I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP in practice in Newcastle upon Tyne/Longbenton.
Many people have periods during their lives when they feel distressed, overwhelmed, unhappy or anxious. Sometimes this passes quickly or can be overcome with support from friends or family, but at other times it can be helpful to talk things through with someone. Counselling is a regular time when you can speak about whatever you want – your life, health, relationships, sexuality, past trauma or losses – and to have someone give you their full attention. Or you might come because you feel vaguely unhappy, or lost, or dissatisfied, but can’t put a finger on why. Counselling can be an exploration of your life, patterns you see in it, and how you came to be who and where you are.
Equally, many people come to see me with a specific problem. Therapy can be helpful for people struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders, addictions and a whole host of other psychological and social issues. My areas of particular experience are eating disorders and other forms of distress around food and weight, self harm, trauma and dissociation. I have considerable experience of supporting people with dissociative identity disorder. While I have training in approaches which can be helpful with specific issues, such as EMDR and motivational interviewing, I believe that my main aim as a therapist is to be a safe, supportive, non-judgemental human being, rather than an expert technician.
I welcome and aim to practice in an affirmative way with clients who identify as gender or sexually diverse, including but not limited to people who identify as one or more of binary or non-binary trans, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and poly.
Counselling can be short or long term. As I’ve gained experience, I’ve gradually ended up working with more people who have longer term difficulties, often relating to trauma, and want ongoing therapy. I am however happy to see people who would rather have a time limit set.
I do my best to tailor my support to your needs. If you feel from my description that this way of working might be something you are interested in, please get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
I began training as a counsellor in 2009 and finished my professional qualification in summer 2013, but I volunteered in the area of eating disorders for over a decade before qualifying. Between 2010-2018 I was (variously) a trustee, general campaigner, public speaker and counsellor for NIWE Eating Distress Service, a small charity local to Newcastle. I think my favourite non-counselling role with them was going into local schools and colleges to speak about eating disorders to staff and students. I was also been involved in setting up a group for people in recovery, and working with parents and carers of children with eating disorders.
Alongside this I really enjoy working with young people, and my second placement during my counselling training was at a local high school. I worked a lot with students struggling with self harm, bullying and abuse, anxiety and depression.
I am really enthusiastic about education and training. After qualifying in summer 2013, I graduated from a course designed to 'top-up' my foundation degree to a full Bachelor of Arts degree in summer 2014, and subsequently completed two Masters in psychology and research methods. I have recently finished training in EMDR, and have also attended a variety of training days on trauma, abuse, attachment difficulties, and dissociation/dissociative disorders.
2017: MRes Psychology with Distinction - Northumbria University
2016: MSc Psychology with Distinction - Northumbria University
2014: BA (Hons) Counselling with First Class Honours - University of Sunderland
2013: Foundation Degree in Counselling with Commendation - University of Sunderland
2011: Level 3 in Counselling Skills and Theory - NCFE
2006: University Certificate in Rehabilitation Studies - Bournemouth University
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
Disordered eating, eating distress
Sessions are £45 per hour. I do occasionally have concessionary places - these are currently all full, but do feel free to check with me.