Do your thoughts and feelings overwhelm you at times? Do you feel low or anxious; are you experiencing panic attacks, feeling exhausted, no motivation, tearful or struggling to concentrate? Sometimes our uncomfortable feelings are linked to an individual event or experience. Sometimes an accumulation of things can build up over the years and we suddenly hit a tipping point. There are also times when we just feel terrible but have no idea why.
We can all experience these feelings at times as life throws us many challenges. However, some challenges can impact on us in such a way that we find it hard to move forward. It can also be really hard to talk about our feelings to those around us so we learn to hide them. This can leave us feeling even more isolated and with the belief that no one will understand. It can be really hard to carry all this stuff alone.
If this sounds like you, then maybe counselling is something to consider. It's a great way to explore and unravel your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential space. Counselling can be a huge step towards self awareness and personal growth.
If you'd like to seek support please give me a call or email so we can arrange a time to talk and establish if I'm the right counsellor for you. I can offer you online or telephone counselling, so no travel required.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling which I gained in 2014. I'm registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethics and principles. I complete ongoing training for my personal development. My experience has shown me that counselling can bring about huge change and this motivates me to continue to learn and grow in my profession.
I have a wide range of experience in supporting clients with:
Bereavement and anticipatory grief.
Anxiety and panic attacks, depression & suicidal feelings.
Coping with life changes and transitions.
I have a specialist interest in involuntary childlessness (see below for more detail).
Loss of self identity or feeling lost.
Low self esteem/confidence & trust issues.
My most recent employment was with Tyneside and Northumberland Mind providing counselling on an Employment Assistance Programme for Newcastle Council. Prior to this I worked as a Counsellor at Newcastle University and also at a local Sixth Form College.
I have also worked as a Community Wellbeing Officer in a Social Work team for 21 years. This role has given me a wealth of invaluable experience in working with people and supporting them through difficulties times. I have a wide range of knowledge and understanding of the issues we can face in life from this role. I feel this has greatly supported me as a 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
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
On average 1 in 5 women are childless in the western world with about 10% childless by choice. These numbers are growing due to many factors.
In our society we all know that having children changes everything but few know that not having them does too.
Many women experience huge feelings of grief and loss in the realisation that they’re not going to be a mother. They’re often left questioning their identity and role in life. Some women are left wonder how they’ll navigate their future which can also raise fears about ageing without children. All of this can have a profound effect a persons wellbeing, confidence, motivation, self image and self belief.
Research shows that involuntary childlessness can be a painful and isolating experience. The grief is often disenfranchised as the loss isn’t recognised by those around them. This can lead to feelings of isolation, anger and despair which adds to the sadness that's already being carried. It can also impact greatly on relationships with partners, friends, family and colleagues.
If you're in this situation counselling can be helpful as it’s a means to honestly explore your thoughts and feeling with a person you can trust. I’ll provide you with a supportive and safe place to talk and will encourage you gently to let those feelings out, as carrying them around every day can be so difficult and exhausting. Counselling is also a place that allows you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and this can be empowering in helping you to find your way forward. I’m interested in your story and will support you with warmth, kindness & empathy.
£40.00 per session
I offer online or telephone counselling and charge £40 per hour.
My working days are Monday and Saturday.
Please feel free to contact me anytime by phone 07385 293381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal chat to consider if I'm the right counsellor for you. I'll always do my best to get back to you asap.
Mob: 07385 293 381
I offer online or telephone counselling sessions.