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MBACP, Acc. NCS

About me

I am an experienced counsellor, working with both individuals and couples.

My counselling work is integrative and I bring a mainly humanistic approach to my clients needs.

My couples therapy brings my extensive Relate training to my practice and is enhanced by my humanistic and systemic base.

I offer a safe confidential counselling service in the heart of Marsden, where clients can relax and feel supported in their therapeutic process. Many people begin counselling when they meet problems and issues in their lives that are difficult to navigate on their own. Some may wish to change something in their life, develop better self-awareness or improve their confidence. I believe that Counselling should be a safe space which allows a person  or couple to explore thoughts and feelings in more depth and to face the difficult emotions and experiences that life can bring.

Couples counselling offers a safe and confidential space where, together with the support of a Counsellor you can explore any issues that are currently affecting your relationship. Many couples begin counselling when there is a significant event in their life or when they become unsatisfied with each other.  It could be a breakdown in communication or trust between you or an increase in arguments or conflict that brings to seek the support of a Counsellor to discuss the issues in a calm, supportive environment and to work on better communication.

As a supervisor of counsellors, I work with counsellors to support their practice and development ensuring safe ethical counselling for clients. I work with students and graduates across a range of Humanistic modalities, including Person Centred, Systemic, Integrative and Psychodynamic.

I have recently worked as a counsellor and supervisor at Guernsey Bereavement Service and I continued to provide supervision for the service online and with regular visits, supporting  the students through their training to level 5.

I currently work for a relationship counselling charity based in Huddersfield.

I am also currently working in private practice in Marsden near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

I have had 25 years experience as a complementary therapist and I also trained as a midwife 15 years ago. I believe my experience of working with people, their health and their emotional needs brings a well rounded approach to my counselling work.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 2016 - Diploma in relationship counselling Level 5 CPCAB
  • 2015 - Advanced diploma in counselling supervision Level 7 NCS Accredited
  • 2013 - Diploma in counselling Level 5 NCS Accredited

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling Society

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual counselling: £50 per 50 minute session

Couples counselling: £75 per 50 minute session with extended sessions available for relationship/couples therapy.

Supervision of fellow professionals: £50 per hour

Online individual counselling: £50 per 50 minute session.

When I work

Week days 11am to 9pm

Unit 4, 16a Peel Street, Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 6BW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations

Additional languages

Danish

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I bring a wealth of experience to my supervision practice, I am currently working with a charity in Guernsey supervising the counsellors and trainee counsellors.

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