Situated in the village of Nettleton, I see people from surrounding areas, including Caistor, Market Rasen and Grimsby.
I work with a range of difficulties, from a person-centred base. Because I believe that everyone is unique and deserves treating as an individual, I value an in-depth initial discussion in order to get an idea of the difficulties a potential client is facing, and also to ensure that we both feel able to work together. This gives an opportunity to look at what the person is hoping to gain from counselling and to begin to get a picture of why they feel they need help.
In working with someone, I have a wide variety of interventions and strategies available, but believe very much in allowing someone to talk freely, without direction from me, especially in the initial stages. As therapy develops, we often move in new directions and uncover feelings and meanings which at first might not have been apparent. Counselling is mainly about change and sometimes acceptance of things that can't be changed. I feel that many issues relate to low self-esteem and lack of confidence, and endeavour to offer warmth and acceptance to those I work with.
I recently gained a diploma in relationship counselling, and am able to offer couples counselling for those having difficulties in their relationships.
I am happy to work with groups to help with specific issues such as anxiety. I also offer training on a range of topics including anger management/stress, self-esteem, depression and have taught to BA level.I can work within an area roughly from Grimsby to Lincoln, depending on the availability of a suitable venue.
I currently supervise a number of people, students and qualified counsellors, and usually meet them at Caistor. Special rates for students.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained a Diploma in Counselling in 2003 and became accredited with BACP in 2007. I am registered with BACP and work to their Ethical Framework.
As well as private and voluntary work I have had experience as a school counsellor and worked for 8 years within an NHS IAPT team. This gave me a wide experience of clients and issues. I was promoted to senior counsellor in approx. 2010 and became a supervisor.
I have attended very many training courses on various topics including CfD (the Counselling for Depression training recommended by NICE) and CBT; I have trained in solution-focused therapy and attended courses on various issues which affect people's mental health, such as addiction and relationship problems.
Most recently, I have gained a Diploma in Relationship Counselling (with distinction) and am happy to see people together if they are experiencing relationship difficulties.
I gained a Diploma in Integrative Supervision in May 2013.
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
I always offer the initial interview free of charge (unless expenses such as room hire are incurred) because I believe it is important to ensure compatibility before beginning work.
After that, I normally charge £20 per 50-minute session plus expenses (e.g. if I offer any printed materials). For supervision, each 50-minute session costs £30 with special rates for students or those on low incomes.
I am very anxious that clients should feel the benefit of counselling. I welcome feedback, and regularly review the work with clients. I am happy to suggest alternatives if therapy doesn't seem to be working out well.
When I first meet someone, I will endeavour to be honest about whether I think therapy will help: it isn't always right for everyone and I don't want to waste your time or money.