I have gained over 30 years of experience working as a clinician within the NHS, which I believe has given me a wealth of insight in talking to people with specific needs and helped me develop my psychotherapeutic counselling practice.
I have developed an online service available from anywhere you can video call from, which has run since March, to allow real contact and work to be achieved despite the dreadful effect that COVID-19 has had on support services such as Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The distress and even despair that can accompany complex emotional problems is exhausting, and recognition and acceptance of this is only the beginning of an experience that can lift and give hope to well looked after clients.
In my practice, I strive to provide the conditions which allow people with any type of psychological distress to find growth and healing.
Offering a safe environment free from judgement or pressure for results is central to who I am and the way I work and it is through this that I believe change can be achieved.
I work from a dedicated and comfortable therapy room built close to my home in Hexham. This space, that once was the heart of the practice, now houses the equipment that allows real contact. Professional sound equipment and high definition cameras allow us to escape the blurry echoing sound and vision of laptops and webcams and focus on making the space yours, just as it would be if we were in the same room. This allows the complete safety and conditions for us to explore the issues you wish to explore from a basis of equality, respect, empathy and understanding of what it’s like to be in this world.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the University of Warwick, first with a certificate in Counselling Skills, then moved on to a degree in Person Centred Counselling. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which provides a framework of ethics and responsibility within which I work. I am also a member of The British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA) which is my chosen way of working.
I have experience of working with people with physical disabilities, and life-altering neurological conditions, as well as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, life changes, drug and alcohol issues, issues surrounding sexuality and gender, and an interest therapy for performers, health anxiety issues and the general painful issues that can arise from the struggles of everyday life.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy for clients with chronic long term neurological disorders.
Therapy for performers.
Concessions offered for
I would usually advise that we should meet for a shortened (30 min) appointment at which I can understand your needs and also to get some idea if it would be appropriate for us to work together.
A full appointment is usually around 50 minutes in length and costs £45, however, I am willing to negotiate prices for special circumstances.
Working nationally online via most video call platforms