I am a highly qualified counsellor and psychotherapist who has a wealth of experience working with a diverse range of people and the whole of their issues. I offer a relaxed, safe and confidential therapeutic space to explore issues that may be troubling you in a caring, non-judgemental and accepting way. I am able to offer Zoom/Skype/Facetime or telephone counselling. Feel free to contact me on 07933 709399 to discuss your needs.
I offer evening, weekend, early morning and daytime appointments. I work in the centre of Durham where there is FREE parking outside my premises. It is also on a bus route.
I understand that everyone can go through difficult times in life and we all can benefit from support in handling these challenges.
In difficult situations I aim to help you to:
- Understand your issues
- Clarify any confusion you may have
- Feel more control in your life
- Cope with your life more easily
- Approach life with a clearer mind
- Move forward with your life
Using a wide range of psychotherapeutic approaches, I can facilitate a deeper understanding of yourself. People I have worked with tell me their therapeutic experience with me has increased their confidence, self-awareness, personal growth and they have gained a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and contentment.
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I provide training and supervision opportunities for counsellors/psychotherapists.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified accredited UKCP counsellor and psychotherapist. I have completed training on a Psychotherapy course accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have a MSc in Psychotherapy and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (equivalent to level 7) with Newman University. I have professional and academic qualifications in both counselling and psychotherapy.
I have extensive experience working for counselling and mental health services including, GP Surgeries, mental health day centres, universities, colleges, counselling charities, such as, Sunderland Mind and Sunderland Counselling Services, occupational health organisations, Gateshead and South Tyneside council and in my own private practice- Counselling Talking Therapy.
My additional and specialist training includes work related stress, anxiety disorder, anger issues, bereavement, depression, low mood, relationship difficulties, loneliness and low confidence, mental health issues, eating distress, body dysmorphia, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, phobias, OCD, childhood issues, racism, domestic violence, and sexual violence and abuse.
I have worked in the education sector for over 15 years, providing training, teaching and mentoring.
Currently, I work part-time as a therapist for Newcastle University. I also lecture at Durham University in their psychology department.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently offering support with mental health issues, including, low mood & anxiety, related to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak
Anxiety-related to coronavirus outbreak
Affairs and betrayals
Separation and divorce
Impact of Covid outbreak
I offer weekly or bi-weekly appointments
Daytime, Weekends, Evenings and Early Mornings
I offer short and long term counselling or psychotherapy appointments.
Counselling is for short term issues. I recommend a minimum of 6 weeks
* Helps people identify problems and crises and encourages them to take positive steps to resolve these issues.
* It is the best course of therapeutic treatment for anyone who already has an understanding of wellbeing, and who is also able to resolve problems.
* Counselling is a short-term process that encourages the change of behaviour.
Psychotherapy is often used for longstanding personal issues, drawing insight into deeper emotional difficulties and looks at the foundation of the problem- a minimum of 20 sessions. I teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions more effectively and help with psychological problems that have built up over the course of a long period of time.
I can support you in choosing the best course of therapy:
* Cognitive and behavioural therapies (focusing on the way people think and behave)
* Psychoanalytic therapies (looking at how past experiences affect the present)
* Humanistic therapies (with a focus on self-development and growth)
* Arts therapies (using the creative arts in a therapeutic way)