What do I need from my Counsellor? May I suggest as a starting point you would expect: honesty/ equality/ understanding/ respect/a non-judgemental attitude
How do we start? In a way that fits with your individual needs.
Counselling can be a unique and often difficult opportunity allowing you to make a difference. That said I have special interests in Relationship issues, Anxiety,Bereavement, Anger management, Work related issues, Post Traumatic Stress, Abuse issues, Couples issues. Also working with professionals in a mentor/ career support role.
Having successfully completed 24 years military service in the Army I am able to offer a broad range of experiences with increased empathic skills when dealing with some of the most traumatic situations including addiction,depression and anxiety. As a family orientated person I am able to offer a different perspective to many of life's difficult challenges, including family and couples conflicts, separation and divorce.
Also I have trained and gained qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused, Transactional Analysis and more recently as an Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner. I have also enhanced my training and Continuing Professional Development with specialist training in Supporting people in Domestic Abuse environments, Child Protection, Addiction/Substance Misuse (DANOS) and Learning Development (LDSS incl; careers) for young people and their families. All of the training undertaken has been proven as a field and case worker in a number of educational/career, community, domestic, group and individual support environments. The experiences and skills have been developed over a number of years Counselling Individuals, Groups, Families, Couples, Occupational Health and Palliative care environments. I am also currently undertaking supervision training and will potentially be offering a number of supervisee appointments as part of the qualification criteria.
Training, qualifications & experience
Grad Dip Counselling - MMU
Dip RSA (LDSS level 4) - Connexions CW
PG Cert Supervision - Macclesfield Counselling & Training Centre
Cert Counselling - Manchester Uni
Cert CBT - Chester Uni
NLP Practitioner - INLTA
DANOS (level 3) Substance Misuse supporting young people and their family - DAT
Solution Focused training - Connexions CW
Transactional Analysis Training - Connexions CW
Bereavement Training - St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice
Child Protection Training - Warrington BC and Cheshire CC
CAF Training - Warrington BC and Cheshire CC
Domestic Abuse training - CDAP level 1 and 2a (Cheshire CC)
Psycho sexual training (Hospice movement)
14 years Family support team St Luke's (Cheshire) hospice - Bereavement Counsellor
6 years key worker Connexions CW
5 years OH contract Counsellor
6 years Family work Counsellor
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£30.00 Individual fee - 50 min session
£35.00 Couples fee - 50 min session
£25.00 Student Counsellors - per hour
Professional Mentoring fee by agreement - per hour
Orgainsations/Contracts fees by agreement
Each session will be held in a comfortable and private bespoke counselling room in a discreet business located close to junction 16 of the M6 and the centre of Alsager. Normally for 50 minutes in a Counselling scenario and 1 hour in supervision/student counsellor/mentor situations
In addition to daytime sessions, early morning , evening and Saturday sessions are also available. Home visits by arrangement.