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Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP, DPC

About me

Hello, I know looking for a therapist can be daunting. If we work together, you can expect our sessions to be warm, approachable, and jargon-free. When it comes down to it, counselling is about having a meaningful conversation about the things that are most important to you.

I offer a confidential, non-judgmental space where you can be yourself and work through what’s on your mind. We can work together for a small number of sessions, or something longer-term.

Counselling is all about helping you to unpick and overcome the things that are making you feel stuck. I won’t tell you what to do, or make decisions for you. I’ll do a lot of listening and some gentle questioning. We’re in this together.

Being a therapist doesn't give me all the answers - I’m a work in progress too, and life can always throw the unexpected into the mix.

But, in my experience, counselling can be moving, challenging, thought-provoking, and freeing - no matter what stage of life we’re at, or how settled or ‘messy’ we feel.

If this chimes with you, chances are we would work well together.

You can find out more about me on my website: www.goodplacetherapy.com

How counselling can help

You might feel weighed down by low mood. Perhaps worry, anxiety, or stress feel too big to cope with. Maybe you keep finding yourself having the same problems in relationships. You could need to make a change, but don’t know where to start.

If any of this sounds familiar, first let me reassure you that you are not alone.

Secondly: no issue is too ‘trivial’ for counselling. If it’s bothering you, it’s worth talking about.

People have often told me that they feel silly for ‘making a fuss’, or for seeking counselling when ‘there are other people who are worse off’. But if life is becoming difficult and you’re finding it hard to manage, what better reason can there be?

Over the years, I have worked with people facing challenges such as low mood, anxiety, stress, loss, lack of motivation, relationship issues, grief, adapting to long-term conditions, and perfectionism.

My counselling approach

I draw on a variety of different approaches to suit each person and situation, but my core training is in Transactional Analysis (TA), which is based on an open and equal partnership between the client and the counsellor. 

TA helps us to explore the way that our life experiences and childhood shape the decisions we make, as well as the limitations we put on ourselves.

Counselling can help us to notice the way our decisions have shaped our lives, and give us the opportunity to make different choices.

I know first hand how powerful and life-changing therapy can be, as I’ve spent plenty of time in the ‘client chair’ myself over the years, as part of my training.

What to expect from the first session

The half-price initial consultation is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss what you are looking for from counselling, and to see whether we click. There’s no obligation to enter therapy with me after this session.

In the consultation, we will have a wide-ranging conversation about your history, what has brought you to counselling, and what you are hoping to get out of therapy.

If you decide to go ahead with therapy, all your counselling sessions are tailored to you and your goals. We’ll work at a pace that feels right for you, and I will check in with you regularly about how you feel it’s going.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (2020) - Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Registered member of BACP
  • Member of Northern Guild of Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Member of Newcastle Counselling Association
  • Registered with Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

Initial consultation (50 mins): £20
Therapy session (50 mins): £40

When I work

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Further information

My sessions are currently offered online.

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear, NE6

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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