MBACP Registered Integrative and Creative Counsellor
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I am a fully qualified and experienced Integrative counsellor with specialist skills in Creative Counselling.
I offer Integrative counselling to adults over 18. I draw on a number of different approaches so that your therapy is unique to you.
You also have the additional option of Creative Counselling which may suit you well if you like the idea of using symbols, drawing, colour and different materials in your therapy.
I counsel clients for a variety of concerns including anxiety and panic attacks to help you gain a feeling of control in your life. You may have low self esteem perhaps originating in a difficult childhood (emotionally neglectful or where adverse incidents have been a feature) and loss of person especially if this is after a long illness (Anticipatory Grief) or when they have been lost emotionally or physically, but are still alive (Ambiguous Loss). You may be struggling with grief due to the loss of a pet, your career or your health. Whatever it is you have lost, your grief is valid.
You may be here because you are struggling and you may not know why, and that's fine, because counselling is a way of increasing your understanding of yourself, from talking about and exploring your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Read on and I will explain more about the areas you may be having trouble with.
Have you noticed you feel really anxious in certain situations? Does your heart race or do you have feelings of dread as soon as you wake in the morning? Are you avoiding doing certain things because you don't feel 'in control', possibly just wanting to run away? This may be anxiety and is an exaggerated stress response. Anxiety can really affect our enjoyment of life-in short, it's a joysucker. I have a great deal of experience and expertise in helping clients bring this under control, and getting calm back into their lives.
Perhaps you have noticed yourself feeling 'not good enough'? If you are aware you are really hard on yourself, perhaps setting very high standards for yourself, then you may be suffering from low self esteem. You may not speak up for yourself because you worry what people might think of you. Low self esteem, like anxiety, can really affect our day to day life. It prevents us from feeling the joys that life has to offer. It may help you to know I am a recovered people pleaser (often a consequence of low self esteem) so I have both expertise and personal experience to draw on!
If you have suffered a loss, whether it is the loss of a person, a pet, a relationship, your health or your job, you may be having feelings that are classified as 'grief'. This can include feelings of missing what you have lost, feeling 'foggy', experiencing poor memory, feeling sad, possibly feeling unable to cope without them if it's a person. If it's your career or health you may not be able to see other possibilities or feel hopeful.
I am also experienced in situations where grief is more complex, i.e. it involved losing a person twice (once through illness or injury and again through death, known as Ambiguous Loss), or you lost the person after a long illness (Anticipatory Grief).
What counselling can do.
Counselling can help you to become more aware about yourself, your thoughts & feelings and what they mean. Greater insights into ourselves and what makes us 'tick' can happen when we talk with someone (especially a trained, experienced counsellor) who let's us know that they understand what we are are going through. This extra knowledge you have about your difficulties means you can see a clearer path and move forwards.
Grieving a loss is natural but is different for everyone. It can be especially upsetting if you had a difficult relationship with the person, or you 'lost' them before they died or you were unable to physically say goodbye to them in the way you would have liked. I can help you to understand the unique nature of your grief and the sometimes conflicting, and confusing, feelings that come with it. I can reassure you that whatever it is you have lost, you will find me to be non-judgemental, and ready to explore your feelings with you.
Where the sessions will take place
I can offer you sessions in person or online using Doxy.me, a safe, easy to use, end to end encrypted, video platform.
I have a cosy dedicated counselling room tucked away in a quiet corner of Romiley with free parking nearby.
We ALL deserve to have a good life and I am 100% committed to helping you to find this. As we work together on your issues, it is my belief that you will see the possibilities for this to happen for you. I will check regularly with you that the work we are doing is benefitting you and you are seeing that there is hope for positive change happening in your life.
Why not take the first step and make that call/email/text to me today?
How to get in touch
Use the Contact form to send me an email, phone or text me-whichever suits you best. If I'm not immediately available (I may be in a session), just leave a short message with your first name (it's a confidential voicemail) and a contact number & I will get back to you at the very next opportunity I get.
Your session is a full hour and is chargeable at £45 by BACs transfer, SumUp card reader or cash.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Psychology (Hons)
- Diploma (Level 4) in Therapeutic Counselling
Shorter training courses attended (most recent first):
Creative Counselling Introduction to CPTSD
Timelines from a Trauma Perspective
Couples Counselling: Communication and Difference
Working Creatively with Loss
Working creatively with Shame
Transferring Therapy Online
Solution Focused Therapy
Samaritans Suicide training
Self Harm Training
Basic Life Support
Equality, Adult Safeguarding, Confidentiality and data protection
I have many years experience of working within a healthcare environment.
I have experience of working within a wide range of counselling services including Bereavement Counselling, General Practice Counselling and a City Centre Counselling Service.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Women's issues
- Low self esteem
- Low mood
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Work/Life balance
- Harassment at work
- Chronic illness
From £40.00 to £45.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
My normal fee is £50 per session (one full hour).
Keyworkers, Student Counsellors and students may qualify for a reduced fee, dependant on availability.
Payment Methods Accepted
BACS, SUM UP Card reader, cash.
When I work
I offer online sessions and in-person sessions. Ring, Text or Email me to secure an appointment. I will reply ASAP.
Dedicated, comfortable counselling room in a quiet location, easy free parking and accessible from Stockport, Hyde, Marple and Bredbury.