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Hello and welcome! Thank you for choosing to find out a little about me and what I offer as I really do appreciate that choosing the right counsellor for your particular needs and concerns is so important.
Before I trained as a counsellor I was a nurse for many years working in Intensive Care, Day Surgery and Pain Management. I had used counselling as a way through difficulties a couple of times and only became interested in counselling as a career during a time of physical ill health. I am a Doctor in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Psychological Trauma) and a registered and accredited member of the BACP (MBACP Accred) which means that as a counsellor I follow an ethical and professional code of practice. I am also a Breathworks trained Mindfulness and Meditation teacher listed with British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). I am also a fully qualified yoga teacher and I'm happy to explore the therapeutic use of yoga in our work.
How do I work?
As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself better than anyone else, and that you hold your own answers and inner resources to deal with your difficulties. I will not tell you what to do! My role is to work alongside you in discovering what your resources may be through exploring issues and talking about how you feel, behave and think. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!
I work with individuals for as many or as few sessions as they would like, or we can agree a fixed number and review it.
Some individuals prefer a more structured approach to counselling with small, agreed challenges to achieve outside of therapy- a more "problem-solving" approach to their difficulties. I can also offer that as a way of working.
The therapy can take place at either the Wrexham or Farndon, Chester locations, in my virtual counselling room via Zoom/Skype/Telephone or we can meet outside for Walking Talking Therapy. I am also able to offer more creative approaches in therapy by incorporating mindfulness and/or Yoga into counselling work. Movement affects our mood and emotions, and I am happy to explore using yoga therapeutically as stand alone sessions or integrated with in counselling work. Mindfulness and yoga are also offered as separate stand alone services to meet your particular needs and concerns on a 1to1 basis or via group classes.
I practice meditation and mindfulness and have completed teacher training in a mindfulness- based approaches to managing pain, stress, and illness through Breathworks. I am happy to explore this with you if this is an area of interest. I can offer mindfulness as part of personal therapy, as stand alone sessions and offer 8 week courses on mindfulness for health (pain management) and mindfulness for stress. I am listed with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA). Please contact me for current pricing of 8 week courses.
For the next 8 week mindfulness courses (health and stress) please contact me directly or more information is available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk) and for information on Breathworks please go to: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk.
Drop-in meditation group (for all levels) is the 4th Wednesday evening of the month in Wrexham. More information, costs and dates for the year are available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk).
I am a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher running weekly classes in Wrexham (for all levels) for more details contact Kim.
Why have a private 1:1 yoga session?
Private yoga sessions are a great way to get started with yoga perhaps if you want to learn some basics before joining a class, work on a particular pose or asana, if you are recovering from an illness or injury or if there is a specific need or concern. Or perhaps you are a yoga teacher wishing to develop your own practice.
Private sessions are totally bespoke being tailored to your identified wants and needs so you can get the most benefit possible. You will receive your individual session plan with detailed instructions for you to practice at home. It may a one-off session or perhaps you would prefer to meet fortnightly or monthly (or whatever works for you) to work progressively towards your goals. Sessions typically include movement, breath work, meditation and relaxation with the particular mix guided by you.
Sessions can take place live on zoom or in person at Aptitude Health and Fitness, Farndon CH3 6QP. The initial session lasts 75-90 minutes to include time to talk through your needs and health concerns over a cuppa. This may also include an assessment of your posture and range of movement. Thereafter sessions last 75 minutes. There is usually a 30-45 minute yoga practice (the postures or asanas) with breath work and meditation/relaxation to close. You can ask questions at any time throughout the sessions and with your consent there will be hands-on assistance within the postures or asanas.
Counselling, Where do I work?
I work in Wrexham at S. W. Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn Business Park (the rugby club) Wrexham LL13 9TY, and this room has facilities for disabled access including a wheelchair accessible toilet. The room is on the ground floor and there is a small waiting area. I can see counselling clients here as well as those wishing to explore mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
I am also pleased to announce that I am available to work with you at Aptitude Health & Fitness, Monument Place, Churton Road, Farndon, Chester CH3 6QP. There is a comfortable waiting area/cafe and plenty of car parking including disabled spaces. There is disabled access and wheelchair accessible toilets. The room is on the ground floor. I can see counselling clients here as well as Compassionate Yoga 1:1 and Mindfulness & Meditation clients.
Although you can choose the location that best meets your needs, if no preference of location is stated at time of booking I shall meet with you at S.W. Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn Business Centre, Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham LL13 9TY.
Alternatively, I can offer telephone or Zoom/Skype counselling and WALKING TALKING THERAPY (at a mutually agreed location, following an initial meeting in one of my consulting rooms or online through zoom/Skype.
Is there any Disabled access?
Yes, at S.W. Physiotherapy. There are no steps to enter the building and the floor is vinyl up to the consulting room which has a low pile carpet. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet. Please be aware that there is a series of three fire doors to access the clinic, I can open these for you and consulting rooms are all on ground level.
Yes, at Aptitude Health & Fitness. There are no steps to gain entry to Aptitude Health & Fitness and the floors are vinyl or tiles. There are wheelchair accessible toilets and consulting rooms are all on ground level.
Walking Talking Therapy locations will be mutually agreed, taking into consideration mobility, car parking and other facilities.
Do I speak Welsh?
I am not a Welsh speaker.
Training, qualifications & experience
What counselling training have I had?
I hold a MA in Clinical Counselling which is strong in the theory and practice of counselling. Clinical and professional placements allowed me to work as a "counsellor in training" over the last two years of the course and I was rigorously assessed in my counselling work with individuals.
Since qualification I undergo regular training and development such as Trauma therapy and couples counselling. I hold a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Psychological Trauma) and my thesis was about persistent pain and self-concept over time.
As an accredited counsellor, my practice has been deemed to meet the BACP's higher standard of work as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What counselling experience do I have?
In the NHS I have worked in a doctors surgery and Staff Support in an NHS Trust. I have also worked as a counsellor within a university and am a Student counsellor in a college. These settings have exposed me to a wide variety of individuals with a diverse range of difficulties. These individuals also chose to work in many different ways. The difficulties I have worked with is wide ranging and some of them are listed below. Broadly speaking, issues included relationship and family concerns; gender or sexuality issues; trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); bereavement and loss; low self esteem; work/study concerns and chronic pain.
My nursing experience is invaluable to me as a counsellor as I have a working knowledge of many medical conditions and medicines which has meant that previous clients can talk about their concerns rather than feel the need to explain their condition. Also, my nursing experience and personal experience of chronic pain allows me great insight into how it may be for my clients with long-term health conditions and/or chronic pain.
I have experience of working with many different problems and difficulties and if you do not see your concern listed please contact me (without obligation), it may be that I can work with that and have not included it here. I am also happy to introduce Mindfulness and/or Yoga into our work.
What qualifications do I hold?
I have included here the qualifications I feel are most useful and directly related to my work as a counsellor.
Professional Doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Psychological Trauma)
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (500hours)
Medicine Woman (shamanic course working with energy) 3/5 modules
Compassion Focused Therapy (Advanced Clinical Skills)
Rewind Trauma Therapy
Moving your Practice Online (Online Therapy Training)
Compassion Focused Therapy (Introduction)
Psycho-spiritual Shamanic Therapeutic Practitioner
EFT Level 1
Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher
MA Clinical Counselling;
Trauma Therapy; Certificate in Therapeutic Couples Counselling;
Basic and Intermediate Counselling Skills;
Post Graduate Diploma in Pain Management;
BSc (HONS) Health Studies;
Diploma in Higher Education Nursing Studies (Adult).
I am a member of the BACP (MBACP Accred) which means that I am a member of the counselling governing body, the BACP. Furthermore, having completed a rigorous accredited training course, I am also on the BACP Register and have undergone further work to achieve accreditation status. This means that I am approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care; I meet added professional requirements to maintain my place on the register as an accredited member, so you can be assured that I sustain high levels of personal and professional development and supervision.
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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
Pain management, Chronic pain, Persistent pain
Long-term illness and long-term health conditions, fibromyalgia, fatigue, long covid
Chronic ill health
£37.00 - £50.00
Concessions offered for
There is a FREE 15 minute initial telephone consultation, please contact me to schedule this in.
The fees are reviewed annually, and were increased August 1, 2022:
- Aptitude Health & Fitness, Farndon is £50 per session, or £37 for concessions (evidence of benefits, current student status or similar).
- SW Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn is £50 per session, or £37 for concessions (evidence of benefits, current student status or similar).
- The fee for Zoom, Skype or Telephone sessions are £50 or £37 for concessions (evidence of benefits, current student status or similar).
- For Walking Talking Therapy, the cost is £40.50. We would usually meet at one of the above locations to discuss this further before embarking on the great outdoors.
I kindly ask for payment of the full fee due, before our scheduled appointment. Payment of this fee enables me to secure the room and my time for our use.
- Clients must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice if unable to come to the scheduled appointment, or if there is a need to change it. With less notice it is difficult for me to fill this appointment time resulting in a loss of income to myself and the room we were due to use still has to be paid for.
- Cancellation within 48 hours (until 24 hours) will result in a 50% charge being applied (i.e. 50% of the prepaid fee will be returned to you, the other 50% retained by myself to meet my expenses in terms of time and room hire).
- If you give 24 hours or less notice to cancel your booking-or if you do not attend-the total fee is non-refundable.
- Please be aware that the notice period for cancellation is Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
How and when to pay.
- Face-to-Face meetings:
Fees are payable before each session, and can be paid as cash, cheque or electronic bank transfer (details available on request). I am also happy to receive Debit or Credit Card payments or PayPal payments (use link on my website) and I will need to see that payment has been made before our session commences.
Zoom, Skype or Telephone: Fees are payable before each session, and can be paid as cash, cheque or electronic bank transfer (details available on request). I am also happy to receive Debit or Credit Card payments or PayPal payments (use link on the "fees" page of my website) and I will need to see that payment has been made before our session commences.
When I work
Please make contact to arrange a mutually convenient date/time. I do not work weekends and have a last appointment time commencing around 5:30PM to 6PM.
Each session lasts 50-60 minutes. The first meeting is usually termed an "assessment" and gives us the opportunity to look at your concern/s and decide if we can work together. The assessment is also where you can find out more about counselling, and identify what you want to achieve. We can also talk about some more practical things around our working together which is usually termed "contracting". This is about things like missing or cancelling sessions and other "housekeeping" type things.
If you have children, it may be more useful to you to have someone else care for them during our meetings.