In these trying times there can be little time to stop and think. Counselling provides an opportunity to do so in a non-judgemental environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings safely and express them openly.
When life gets difficult we tend to keep ourselves busy, without taking the time to consider thoughts and feelings. Thoughts and feelings stay inside us until they are expressed and released. They can build up and weigh us down without us realising it, causing anxiety and depression, low confidence, loss of self and low self esteem.
Most of us struggle with something at some point, and tend to get by by telling ourselves that there are people much worse off than we are, and that we should just get on with it. We don't give ourselves permission to feel, or the same compassion that we give to others. Sometimes we avoid what we know we have to face because it is can feel overwhelming.
I work in a person centred way, which means therapy is led by you and your needs. I believe that finding the root cause of a problem is the key to starting to feel better. Counselling can be useful for gaining acceptance, dealing with loss and recovering from trauma. It can help with problem solving and give you the confidence to deal with difficult situations. It can help you to understand yourself and others in a healthier way. Counselling can also provide you with skills and techniques to challenge thoughts, feelings and behaviour, which you can apply to new situations, building resilience and self-confidence.
In a warm, positive and professional way, I will work in line with your values, beliefs and view of the world. I will manage your thoughts and feelings safely and ethically, and you can book sessions as often or as little as you need. Please feel free to call me for a chat if you have any other queries.
Training, qualifications & experience
I think it is important to first let you know that I have lived a life of making mistakes and being judged by others. I have experienced grief, loss, regret and difficulty. I believe that this, alongside years of training is what qualifies me to be able to help you, and is how I can show you empathy without judgement.
I have also worked hard to study and train though, and have a first class BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am fully insured, have a portable enhanced DBS and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I have counselled a diverse range of clients, many with complex issues, and have also been a lecturer in counselling.
I have undertaken the following training courses:-
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
- Working Creatively with Loss and Bereavement
- Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Information Assurance
- Dementia Awareness
- Autism Awareness
- Mental Health Awareness
- Unconscious Confidence
- Channel General Awareness
- Prevent for Practitioners
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
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
We all have busy lives so I am flexible about length and frequency of sessions. At the end of the session I will ask you if you would like to book again and if so when.
I offer face to face counselling sessions in a large room in Clitheroe town centre, this is up two flights of stairs. If you may find stairs difficult, or just if you prefer, telephone, FaceTime or Zoom sessions are also available.