Hi. Are you looking to find someone to talk to who isn't a friend or family member? Are you anxious or depressed? Do you have a problem with a relationship? Have you lost someone close to you or are you struggling with an addiction? If so, maybe I can help.
I offer a caring, respectful, sensitive and non-judgemental counselling service that can help you through a difficult period of your life. Counselling offers the chance to talk things through, in confidence, so that with support you can work out the best way forward for you.
I have many years of experience of supporting individuals and couples with anxiety and depression, addiction problems, relationship issues, work related stress and burnout, bereavement, spirituality, sexuality/gender and self/identity issues.
Each client I work with is unique and as such counselling is tailored to individual need. Some clients will need only one or two sessions to help whereas others may prefer to work over a longer time frame.
How do we start?
Your first session is a "getting to know you" session. This gives you the opportunity to consider whether we can work together. It is important for you to feel comfortable with me and that you have the space you need in order to talk through the concerns that are distressing you.
The first session is also used to talk together about what you want to achieve from counselling and how best we can work towards this.
Your Counselling Sessions
Counselling sessions last for one hour. This is your time to discuss what is on your mind. As an integrative counsellor, (meaning I work with a variety of approaches based on your need), while I do not give advice or tell you what to do, I may suggest exercises, activities or resources to help you find the right way forward for you.
We all have busy lives these days, and I understand that it is not always practical or easy to make time to travel to my counselling room. Therefore after the initial session, and if it is felt to be appropriate I can offer counselling via Skype, Facetime or phone.
As your counsellor, I will regularly review your needs with you so that we can jointly assess progress and what further action, if any, may be needed.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 10 years in Private Counselling Practice - individuals, older adults and couples
- 20 years NHS experience
- Couples and Relationship Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural and short term therapy - through Employee Assistance Programs
- Counselling Supervisor
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Advanced Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision
- Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Diploma in Addictions Counselling
- Critical Incident Diploma
- Workplace Mediation Certificate
Registered / Accredited
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual - £40.00
Couples - £50.00
Supervision - £45 per 1-1/2 hours
Reduced rates available for student counsellors seeking personal therapy or supervision.
Contract and organisations - fees by negotiation
Available Mondays and Fridays 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.
Available Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Comfortable and private counselling rooms in the centre of Alsager, Cheshire.
Skype sessions by arrangement
Early morning, and evening sessions available.