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PG Dip. CounsPsych; BACP Accredited

About me

If you’re thinking about counselling because you’re struggling with difficult life events, sadness, anxiety or negative thinking or, you simply have a vague sense that there must be more to life than this, I am so pleased you have found your way to my profile.

I offer a warm and accepting space in which we can work together to make sense of your feelings, thoughts and experiences and help you find a way forward to a more balanced, positive and fulfilled way of living.

I am a qualified and registered counsellor with many years’ experience of working with people experiencing difficulties and challenges in their lives.  This includes working for two leading local counselling organisations and as a counsellor and a mental health practitioner for the NHS.

I use a wide range of approaches to respond to what my clients are hoping to achieve from therapy and draw on a deep conviction that every person has within them the potential for growth and change – my role is to help you find and harness that energy and inner wisdom through the work that we do. My conviction is based on evidence - I have been privileged on so many occasions to watch my clients grow in awareness and confidence and find their own inner capacity for healing, building a better life for themselves on the other side of difficult life experiences and emotional distress.

If you would like to find out more please get in touch by phone or email. 

In addition to counselling psychotherapy I also offer solution-focused Life Coaching for clients seeking structured support to achieve their life/career goals.

I am happy to consider reduced fees depending on circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 20 years experience of working with people experiencing difficulties and challenges in their lives. Since 2001 I have also supervised and trained others in this work.

I have worked as a counsellor with two leading counselling organisations in North Staffordshire and within a Local Authority Coaching service.

In addition to private practice I have also provided counselling for the NHS.

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Keele University
  • Certificate in Counselling, Keele University
  • NLP Practitioner (qualitycultureuk)

I have undertaken further training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Compassion-focused Therapy, Trauma, Suicidal Ideation, Existential Therapy and therapeutic practice with young adults.

I am a member of the BACP - the regulatory body which oversees standards for the provision of counselling and therapy services.

I am fully insured and maintain my professional expertise through regular professional supervision and training/development.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Critical incident debriefing and working with clients in crisis

Fees

From £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Session rates:

One hour face to face sessions - from £45

Contact me to discuss your requirements as I work flexibly within a framework of ethical practice.

Reduced fees are available depending on circumstances

When I work

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Further information

I am experienced in a wide range of counselling areas but have a particular interest in:

  • loss and bereavement
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • attachment
  • relationships
  • creating meaning and purpose - a life worth living
  • traumatic experiences, intrusive thoughts and phobias

Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5

Brightstone Clinic, 11 Hope Street, Sandbach, CW11 1BA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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