Online Counselling/Psychotherapy available via Zoom or Skype. Based in Warrington,Cheshire, I am a highly qualified therapist with a PhD in Counselling and MSc in Clinical Counselling. As an experienced BACP Registered and Accredited Person-Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I am bound by the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. I am also a qualified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Regulation) UK & Ireland Level 3 and a Clinical Supervisor trained at postgraduate level.
I provide a safe, professional and confidential talking therapy service for individuals, couples and families. My therapeutic work is influenced by the Person-Centred Approach based on the principles of acceptance, empathic understanding and genuineness. This approach provides people with the opportunity to create significant and lasting change for themselves.
My therapeutic experience over the past ten years includes work in a university counselling service, national and independent not for profit organisations, and an occupational health department of a city hospital. I have a wide-ranging knowledge of how the mind and body respond to traumatic events and a lot of experience working with domestic violence, sexual abuse, self-harm, anxiety, stress and depression, childhood associated issues, obsessive compulsive tendencies, relationship difficulties, stress, grief, loss and overwhelming emotions.
I have published in Illness, Crisis and Loss, and in 2017 contributed a regular, monthly Research into Practice feature in the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's monthly magazine Therapy Today. I was Managing Editor of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research and a Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader in Counselling in Higher Education. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and until recently an external examiner at Salford University. This combination of skill set, and expertise, gives me the edge when helping people with complex needs from all walks of life
Training, qualifications & experience
- Qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Regulation) practitioner UK & Ireland
- Ph.D. A Co-operative Inquiry into Counselling and Psychotherapy Trainers’ Inter and Intra-Personal Concerns and Challenges in a Higher Education Context
- M.A. (Distinction) Clinical Counselling
- Registered Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (MBACP Accred.)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Postgraduate Certificate (level 7) Clinical Supervision
I specialise in providing help with anxiety/panic attacks, depression, trauma, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, bereavement, childhood associated issues and self-harm. I have attended workshops on a wide range of issues: sexual violence; child protection basic awareness; trauma; somatic trauma; domestic violence; sex, gender and sexuality; group work and group facilitation; counselling suicidal clients; introduction to gestalt therapy; existentialism; and the challenge of relational depth in therapy.
I have written and presented on a wide variety of topics such as: mental health, criminal victimisation and epistemic injustice; twenty-first century predicaments; student counselling; violent offenders; workplace issues; therapy processes; reflexivity; and counselling training.
I am an external examiner for several counselling programmes, and have been a peer reviewer for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and Illness, Crisis and Loss. I was also a lay member of Stockport Safeguarding Board and a co-opted member of Stockport Child Sexual Exploitation Forum.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
* Personal development
* Managing relationships in the workplace
* Performance-related issues at work
* Medico-legal treatment
* Family issues
£60 per therapy session for individuals (50 minutes)
£70 per therapy session for couples (60 minutes)
£80 per therapy session for couples (75 minutes)
£30 per individual for group therapy sessions.
£70 per EMDR session (60 minutes)
£105 per EMDR session (90 minutes)
As an experienced, professional therapist, I work with couples to help them find a resolution that allows for the cultivation of trust, love and open honesty in the relationship. Often, hurt can be hard to overcome, and compromises have to made if one partner has betrayed the trust of the other.
With my guidance and advice, couples can listen to one another and communicate their emotions without falling into arguments. This safe, non-judgemental space means that a resolution can be worked towards. After our time together in therapy, couples can find their unique path to closure, whether that is jointly or ultimately apart from one another.
Young Adult Support
If you are the parent of a young adult or you’re a young adult seeking support, therapy can be the most beneficial solution. With guidance founded on experience in working with a range of clients, both young and older, I can give you the tools and confidence to understand your thoughts, find acceptance and feel emotionally stronger.
It can often be hard to speak to your loved ones about your struggles as you fear that they might see you in a different light or make it their responsibility to ‘fix’ you. In therapy sessions, I can offer you the young adult support that you need in a confidential environment, and work towards a solution that is designed entirely for you.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR therapy is an effective treatment for trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and relieving psychological stress; particularly for people struggling to talk about past experiences. EMDR is also increasingly recommended for depression, phobias and low self-esteem