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Hello. Choosing a counsellor can be daunting and there are many to choose from. I am a person-centred counsellor, working from the belief that each person has the right and potential to find solutions that work for them but that they sometimes need a bit of help in coming to their own understanding of their lives and experiences. Person Centred counsellors believe an important part of that help is in the form of the warmth and acceptance and genuine desire to understand what it is like to be you offered in therapy.
You deserve respect and to be met without judgement and this is fundamental to the relationship between you and your therapist. Because therapy is a special sort of relationship, the right therapist for you is one of the most important choices you can make.
Our first meeting would be to discuss the difficulties that you feel have led you to seek a counsellor and to see if I might be that person so we really begin to work from the first session as the most meaningful way of helping you make that choice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a person-centred counsellor and supervisor and am accredited by BACP. I have been meeting individuals and the variety of difficulties they bring, since 2001 and have worked in quite a variety of counselling contexts including student counselling, the local constabulary, Rape Crisis and general practice in a GP surgery.
I have a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Supervision and an Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation. Like most counsellors, I continue to train and attend courses to further develop my skills and knowledge and am happy to provide details.
My practice is greatly enhanced by Mindfulness practice and training which is concerned with a particular way of paying attention and being aware of what is happening as it happens and which many clients feel to be of help when struggling with anxiety, stress or depression.
2002 Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)
2005 Certificate in Education (Cert.ED., University of Central Lancashire)
2006 Certificate (Adv.) in Group Facilitation
2008 CAADA IDVA Qualification (Domestic Violence Advocacy)
2009 Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Supervision
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)
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I work from a Person Centred perspective, meeting a person rather than a problem and working with that person's perspective on the difficulties they bring. I integrate work from Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) approaches which many have found particularly helpful when feelings of shame or unworthiness have been part of their experience.
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£45.00 per 50 minute/hour session
When I work
I am currently only able to work with clients in the Cockermouth area outdoors or via phone or Zoom.
Otherwise I am happy to work with you in my private therapy space in my home outside Milnthorpe as well as outdoors, remotely, or via Zoom or phone.