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My aim as a counsellor is to provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment where you can explore anxiety, stress, trauma, painful experiences, loss, conflict, confusion or despair. I feel that a good relationship and humour are essential for counselling to be effective.
I Believe we are all unique individuals and as such we know our selves better than anyone else. In normal times we can manage our own lives and solve our own problems. However, there may be times when we feel stuck, in conflict, anxious, panicky, or have suffered loss. During these times it can help to explore these feelings and gain valuable insight into what is going on. This facilitates better ways of coping and finding the courage to change self destructive thinking and behaviour. I can help you to gain confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem enabling you to have a happier more fulfilling life.
As well as being a counsellor I am a mother a grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. I believe all of these relationships have helped me with my role as a counsellor.
I started my counselling career in 1986 after doing various basic counselling skills courses. I then volunteered as a listener on a children’s helpline. I have had many varied experiences since including workplace counselling and GP practices. I started my private practice, Caleidoscope Counselling Services, in 1999 and have had various contracts with large organisations as well as working with individuals.
I am a BACP ACCREDITED Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I gained a BSc (Hons) Psychology in 1996 and an MA in Counselling in 1997.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA in Guidance and Counselling - 1996 -97
BSc. (Hons) Psychology - 1993 - 96
Cert. - access to Higher education
Cert. in Supervision
Rape crisis training
Cert. in Bereavement Counselling
Basic counselling skills
Counselling and listening skills
Certificate in Alcohol misuse
As part of my private practice I had a contract with a large industrial company (Aker Kvaerner) doing occupational counselling, i worked with people suffering from anxiety, stress, depression or burnout often leading to issues of loss of self-esteem. I also had contracts with 2 further organisations, Stapleton International and DISC where I did occupational counselling. For each of these clients I also provided workshops and seminars in occupational stress awareness, management and counselling. I have designed and taught various short courses, including: Anger management and assertiveness courses, also various workshops for stress management, bullying, self-harm, and basic counselling skills.
I have taught counselling at all levels from basic counselling skills through Diploma to MA at Durham University. I learned many great lessons at Durham especially about team work, and support. My teaching at Durham involved not only lecturing and teaching skills but also supervision and facilitating personal development groups. I also taught NCFE accredited courses Levels 2 and 3 counselling skills and counselling theory at Northallerton College. The courses that I taught and developed include skills training, lectures on different orientations such as Person Centred, creative therapies, psychodynamic, Gestalt and cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling.
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BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can also offer NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and hypnotherapy.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individual counselling = £55 per hour
Couples counselling = £75 per hour
Supervision = £80 per 90 minutes
Hypnotherapy = £60 per hour
When I work
I am availableThursday and Friday's Times can be negotiated.
I now offer either telephone counselling and/or video counselling on What's App or messenger