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BA (Hons) MBACP MSC counselling and psychotherapy

About me

Counselling is a confidential space to talk about and explore any issues that are causing you difficulty in your life. This can be something that has been troubling you for a while or something that’s happened recently. Whatever it may be, counselling is a talking therapy that lets you have time and space to explore.

I am a humanistic, person-centred counsellor which means that I believe you are the expert in your own life and that my role is to walk alongside you, helping you discover the strategies, tools and coping mechanisms that exist within you. I offer a totally non-judgemental space and the time is there to do what you want to with it; some weeks you may want to sit in silence, to work creatively to express yourself, to cry, to talk.

My desire is to understand and empathise with what you are going through, to give you as much time as you need to explore what’s going on for you and to work together to provide some answers. I use integrative methods as appropriate, so there may be times when it feels useful to use things from other counselling methodologies.

I work openly and honestly and aim to have a transparent relationship. We will have informal reviews, where we can both talk openly and safely about how things are going and if you are happy. A lot of the real work in therapy comes with being able to have honest conversations in a safe space.

I understand that it can feel overwhelming to ask for help. I aim to provide a relationship that is healing, helpful and equips you with the tools, greater understanding and knowledge of yourself to live your life in the way that feels best for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Experience in Anxiety, low self-esteem, Bereavement, Career coaching, Depression, Eating disorders, Grief work, Health related issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Relationships, Self-esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work-related issues.

I am an experienced therapist, and part way through a couples counselling additional qualification. Therefore, I can offer a reduced rate for couples counselling (£55 rather than £65) whilst I complete the final two months of my training. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£50 per session

Email me about concessionary spaces 

When I work

Weekday mornings and afternoons,  and evenings although they are mostly booked up. I offer pre-work and late evening appointments, as well as during the day.

Further information

What to Expect in the first session
I am able to offer a free 30 minute introductory phone call  for us to have an initial conversation and decide if we want to go ahead. It is really important that you feel comfortable, and absolutely ok if you decide not to go ahead. Counselling is an individual journey, and you usually know if you feel comfortable and safe. Equally, I will let you know if I don’t feel I am the right therapist for you as it is important we both feel we can work together.

It is preferable to do our first session face to face, but I understand this is not always possible due to busy lives and caring responsibilities and the current situation with COVID, so we can have a phone or a Zoom video call also. I am happy to work in the evenings and early mornings if this is helpful.

I usually explain a bit about the type of therapy I offer, how it might be to work together and what you can expect from me. Primarily, I aim to offer a safe and confidential space for you to talk about anything at all that you need to. Often, people like a bit of time and space to think about working together after an initial meeting, and that is no problem. I work at your pace and understand that it can be a big step to decide to start the counselling journey. If you feel happy and you would like to begin working together, we would fill in a simple contract together, go through some formalities around confidentiality and safeguarding and gather a little background information, we would then begin our journey together.

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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