Support, warmth, understanding and acceptance, together with a professional service, this is what I base my counselling practice on. I offer a calm, confidential space to truly be heard and listened to without judgement or opinion. A safe place in which you can explore your difficulties, struggles or confusions to enable you to recover your own perspective and clarity surrounding whatever issues are impacting your life.
I have experience with anxiety, depression, abuse, bereavement and loss, low self-esteem, ADHD, family and relationship issues, difficult childhood experiences, panic attacks, trauma and other generalised anxiety disorders. I am also a member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) providing support around infertility issues and the accompanying complexity of emotional distress this can bring.
I understand that living with the debilitating effects of anxiety, depression and sadness, for whatever reason, can be a draining, exhausting place to feel stuck in. I also have training and experience of working with adverse childhood experiences (ACE's) and believe that the reverberating trauma and difficulties that result from this can impact our behaviour and sense of self, even decades later.
Life can sometimes feel overwhelming, frustrating, unfair.....or even cruel, throwing so many unexpected hurdles in our way. Struggling can be a lonely, isolating place and sometimes we need more than just talking to family and friends.
Talking to a counsellor about how you REALLY feel can seem like a challenging, daunting step to take but can also lead, ultimately, to a valuable, healing experience, providing clarity, understanding and a path to moving forward.
I am passionate about the benefits of counselling, concentrating on exploring and identifying your inner feelings, and the belief that with empathy, non-judgement and support YOU can find answers.
Seeking counselling can feel like a huge decision but it can also be the first step towards changing how you are feeling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling/Person Centred Therapist, Registered Member of BACP
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner
Member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) Foundation Course for Counsellors Working in Clinics and Related Settings 2019
Loss and Bereavement Training (LBS)
Counselling for three years in Women's Centre, Merseyside
I have also completed Continuous Personal Development training in the following:-
Working Therapeutically with Adult Survivors of CSA (Child Sexual Abuse), The Grove Practice, London
Foundation for Infant Loss Training
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's)
Transgender Awareness Training
Open University - Coronavirus /Working online as a counsellor/psychotherapist at a time when face to face therapy in neither possible nor safe
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£30 per session (Face to Face)
£30 per session(online)
Discount rate for students
Monday to Friday Appointments, flexible arrangements for evenings and weekends
I work in a face to face setting in a private, comfortable room 5 minutes walk from Southport town centre, alternatively, I can provide online sessions.
I also offer a free 15 minute introductory phone call to provide you with the opportunity to briefly discuss your issues and decide if you would like us to work together. I feel it is important for you to take this step with a counsellor you feel comfortable and 'at ease' with, to provide you with the safe environment and relationship necessary for a positive experience.
I believe in an holistic approach, that how we feel emotionally can greatly impact our physical sense of wellbeing. If you are feeling ready to talk to someone please contact me for an appointment.