Please note that due to the Coronavirus I am providing on line video and telephone counselling respecting safe distancing due to current Government Guidelines and BACP recommendations. I am also able to extend counselling to outside of the ST area due to the fact that I am offering on line support. I have also completed training on on line counselling.
Hello and a warm welcome to my profile which I hope you will find useful. It is not always easy seeking help. I will therefore give you some information that may help to alleviate your worries and allow you to make an informed choice about the type of confidential support you are seeking.
I am an integrative counsellor offering a warm non-judgemental approach. Life is sometimes complex, counselling can provide a safe place to explore at a pace to suit your individual needs. I can offer you a warm and professional approach to work in the way that best suits your needs. I have experience of working on range of life challenges including anxiety, depression, self imagine, loss, relationships issues as well as work related issues such as bullying, harassment. Need to talk then I am hear to listen.
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which means that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I have over 25 years experience of offering support.
I use an integrative approach to counselling having studied a variety of therapy approaches including person centred therapy, CBT, crisis counselling, mindfulness, loss and bereavement and solution focused training. This allows me to listen and respond to the needs of my clients in a way that suits their individual needs ensuring that you will be at the heart of the process right from the beginning.
I have worked within a work place setting for the NHS for many years providing support to all levels of NHS staff on a full range of issues as well as my own private practice for some years. I can provide support to individuals, EAPs or organisations and have experience of working with a range of issues. One of my areas of keen interest is stress management and I am a Fellow Member of the International Stress Management Association and have developed many individual and group stress management programmes. I am also a Critical Incident Stress Management trained responder enabling me to support people following distressing events.
I have considerable experience in offering group sessions for personal awareness and other wellbeing topics including transactional analysis, CBT and a range of self awareness methods. I also have experience of working on wellbeing issues and integrating these into counselling including mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and psycho-education awareness.
What I Can Provide
I can provide support to adults with a range of issues including loss, change, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, work or personal issues. I can offer experience, empathy, understanding, space, pace, time and a completely non-judgemental and integrative approach to an individual’s needs.
Heath and Wellbeing
I believe that we all need to be mindful of our wellbeing and as a coach I have experience of working with people both individually and in groups who want to explore how they can better look after their wellbeing. I have designed and developed workshops on improving sleep, reducing stress, improving self care.
I am also a qualified Supervisor and have over 17 years experience working with counsellors in training as well as qualified counsellors. I completed my training at the Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy and primarily us the Hawkins & Shohet 7 Eyed Model of Supervision.
My coaching training (Oxford School of Coaching, London) has given me the privilege of working with individuals wishing to explore new horizons whether it is in their personal life and a journey of self-discovery or on work issues and venturing into the unknown, this includes career change or challenge, self-confidence, self-esteem and developing more assertive skills.
I also have experience in providing post incident support to teams and individuals.
STRESS MANAGEMENT & ASSOCIATED TRAINING
As a Fellow Member of the International Stress Management Association I have a vast amount of experience of providing support to individuals and groups of people experiencing stress or wishing to develop resilience to stress. in addition I have considerable experience in writing and developing bespoke workshops and delivering them as well as offering training to counsellors, HR staff and others who also want to offer a supportive approach to others. I can provide training sessions for groups of people to suit needs which can include resilience, stress awareness, risk assessment and identification of stress as well as wellbeing topics. I also provide 3 day training events on Critical Incident Stress Management training delegates on how to respond and support people affected by traumatic events.
What to Expect in Your First Session
Our first session will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and for me to gather a little information from you and to explain in more depth the counselling process and confidentiality. It also involves an 'Agreement to Work' that lays out the boundaries of counselling so that everything is clear right from the start. It is an opportunity for you to see if I am the right counsellor for you and if I can offer what you are looking for. I do not make a charge for first appointments as I believe it is important to find the right person to work with and a pre counselling meeting is a shared opportunity to establish need and formulate working arrangements.
I work from my own home that provides a warm and welcoming setting with easy parking and easy access. Public transport is easy to the area and there is also a train stop within the area I operate. I work with people both on a short and long term basis. Counselling sessions are strictly confidential and professional and when we meet we will discuss and agree the arrangements for the counselling. There is no fee for the first 30 minutes of us meeting as I believe that it is important that you find the right person to work
Please contact me if you have any questions or wish to make a none committal appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
On Line Counselling Training - December 2020 80 Hours
Counselling Training Keele University 1999
Certificate/Diploma Coaching and Mentoring Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring
Diploma in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management
Critical Incident Stress Management Nottingham Trauma Resilience and Growth
Mediation Level 1 & 2 Peacebuilders, Manchester (ONC)
Certificate in Supervision – Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Education Further and Higher Education Manchester Metropolitan University
CBT Certificate/Diploma Institute of Counselling
Certificate in Loss and Bereavement Institute of Counselling
Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy Institute of Counselling
Certificate in Crisis Counselling Institute of Counselling
Certificate in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Levels 1, 2 & 3 Centre of Stress Management, London
Certificate in Occupational Stress Management Centre of Stress Management, London
Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy and Brief Therapy Birmingham University
Certificate in Assertiveness and Communication Skills
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have considerable experience in providing stress reduction training to groups as well as leadership training. I have also have experience of offering group therapy and group training or self awareness sessions as well as relaxation, mindfulness and other well being sessions.
Concessions offered for
My fees are £40.00 per session (50/60 minutes)
I offer a free 30 minute confidential consultation to explore how we would work together without any obligation
I also offer hardship rates and discounted rates for students for personal therapy and/or supervision
Rates for couple counselling is £55.00 per 1.5 hour.
Supervision Rates are £40.00 per hour.
Flexible rates for students or cases of hardship.
Stress Coaching/Wellbeing Coaching or Career Coaching is available at £40.00 per hour or £50.00 per 1.5 hour sessions.
Please contact me direct if you are a group or organisation looking for group support, stress management, wellbeing initiatives, mindfulness or relaxation sessions.
Early evenings. I offer telephone, on line and face to face (subject to Government advice regarding COVID19). Groups/organisations limited day time sessions available
Please contact me to discuss costs with no embarrassment.
Sessions can also be spaced to suit your budget