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Sometimes people need a safe space in which they can "empty their head" and examine what's troubling them. Things may happen in life that leave you feeling uncomfortable, distressed or alone. I am a caring, professional, experienced counsellor who has worked in both short and long term contracts and I will work in a way that is compatible and beneficial to you. I do not believe in a "one size fits all" theory and I will tailor a number of different therapies to suit your needs. I provide a calm and confidential space for you to talk about and think through any troubling issues. I have a very down to earth attitude and many years experience of working successfully with a variety of different people.
My counselling beliefs are that the therapeutic relationship is essential in supporting and helping you to move forward and live a calmer and more fulfilled life. I strive to create a place in which you will feel supported to explore your thoughts and feelings and to offer comfort through challenging times. I feel passionately, that with the right support, people can live more comfortably and won’t feel so alone in times of upset and distress.
I am very experienced with working with students and can offer support to those who are on the learning journey. I have worked with a wide range of age groups and am able to offer a deep empathy and warmth to those who need a nurturing place.
At our initial appointment, we will assess your situation to ensure we can work therapeutically together, it is important to me that you feel comfortable to proceed with the counselling. After that, you may wish to work with me for a few weeks or months depending on circumstances, however, we can review this together on a regular basis. I understand that some people have many demanding commitments, which is why I offer day, evening and weekend appointments. I will try and get you an appointment as soon as I can, believing that someone in distress needs to be heard as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully insured member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and have an enhanced certificate with the Disclosure and Barring service. I am trained in the safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults and work ethically and safely with regular supervision. My working life has taken me down various paths: banking, retail and holistic therapist, currently my roles involve being a lecturer at a local college and a group facilitator and counsellor for a local counselling and training organisation.
Professional qualifications include:
- BSc Therapeutic Counselling Leeds Metropolitan University
- Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Huddersfield University
- Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills Park Lane College
I update my professional development regularly with training and workshops which enhances my practice and keeps me up to date with procedures. I have developed professionally over many years attending training in:
- Group work Skills
- Certificate in Rape Crisis Specialist Training
- Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Understanding Anxiety and Depression
- Assessing and Managing Mental Health
- Understanding Personality Disorder
- Skills for working with Adult Childhood Sexual Abuse survivors
- Sand Tray therapy
- Anger Management
- Safeguarding Adults
- Child Protection
- Enduring Mental Health Problems
- Mental Health first Aid for Armed Forces
- Diploma in Child Counselling
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
I have held a counselling role privately, within the NHS and with local charities.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Individuals £45 for 50 mins
Couples £55 for 60 mins
Payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
Concessions available please ask.
I work therapeutically with young people, helping them grow in self-esteem and develop emotional resilience. I can offer tailor made packages for people wanting 1-1 support with developing confidence, anger management and a range of other topics. I can also deliver group work training on many subjects relating to mental health, interpersonal skills and relational issues. I qualified in Hypnotherapy in 2009 and I integrate this knowledge and expertise into my counselling work, acknowledging the impact of the troubled mind on the body and the physical ailments resulting in this.
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