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Dip Couns; BA(Hons); MBACP Registered

About me

I offer Counselling for anyone affected by Cancer in the UK using Zoom, Telephone or Face-to-Face (Manchester only).

Cancer feels overwhelming. Whether you have cancer, or you are a loved one of someone with cancer, you are likely to be experiencing difficult and painful feelings, thoughts and emotions.

You may be angry, sad, scared or anxious. Maybe you are experiencing difficulties in your personal relationships or work life.

It can be a relief to talk to someone else, especially if you feel that you cannot share how you are feeling with friends or family. I will treat you with dignity and respect as you process what has happened to you and the challenges you face. By caring for your mental well-being, your quality of life, despite cancer, can improve as will your ability to cope with everyday life.

I am a qualified person-centred counsellor who is passionate about improving the quality of life for people affected by cancer. Person centred means that my role as counsellor is not to give you advice as I believe you know yourself better than anyone else. I will provide a safe, non-judgmental, empathetic space for you to openly and honestly explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions.

I have also been a person affected by cancer and work as a counsellor for Macmillan. I am able to bring this personal and professional experience and understanding to working with my clients in the following areas:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  •  Life after cancer
  • Terminal Illness
  • Bereavement

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified person centred counsellor who is passionate about improving the quality of life for people affected by cancer. Person centred means that my role as counsellor is not to give you advice as I believe you know yourself better than anyone else. I will provide a safe, non-judgmental, empathetic space for you to openly and honestly explore your feelings, thoughts and emotions.

I am a counsellor for the Macmillan Cancer and Information & Support Centre based at Wythenshawe Hospital. As part of this role, I provide a free counselling service (face-to face, telephone, online) to people affected by cancer including relatives and carers, some of whom have been bereaved.

My motivation to support the emotional wellbeing of people affected by cancer is driven by my own personal experience. During the illness and subsequent death of my husband in 2015 I undertook 2 years counselling. I therefore have first-hand experience of its potential to help people cope, overcome and deal with the emotional fall out of cancer. Being a counsellor fits my own belief systems and enables me to be able to support and be alongside clients on their personal journeys.  

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as part of my membership I must adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. In addition, I receive regular supervision where I discuss aspects of my work whilst maintaining the anonymity of my clients.

Qualifications

  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • How to do counselling online| The Open University and BACP
  • ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement Training Course| Macmillan Cancer Support
  • ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Concepts

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as part of my membership I must adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. In addition, I receive regular supervision where I discuss aspects of my work whilst maintaining the anonymity of my clients.

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

I offer weekly one-hour sessions which cost £45. I am able to offer daytime and evening sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Zoom or Telephone

I am able to provide counselling to anyone affected by Cancer in the UK using Zoom or Telephone. Not only is this as effective as face-to-face, but you may also find it easier to have the session in a familiar and convenient space that you have chosen. Some clients say they find it easier to talk about some things when they are not the in the same room as their counsellor (although this may not be the case for you).

Face to Face

If you live in Greater Manchester you may choose to have counselling face-to-face at my counselling room in Chorlton, South Manchester. There is free parking and access to toilet facilities. It is also easily accessible by tram or bus.

Assessment

I appreciate that counselling can be a daunting prospect so before you decide whether counselling is right for you we will have an assessment which lasts an hour. This is an opportunity for me to understand your needs better and to answer any questions you may have about counselling. You can decide whether you would like to do this face-to-face or over Zoom or the Telephone. This would cost £45.

Get in touch

I understand that making that first step towards asking for help can feel daunting. If you feel that counselling could help you, please feel free to contact me by email or phone. I will endeavor to get back to you within 48 hours and will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

I hope we can work together to help you resolve and cope better with all that cancer has thrown at you

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M21

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom