I first became interested in counselling after having a brief period of therapy myself. It was though this experience that I came to understand the various reasons why someone may feel the need to speak to a professional. To me, the most important aspect of counselling is the trust that can be built between the client and the therapist. It is this notion that you can talk openly about aspects in your life which are causing concern without fear of judgement. I've been working primarily in the substance misuse field for over twelve years. Through this work I have come across people of all backgrounds. People who shared little in common expect the desire to make positive changes to their lives. I offer a free face to face consultation and am also available to discuss any potential meeting over the phone. I'm only too aware that counselling can, for some people, be a huge step and that it is never easy to look to get some help. It is my aim to try and make this process and easy and as stress free as possible.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work to the BACP ethical framework.
I offer a free initial telephone or 30 minute face to face consultation so if you have any questions or concerns please feel for to get in contact. Or, if prefer, drop me an email and I'll aim to get back to you as soon as possible and certainly within the next 24 hours.
Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
Core Competence Framework in Drug/Alcohol misuse (DANOS)
Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression.
Neurobiology of Addiction
Literacy, Language, Numeracy and ICT skills check and signposting
Auricular acupuncture for substance misuse
Substance misuse and parenting
Protection from abuse and maintaining professional boundaries
Chairing/managing child protection conferences
Safetalk suicide alertness for everyone
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained
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
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
Free 30min telephone or face to face consultation.
standard session (60 mins) £30 - this is negotiable.
Online counselling is also available.
When I work
I'm available most evenings and weekends. Please feel free to contact me via email or on my mobile and I'll be happy to work out a time to meet that is convient to you.
As a keen runner I am interested in the idea of therapy sessions whilst either running or walking. This is an concept that I am looking to develop in the Fylde coast area. If you are interested please feel free to contact me to discuss further.