It can often take a great deal of courage to approach a counsellor to ask for help, and can be a difficult decision to make, as it can mean that we are admitting to ourselves, and often others, that we need help.
If you decide to see me, I will offer you help and support as you try to work through the difficulties you are facing. However, I will not ask you to commit to lengthy contracts, and we will work together as your treatment continues to help you find the right way forward for you. I believe hope is one of the great gifts we have in life, and is there for us all to embrace, no matter what we have been through.
My area of special interest: is helping people who have problems, or think they may be developing problems with various substances or behaviours. These can include: alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, prescription or self-medication drugs and other dependence forming behaviours. I am also able to offer help for associated illnesses linked to the problem, for example, anxiety and mild to moderate depression.
I have several years experience in working with individuals and those who support them in their recovery, and believe that we are all unique, no two of us are the same, and therefore I value your experiences, respect you for who you are, whether you have a faith belief system or not, and your journey in life.
I use an Integrative Counselling approach. This brings together different elements of specific therapies, using elements from Person Centred, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy depending on the needs of the client. It is person centred, meaning that I believe that we are all unique and have great worth. I also believe that the therapeutic relationship between us is one where you can feel heard, understood and accepted, in a way that is non-judgemental and that you will experience me as genuinely interested in who you are and your journey in this relationship.
Both these models are directive and therefore can complement each other during the counselling process.
In directive counselling, the counsellor plays a more active role as a means to helping the person learn how to solve their own problems, without telling them what to do.
How Do You Get Started?
If you wish to find out more about what I can offer, please drop me an e-mail or phone me, and we can discuss if I feel I can help you.
Because counselling is very much a collaborative relationship, it also gives you a chance to work out if you feel I can help you.
If we both agree to meet, we'll arrange a session where I will carry out an assessment. This involves asking you a series of questions to help me build up a picture what has been happening in your life. This can sometimes be a little tiring, so feel free to ask for a short break during the session if you need one. The assessment is not a counselling session, this will happen at the second session if you chose to return.
At the assessment session we will agree how often we feel we should meet. This is usually weekly or fortnightly, but can be designed to suit your needs. Taking this next step can be a little scary, but that's okay. It's something we can look at together.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Psychology and Counselling
- Postgraduate Foundation in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- BSc Professional Development (Clinical and Pastoral Counselling Skills)
- Stop Smoking Practitioner
- Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Certificate in Management of Drug Misuse
- BTEC Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)
- Diploma in Health Visiting
- Certificate in General Nursing (RGN)
I have worked with a wide range of clients within the NHS, private practice and other settings. I worked as part of a team on a mental health helpline, giving skilled assistance to people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety with related disorders and low self-worth.
In hospital I held out-patient clinics for clients recovering from alcohol and other substance misuse problems offering sessions to help them with their recovery. And when working as a Health Visitor I would work with individuals and families who were trying to make a change to their lives.
I am a member of the following professional bodies:
- Registered Member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)
- Individual Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners (FDAP)
Areas of counselling I deal with
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I can see individuals for 1 to 1 counselling or coaching sessions.
Each session will last 45- 50 minutes.
My fees for counselling or coaching are:
- £35.00 for an individual for counselling or coaching sessions
- £25.00 for the initial assessment.
I can offer a few concessionary spaces for students and those on benefits.
It is important that an assessment is done to help both me and the client work out how I may be able to help.
This is a normal part of counselling, and will involve asking a series of questions to help me build a picture of why it is you are coming to see me.
On rare occasions it may mean signposting you to other services if I feel that the type of help you need cannot be offered by myself.
I am able to offer training for groups or organisations which can be tailored to specific needs.
For example: The training can cover areas such as:
This can include:
- What is alcohol and why is this important?
- Recognising signs of alcohol addiction/dependence.
- Some alcohol related illnesses.
- How much is too much?
- Why does alcohol affect us?
- Recognising signs of addiction/dependence.
- Types of addiction/dependence.
- Common risks associated with alcohol and drug use.
If you wish to ask any questions about the service I provide please phone me or e-mail and I will be only too happy to discuss it with you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursdays and Fridays: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Types of client