The aim of my site is to give you a brief introduction to myself and the kind of work that I do, to help you decide if counselling with me is right for you.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and have experience of working with both adults and children.
Therapy is a very personal process and many of us go through times in our lives where we need extra help and support. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult situations or sometimes both. It is not always possible to talk to family members or friends.
As a counsellor I aim to offer a warm, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore any issues/dilemma’s that may be important, upsetting or distressing to you at this present time.
I work as an integrative counsellor, which means that I combine ideas and insights drawn from different counselling theories in order to tailor my counselling sessions to the needs of the individual.
This approach supports my philosophy that each person is unique and therefore no one approach suits all. I believe that we all have the answers inside ourselves. We are our own specialists and have the potential for growth and change.
WHERE I WORK
My WHALLEY therapy room sits within the private grounds of Whalley Abbey.
Free parking within the grounds is available at all times. The setting is primarily; a private and peaceful room within the Abbey its self. My LONGRIDGE therapy room is situated in a quiet rural cul-de-sac. On site parking is provided at all times. My DARWEN practice is based at Serenity Counselling rooms based in the town centre of Darwen, there is parking directly across the road.
All my practises provide a space, in which you can discuss any worries or problems you may have without the fear of anyone else listening.
I am able and willing to consider both workplace and home visits within all areas of East Lancashire including Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen plus bordering areas including Todmorden / Hebden Bridge, Bury and the Ribble Valley.
I offer face to face counselling in a comfortable setting which is easy to access and discreet.
My private practices are situated within the grounds of Whalley Abbey and a quiet Cul-de-Sac in Longridge..
Both rooms provide a private place for therapy.
Parking is both private and easily accessible at both premise's.
WHEN CAN YOU COME
I offer flexible appointments to meet my client needs.
Appointments offered daytime, evenings and weekends.
Sessions are 1 hour, this allows time for your arrival and settling in time, 50 minutes therapy and time to check out before leaving.
Payment at the end of each session by cash or cheque.
A half hour consultation can take place by telephone and is free in order for you to decide if we can work together.
This consultation allows time for me to give you information whilst answering any questions you may have around issues you wish to bring to counselling.
If you decide my approach is right for you and we agree to continue, we would arrange a time and day to meet for your next session. There is no obligation to book further sessions and you will be free to go away and think things over before committing yourself to future work, but you will have taken the first step to feeling better again.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have achieved a FDA Degree in Counselling with Brief interventions. This incorporates:
- Person Centred
- Motivational Interviewing
- CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
- Solution Focused
- NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
I have experience in, and I am currently working with:
- Domestic Violence
- Relationship Issues
- Individual Children and Young Adults
- Group work with Children and Young Adults
- Self Harm
- Family Issues
Previously I have achieved qualifications in:
- Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Therapeutic Play and Creativity
- Degree in Counselling with brief interventions
My private practice includes working as a schools counsellor [5-16 years and adolescents 16-21yrs].
My training has included:
- Counselling Children and Adolescents
- Bereavement and Loss
- Issues around Domestic Violence
- Diversity and Difference
- Coping with bereavement and loss
- Group work with Children and Adolescents
- Equality and Diversity
- Self Harm
- Sexualised Trauma Training
- Safe Guarding both adults and children
An important aspect of being a counsellor is my own Continuous Professional Development, As a member of the BACP I work to the BACP Ethical Framework and listed below is a sample of some of the training courses I have attended:
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Self-Harm & Suicide Prevention
- Cultural Awareness
- Difference & Diversity
- Loss and Bereavement
- Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery
- Female Genital Mutilation
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual rate - £35
Discount for Students - £25 (with proof of student status).
Employee Assistance Programme rate - £35 per hour.
Telephone Counselling £35 per hour
Please feel free to phone me if you would like to ask any questions or make an enquiry.
My private working hours are Mon -Thurs 9am until 8pm. Fri and Saturday 9am until 4pm. Alternative times can be made available on request.
Why seek counselling?
Deciding to see a counsellor can be a difficult decision, but there is nothing to lose by coming to counselling and everything to gain.
As a counsellor I am trained to listen, I will not judge you, tell you what you must do or try to fix things. Instead I aim to offer you the space to untangle your thoughts and feelings in order for you to see your own way forward more clearly.
You may have been considering counselling for some time or you may be at a crisis point in your life; whatever has prompted your visit to my site today, I can assure you of my professional approach in every aspect of our counselling relations Counselling is a very individual experience. Counselling is a place where you can be yourself.
You can talk openly and honestly about your feelings without feeling you are being judged. It is a place where you can feel supported whilst you work through difficult or painful problems that you may find too scary to face all by yourself or feel unable to talk to family and friends about.
Counselling supports you to make changes in your life that you may not have wanted to do alone, allowing yourself to move forwards with your life.
Once we begin to 'accept' what is happening within our lives we can begin to move 'forwards', freeing us from being 'stuck' and working towards releasing some of the pain we are experiencing.
As a qualified Person Centred counsellor I am trained to listen, I will not judge you, tell you what you must do or try to fix things. Instead it is my aim to offer you the space to untangle your thoughts and feelings in order for you to see your own way forward more clearly.
I work with a person centred approach, which is based on the relationship between the client and the counsellor. I have no stake in your decisions or fixed opinions on how you should lead your life and I will remain non-judgmental, empathic and genuine at all times.
In our sessions you will find a space to talk openly, giving you the opportunity to express any thoughts, feelings or fears and I offer you a promise that I will work with you and assist you in exploring and understanding those issues, either in crisis or from a longer term, deeply embedded psychological problem.
I will help you to become more aware of your own coping abilities which in time can give you the confidence to deal with both present and future situations or minimise their effect, allowing you to live a more satisfying life. As you can see from the different courses and qualifications that I have gained over the years I do not specialise in one area and I have a wide range of experience in many different areas. I have come to understand from my clients that every person who attends counselling is dealing with some form of loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, a sense of trust, some part of that person has been lost, and the process of counselling is about understanding and having some acceptance of that loss to enable us to move forward.
We all experience difficult times in our lives when we may need some extra support.
These may include;
Individual issues - anger management, lack of confidence, depression, anxiety, stress, gender issues, addictive behaviours, self-harm or suicidal ideations.
Couple's issues - lack of effective communication, trust issues, jealousy or affairs.
Family issues - sibling rivalry, school issues - for e.g. bullying, truancy, step parent issues, teenage difficulties or bereavement,
Other issues I work with include; generalised anxiety disorder, addictions, bereavement, abuse, eating disorders, work related stress, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and mental health conditions.
We will take things at 'your' pace, with no pressure. Many times just having someone to talk to and make sense of things can be beneficial by itself, other times different approaches can be used.
Person Centred counselling, means that clients are encouraged to find their own solutions to any issues or problems they have, with my full support. As a therapist I will help you to explore your feelings in a safe and confidential environment and help with any difficult decisions you may have to make.