I am a qualified Advanced Psychotherapist working with both Couples and Individuals. I have many years experience within Mental health and worked as a nurse specialising in post natal depression, palliative care and HIV before moving on to become a Professional Psychotherapist. I feel passionate about helping people who are going through struggles in life and have more recently specialised more in working with relationship issues. I work with couples and individuals who are having issues with all kinds of relationships whether that be with their partner, friends, family member or colleagues. I aim to offer a completely non judgemental space full of compassion, understanding, empathy and respect.
I have worked with clients and couples from all different types of cultures and orientations and welcome anyone to access my service without fear of prejudice. We are all on a journey to become the best version of ourselves and I welcome the opportunity to help you on that journey.
The most important element in Therapy is a positive and trusting relationship between the client/s and the Therapist. Having the courage to take the step to contact someone for help is difficult and being able to feel comfortable with the Therapist of choice is really important. I offer a warm and friendly, confidential space to help you feel comfortable as quickly as possible and the first appointment allows you the opportunity to decide if Counselling Therapy or indeed the Therapist is right for you. My experience has shown that Counselling can be truly transformational for people and I am passionate about helping people go through that journey of self understanding and healing.
I work with Individuals one to one and with Couples addressing many issues that arise in relationships. My background training has led me to work in an integrative way bringing in elements from a number of different models. More focused additional training in Couple Counselling has also enriched my knowledge in different ways of working with Couples.
I am currently working face to face from 2 locations, Shrewsbury, and Wem (with covid safety measures in place). I can also provide Counselling online via video link or by telephone and this is not restricted by location.
How Counselling can help?
Counselling is a process in which a person/couple can talk through issues or concerns that are causing stress/distress. Talking in Counselling allows you to explore and understand these issues or feelings and find a way to move forward with your life.
Relationship issues cover areas like poor communication, repeated conflicts, infidelity, loss of trust, loss of connection, struggling to let go of resentments and anger against your partner, failing sex life or problems/dissatisfaction with it, abuse, boredom, loss of love and affection or connection and many more.
Many people come to counselling as a last resort and I often see couples who have been facing serious long-term difficulties. I can provide a safe space for couples who wish to separate, or help those who can't decide which way to go to find clarity in addition to those that want to find a way to repair and improve their relationship.
Non- intimate relationship difficulties are equally stressful and distressing when they occur and can involve friendships, work, children, extended family members and when your attempts to resolve these are failing Counselling can be a way to understand what is going wrong and explore different ways to move forward positively.
What to expect in your first session.
You can contact me to answer any initial questions or concerns then decide whether you wish to book a first session. This first session will help you to decide if Counselling is right for you before booking subsequent sessions. Counselling does not have to be a long process it can often be short term and solution focused where just a few sessions can be sufficient to address the issues and can be weekly or fortnightly.
Counselling particularly with couples can sometimes bring about really positive change in just one or two appointments for those who come for help early in their difficulties or may take a very prolonged period of working together for others. It is very individual and dependent on the issues and commitment from both parties.
There is disabled access in all venues where I work. Public parking in Shrewsbury, and Wem.
Interested? What you need to do next...
You can either phone or email me with any questions or to book a session. There is no commitment to continue after your first session and no pressure to rebook a follow up until and if you are ready to do so.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to working as a Professional Counsellor my background was in nursing with over 33 years experience, working within Mental Health, Palliative care and HIV. I now practice solely as a Private Counsellor/Psychotherapist, working one to one with individuals and with couples in relationship counselling.
- Msc Advanced Clinical Nurse Practice
- Registered Mental Health Nurse
- Registered General Nurse
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
- Certificate In Hypnotherapy
- Introduction to Couples Counselling training focus on IMAGO method and Emotion Focused Therapy
- Level Two Couples Counselling Training focus on Ellen Bader and Peter Peterson's Developmental Model of Couple Counselling
- Member of the National Counselling society
- Trained with CRUSE to provide voluntary bereavement support
Particular interest in Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Relationship Counselling, stress, depression and bereavement.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £45.00 to £95.00
￡45.00 online/telephone individual Counselling
￡48.00 Individual Face to Face Counselling
￡68.00 Couple Counselling (1 Hour)
￡98.00 Couple Counselling (1.5 hours)
Face to face work is on Monday and Wednesday only. Online or telephone counselling appointments are flexible and available Mon - Thurs.
I believe that the most important and most effective way to gain benefit from Counselling is by having a good connection and rapport with your therapist. My experience has led me to feel that this is something I am able to do with clients very quickly.
My work with Couples has included all groups including same sex and heterosexual, married, unmarried, open relationships . I am nonjudgemental and treat everyone with respect and acceptance.
My previous role as a nurse was as an HIV nurse specialist based within sexual health and I bring that knowledge and expertise of working with a highly stigmatising condition and with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds with me to my Counselling role.
I work very much in an integrated way bringing in different models and ways of working with clients, and together we find the best approach going forward.