What is Counselling?
Life can be difficult and counselling can provide the bridge needed to move from a difficult to a more fulfilling place. Being supported to talk and work through difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe and caring space with someone who ‘gets it’ often helps us find ways through difficult or uncertain times, which will be unique for all of us.
Is counselling suitable for you?
Sometimes we are shaken by a life event, such as the death of a loved one, an illness or a breakdown of an important relationship and even supposedly happy ones, like marriage, parenting or retirement when life and the world as we know it changes. Or sometimes we just need space to talk through our struggles in relation to what we are thinking and feeling with the hope of understanding ourselves and finding a better way to deal with these. This could be related to any aspect of our lives such as childhood experiences, feelings of depression, anxiety, social isolation, lack of purpose, trauma or even sometimes if we feel all in life is going good BUT…. These are only some of the things that Counselling can help with and if you experience any of these do not struggle alone; I encourage you to take the first step and make contact, which can be the most difficult of all.
How can I help?
I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor who has worked in the counselling field over 10 years. I have completed extensive academic and professional training. I have a PhD in Counselling and a Masters in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication, both from Ulster University. Counselling research indicates the relationship clients have with their counsellor is one of the most important factors in bringing about positive change. This has been the focus of my PhD and the in-depth knowledge gained in this area has been influential to how I practice. As listed below, I work with a range of issues. I also have special interest and expertise in working with relationship difficulties and that can be as an individual client or as a couple.
After viewing my profile, if it feels right for you, I invite you to make contact; do not walk alone.
Training, qualifications & experience
BACP Accredited Counsellor
PhD in Counselling from Ulster University
MSc in Counselling and Therapeutic Communication from Ulster University
Advanced Diploma in Counselling from Queens University
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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 are £40 per session. I offer reduced fees to students and unwaged clients which can be discussed at the first meeting.