About me and my therapy practice
I specialise in Person Centred Counselling, which is fundamentally about helping you to understand yourself and any difficulties you may have dealt with in the past, or any anxiety you have now. In your counselling sessions, I will focus on helping you feel empowered by building your resilience and self-esteem so that you can make better choices and guard against stresses in your life.
You may have reached a crossroads in your life - we all do at some point - or you may have difficulty knowing which way to turn or how to cope. I can help you face your challenges, no matter what they are, being empathetic to your needs.
With counselling, your difficult and challenging emotions can be the very catalyst in bringing about greater self-awareness and personal enlightenment leading to increased wellbeing, so it's a very positive step to take if you feel it's right for you.
If you are going through grief and have experienced a loss, I can help you find ways to cope. Loss can affect you throughout your life, whether that means relationship issues, such as separation or divorce, bereavement, employment, and financial worries. Whatever the cause, the pain can be hard to deal with, and it can be completely overwhelming and debilitating. Anxiety arising from unresolved loss can be felt many years after so it may be the right time for you to talk about how to move forward in your life.
You may also be experiencing intense feelings of loss and unease if you are suffering from low self-esteem or sense of identity loss. This can have a profound effect on you, but I can work with you to improve your self-esteem and sense of self.
My experience of work in bereavement includes sudden death, complicated grief and prolonged grief disorder (PGD).
As a Counsellor, I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental, warm, relaxing and empathetic environment in which you can explore your personal issues. The key to my work is empathy, experience, and progress. I will provide you with complete confidentiality and respect for you as a person.
My services are provided through face to face and telephone with consultations being available in and around Ormskirk, Tarleton, Southport, Preston, Lancashire and Liverpool.
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor working from a base model of Person Centred Counselling. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as such, I am bound by their Code of Ethics and Practice and hold a current Enhanced DBS (Certificate number 001532052089).
Please feel free to call me to book a Counselling session or to talk about how I can help you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Background and Experience
I have almost twenty years NHS experience gained while working in large teaching hospitals, a mental health NHS Trust, Primary Care NHS Trust and GP surgery based counselling. I had direct contact with patients, families and carers working across the health and social care community covering a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. I have a good understanding of the importance and relevance of clinical governance, risk assessment, critical illness, and disability.
Prior to my NHS work, I was employed by a large national organisation where I was trained by Employee Advisory Resource (EAR) as part of the Company Care Line Team which provided one to one support to employees. I also worked as a counsellor for a regional carer support centre where I worked with clients who experienced challenges and feelings of conflict arising from carer responsibilities.
My counselling experience includes working with issues relating to separation, divorce, relationship anxiety, inner conflict arising from carer support, depression, abuse, sexuality, disability and post-traumatic stress.
Counselling Qualifications and Experience
- Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Level 4
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate in Counselling Concepts
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Continued Professional Development/Training
- Coping with Bereavement & Loss
- Managing Conflict & Aggression
- Serious Untoward Incidents (SUI) Training
- The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992/1999
- Safeguarding Children/Adults Awareness Training
- Confidentiality and Consent
- Health & Wellbeing Human Resources & Organisational Development
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Training
- Dealing with Violence and Aggression
- Behavioural Safety
- Samaritan training
- Foster Care Plus
- Employee Advisory Resource (EAR)Training
- Performance & Development Review Training
- Advanced Leadership Skills Training
Familiar with the following legislation: -
- Equality Act 2010
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Care Act 2014
- CQC Registration Regulations 2009
- Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Mental Health Act 1983
- Data Protection Act 1998
- Health & Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (SVGA) 2006
- Human Rights Act 1998
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
- My fees for Person Centred counselling is £35.00 per hour.
What to expect in your first session
During our first session I will fully explain what is on offer. I will address any concerns and answer questions you may have. My aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible and I do my best to ease any nerves and reservations which you may be feeling at the start of your counselling.
Please contact me by calling 07793825815 or via email as above. If I am not able to answer your call, then do please leave a message with your name and number and I will contact you as soon as possible.
All day Monday to Friday with evening and Saturday morning appointments available. Reduced rates available in certain circumstances.