I am a Person-Centred Counsellor who has training in CBT and Coaching. Zoom, phone or walk and talk sessions are available during lockdown.
- MA in Clinical Counselling (highest practitioner qualification)
- NLP Practitioner
- Level 3 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy
- Certificate in Coaching
- Level 6 CPCAB Supervision
- Experience of working in GP surgeries, Age Uk, Mind
Private counselling room close to Shrewsbury town centre (near bus routes/parking)
- £45 Counselling (individuals)
- £60 Personal Coaching
- £65 Couples Counselling
- Accredited and Registered Member of BACP
- National Autistic Society registered
- Registered to offer Counselling through BUPA, AXA and other private Health insurers
- Contact me by phone 07434 934502 and please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your call as soon as I can.
How Can I help?
It can be really hard to find a counsellor who feels like someone you can talk to about the difficult thoughts and emotions that are bothering you and making life a struggle. It’s not easy to take that first step towards sorting out the problems that are making life difficult.
I have been a counsellor for many years. My clients tell me that I am compassionate, approachable and easy to talk to, and although much of our conversation is serious, you can smile and even laugh – all emotions are ok in a counselling session! Our session will feel much like a conversation, with the focus on you and what you are hoping to change.
At the moment, with us being in lockdown, I am conducting sessions over the phone, on-line via Zoom, or we can arrange a walk and talk session if you are reasonably local to me (SY2). That way we can get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, whilst talking about what is troubling you. Do give me a call (07434 934502) or drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can arrange a way of counselling that is best for you.
I have experience of working with clients from all walks of life and with all sorts of presenting issues. People often ask me: ‘How do I know if I need Counselling?’ My answers to that is that everyone can benefit from counselling. It is not only for those who are mentally unwell, it can be a positive experience for anyone and everyone. Although emphasis is gradually changing, caring for our psychological well-being has been way down the ‘to do’ list. We are more likely to accept the need to eat well and exercise to keep us physically fit, than to acknowledge that our mental health needs on-going attention. Sadly, there still seems to be reluctance to embrace the idea that we improve our resilience and psychological well-being by talking to a professional who can help to ensure that we function at our best.
I specialise in counselling/coaching adults on the autistic spectrum - and those who wonder if they might be on the spectrum. We can work together to find ways of managing anxiety and/or depression that is often experienced and develop strategies to manage difficult situations.
Much of my recent work has been with ‘key workers’, police, firefighters, and nursing staff who have experienced, anxiety, trauma, low mood and bereavement. Lockdown has impacted everyone’s mental health, and no one is unchanged by it.
Parents are finding it particularly tough. The circumstances of the last year has placed a significant strain on family life. Many are struggling with the impact that has had on family life and work/life balance. Please get in touch and book a session if I can be of help during this stressful time.
Whilst counselling sessions are often about exploring thoughts and feelings through talking, we can also engage in other ways of working, through drawing, play and writing. Not everyone finds it easy to talk about uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and these activities can help you to engage with emotions. It’s not until we have been able to identify and acknowledge what is troubling us, that we are able to understand it and start to ‘file it away’ so that it doesn’t impact on our daily lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as a Clinical Counsellor to Masters level. This is the highest level of practitioner qualification. I also have a level 3 certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and hold an Open University qualification in Psychology. I am also a qualified NLP practitioner and Hypnotherapist. I am a Supervisor of both trainee and experienced counsellors.
I am an Accredited Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work to their Code of Ethics.
I update my knowledge and skills with regular courses as part of my continuing professional development.
I have a wide range of experience of clients’ presenting issues, and have worked with a spectrum of age groups: teenagers to those in their eighties. I have previously worked as a counsellor in GP surgeries where I saw patients with a range of difficulties. I engaged in voluntary work with Age UK and I have experience of working with the deaf using a sign language interpreter. I have worked with Shropshire Autonomy and National Autistic Society Shropshire to counsel and coach people on the autistic spectrum.
I was employed as a Civil Servant for many years and in many roles and I have experience of management, and coaching within that setting. I have worked extensively with the elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. I also have experience as a volunteer for a mental health charity.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 Counselling for individuals
£65 Couple Counselling
Normal office hours and early evenings.Telephone counselling available.