I have over 25 years experience as a counselling and nursing professional and offer a range of therapeutic skills which I integrate within my humanistic approach to respond to your specific individual needs, helping you to achieve the most that you can from counselling therapy. I provide a safe and confidential space where you can feel confident to discuss your current difficulties, such as, relationship problems, bereavement, anxiety, low mood, depression, low self-esteem.
I work collaboratively with you to help you to take charge of your life again. This is gained through personal insight and understanding into your current thoughts and feelings and achieving a stronger, happier sense of self-worth with an awareness of your own potential for self-fulfillment.
I work with adults (18 years upwards) and can work to a set number of sessions agreed at our first appointment or open-ended if you prefer.
Prior to my 19-year career as a counsellor, I trained as a Registered General Nurse. I went on to specialise in cancer nursing and attended the Royal Marsden Hospital (London) obtaining a certificate in Cancer Nursing. It was the invaluable experiences that I had in the 8 years as a cancer nurse, supporting and consoling patients and families that motivated me to train as a counsellor.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation if you would like to discuss your needs and /or ask further questions about me and my counselling approach which may help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and training
I qualified in July 2000 with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and achieved my accreditation with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) in 2003.
Since then I have continued my professional development and skill set by completing further courses in cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis, solution-focused therapy and neuro-linguistic programming. I also hold an accredited certificate in Interpersonal Therapy for Depression.
In accordance with BACP guidelines, I continue to study keeping me up to date with current best practices, research outcomes and new developments in counselling.
Since July 2000 I have worked in Staff Occupational Health settings and General Practices for the NHS and independently. This has given me an excellent experience of helping people with most problems many of us encounter in our lives.
I have worked for Primary Care and Improving Access to Psychological Services in the Newcastle and Northumberland NHS Trusts for 16 years. I have also provided counselling services to Staff Occupational Health Services at John Lewis plc in Newcastle, Twinings in North Shields, Northumbria and Newcastle University, several Employee Assistance Programmes and private clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
A session lasts for 50 minutes and costs £50. I accept payment by online bank transfer or cash.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Thursday with evening appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|