Counselling can be helpful in many aspects of your life, whether you are suffering from a loss of confidence or low mood, or if you have experienced a trauma or loss in life. Many people seek counselling to develop a better understanding of themselves, which can sometimes be difficult in our ever increasingly busy lives.
I aim to provide an empathic and understanding relationship in which we can work together to explore what is happening for you, what you may be finding difficult or what you wish to achieve. This may help to resolve what it is you have struggled with and provide you with a better quality of life.
I can offer both short term and longer term therapy. The course your therapy will take will be decided by you and it can be reviewed and adapted as you feel your needs change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling and I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP.
I hold an honours degree in Psychology (BSC), and have over 9 years experience providing psychotherapeutic counselling.
Working from a humanistic approach I provide counselling primarily though Transactional Analysis which helps us understand how we interact with those in our lives, how these relationships can be enriched and changed for the better, and gives us a better understanding of ourselves.
Within this I also utilise Gestalt and CBT approaches depending on your needs. I also offer some more creative forms of therapy such as the use of sand tray, imagery and metaphor to help to communicate what it is not possible to put into words.
I have completed the Couples Therapy qualification from the Tavistock Relationships Centre which focuses on the many causes of disharmony within relationships, specialising in the role which depression can play in this.
I have experience working with...
- Bereavement and loss
- Anxiety and panic disorder
- Self Esteem
- Relationship issues
- Issues surrounding gender and sexuality
- Issues surrounding eating (anorexia, bulimia, overeating)
- General life counselling
I work to the code of ethics of the BACP. I am fully insured and hold a current and valid CRB certificate.
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
I also offer a general life counselling for you if you wish to make sense of your life and your experiences.
With so much technology around and so many media forums to communicate with each other it is possible to lose who we are and where we fit into the world. Counselling is often viewed as a place where people bring their problems and difficulties, but it can also be a place to discover your sense of self, who you really are and what you want out of life.
Whether you have a difficult decision which you are struggling to make, if you have gone through a big change in your life (retirement, move into a new area, become a new parent), or if you are dissatisfied with some aspect of your life, then counselling can provide you with a place in which you can explore any aspect of your self or life you wish to understand more fully.
If you are struggling with University life counselling can provide you with support if you feel you are overworked, tired, stressed or finding it difficult to adapt to life away from home.
If you feel you simply need someone to talk to then counselling can offer you a safe and non-judgemental environment for you to explore any issue you wish to explore. No problem is too small or too big to share.
I offer counselling sessions within Northumberland Square Therapies which is located in North Shields (five minute walk from North Shields Metro station), parking is available outside the building.
Individual counselling sessions will be £40 each, Couples therapy £60 per session. Therapy sessions will last around 50 minutes. The initial session may last longer but there will be no extra charge for this.