However I do have some availability for evening appointments if needed. Contact me to discuss.

Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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