My counselling approach is humanistic and integrative and my warmth will assist you to talk openly about your feelings and emotions. I am non-judgemental, trustworthy and genuine and this will enable a collaborative working relationship to develop between us. I am not here to tell you what to do but rather I will support you to make your own choices along the way.
I have enormous respect for each client's unique individuality and personal qualities, abilities, experiences and knowledge. And through both my studies and personal life experience, I acknowledge the cyclical nature of psychological, emotional and physical health.
As well as supporting Individual clients, I usually provide Counselling for Couples.
But due to the Covid19 National Lockdown I am only able to offer sessions to Individual clients via telephone. I do not think that telephone counselling is conducive to Couples counselling.
Reasons to Seek Couples Counselling:
Communication problems, abuse, an affair, separation, consideration of a divorce, co-existence, inability to resolve differences, staying together for the sake of children.
Potential Benefits of Couples Counselling such as learning how to:
Communicate better, Argue in a healthier way, Resolve conflict and solve problems productively, Express painful emotions appropriately, State your needs clearly, Work through unresolved issues, Negotiate for change.
What to Expect in Couples Counselling:
Equal time and attention and respect for your individuality
Help to decide what the future may hold for each one of you, and you as a couple
A safe judgement free environment to identify and communicate issues, feelings and behaviours that are bothering you, and facilitate understanding and positive change
Encouragement to explain your concerns, understand each other better, explore whether there is still hope or whether to end your relationship, talk to each other more, identify your wants and needs and get to know yourself better, identify what already works well in your relationship, heal and move on from hurts, identify your own individual resources and how to use them, explore the impact of ending your relationship, both negatives and positives
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professionally trained and qualified with Sheffield Hallam University which is a BACP accredited counselling course and I receive regular supervision
- A member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Diploma in Anxiety Management with Distinction 2019
- Diploma in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Distinction 2016
- Diploma in Couples Counselling with Distinction 2013
- Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Distinction 2012
- Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling 2010
- First Class BA (Honours) Psychology degree 2007
- Certificate in Counselling Skills 2006
- First Class BA Human Sciences degree 2002
I have voluntary counselling experience at:
Sheffield MIND, which were long term contracts,
North Derbyshire Women's Aid supporting victims of abuse
and Sheffield Central Health Clinic supporting clients with reproductive issues. This involved solution focused brief therapy.
Until recently I worked for Brake the road safety charity as a help-line operator which involved supporting people traumatically bereaved and/or injured in road crashes.
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
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
People who have been traumatically bereaved and injured in road crashes
I am a registered member of the BACP
In Couples counselling I support you with your Communication problems, Relationship Issues, Abuse, An affair, Separation/Divorce, Co-existence, Inability to resolve differences, Staying together for the sake of the children.
And I help you to Resolve conflict and solve problems productively, Negotiate for change, State your needs clearly, Deciding what the future holds as individuals or a couple.
Couples counselling allows you to explain your concerns, Understand each other better, Explore whether there is still hope or whether to end your relationship, Talk to each other more, Identify your wants and needs and get to know yourself better, Identify what already works well in your relationship
Issues that frequently arise include; Compatibility, Compromise, Healing and moving on from hurts, Identifying your own individual resources and how to use them, Exploring the impact of ending your relationship, both negatives and positives
Mondays and Tuesdays between 1 pm and 6 pm