I am a qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR Practitioner, registered with the UKCP and the EMDR Association. I offer therapy tailored to the individual’s need and support people aged 18 and above.
I have experience of working with many issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, sleep problems, pain, ocd and phobias. For several years I have worked in a busy Rehabilitation Centre working with Firefighters and their families aswell as Prison Officers and Ambulance Personnel. Through this work, I fully appreciate the impact of injury, long term health conditions, pain, physical and psychological trauma.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means I draw on several modalities of therapy, those being Transactional Analysis, EMDR and Solution Focussed Therapy, and I also integrate Mindfulness and CBT techniques. Creative interventions may also be introduced and examples of these are writing, drawing, and models. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in therapy, and so being able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches enables me to tailor the therapy to your needs.
Mental health issues can have an impact on our daily lives affecting our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Daily worries can develop into longer term problems and seeking professional support can help you move through and beyond these.
I work in a non-judgemental and supportive way, giving you the protected space to explore your feelings and emotions and identify areas of change and goals. We work together aiming to achieve these, whilst I facilitate you in understanding thoughts and feelings.
One area which I am passionate about is the connection between mind and body and how they are intrinsically linked. Physical injury or a health condition can impact your mental health and mental health issues can manifest in physical issues if not addressed. So I work holistically exploring both mind and body.
As one of the only accredited EMDR Practitioners in Cumbria, I am eager to share the effectiveness of this therapy. I have helped clients work through trauma and to regain stability and peace using EMDR. The satisfaction and joy of seeing clients being relieved of intrusive memories, flashbacks, and distressing thoughts is something I will never tire of!
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a psychotherapy which has been proven to be effective in treating trauma and is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When we experience traumatic events, we can relive the distressing thoughts and feelings involved and can feel stuck or helpless.
EMDR aims to help ‘process’ these memories and reduce the impact. We can’t change what has happened but we can change how we react to those incidents.
EMDR is very effective for the following:
• Childhood abuse/neglect
• Road traffic accidents
• Surgical trauma
• War related experiences
• Work related experiences
• Stress, depression, anxiety
• Obsessive, compulsive disorder
• Performance anxiety
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc In Integrative Psychotherapy
Accredited Practitioner in Eye Movement & Desensitisation Therapy
Diploma in Psychotherapy
Postgrad Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
As part of the requirements of my Professional Bodies (UKCP, EMDR Association) I undertake regular clinical supervision and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Therapy is offered in Askham and Penrith.
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
Counselling & Psychotherapy £50
(EMDR sessions may be longer by arrangement)
To book a therapy session, arrange a free call or email to ask any questions about counselling or psychotherapy, please contact me on 07761 621874 or by email as above.
I also offer training sessions and workshops on the following topics:
Sleep - issues and how to improve sleep
Mind Body Synergy
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|