Do you struggle with anxiety? Are you often feeling stressed? Cant sleep for thinking? Would you consider therapy to assist you in moving forward in your life, to assist you to achieve your goals? We can use therapy to help us understand many things about ourselves and to work though any difficulties we may be experiencing. I totally appreciate the courage it takes to talk about these matters, and I respect that taking the first step towards counselling can be challenging. An initial phone call to discuss what is right for you may be the starting point.
I have over 25 years experience of working with individuals and couples, providing a non-judgemental space that will enable you to explore the issues you are finding difficult. Throughout this time I will support you on your journey to overcome the issues which are problematic for you.
Since qualifying as a counsellor many years ago, I have worked with thousands of clients with a variety of problems including: anxiety, stress, work related stress, living in domestic violence, relationship issues, bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, self harm etc. I am able to work in a time limited way offering focus to any work we do together or I can offer long term counselling. I believe you are the expert I see my role as supporting you in finding what you need from therapy.
I offer clinical supervision for counsellors and external supervision for team mangers.
My working life from 1995 until 2019 was based in Bradford West Yorkshire I was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic a registered charity which offered support to families whose lives had been affected by sexual abuse. I was humbled and honoured to receive an MBE in the Queen's 2018 New Years Honours List for this work.
The charity closed earlier in 2019 due to lack of funding which instigated me to move back to my home town of Blyth Northumberland.
I currently work as a counsellor and supervisor from my home in Blyth offering flexible appointments to suit busy lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 25 years experience of one to one work with clients, both through my job working in the area of sexual abuse, as well as vast experience in my private practice.
I have attended numerous training courses over the years covering a wide range of topics eg: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Couples Counselling, group work skills, solution focused therapy, anger management, domestic violence, working with drugs and alcohol, narcissism, somatic psychology etc.
From 2002-2005 I was a tutor at Bradford college facilitating the OCR in Counselling (similar to level 3 today). I have also developed and facilitated an in depth training course for counsellors covering the many issues surrounding sexual abuse.
I have facilitated many therapy groups and support groups.
I have worked with clients with a variety of issues including: sexual abuse, eating disorders, relationship issues, clients fleeing violence, clients suffering from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, PTSD, suicidal tendencies etc.
I also have a keen interest in working with couples.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I charge £45 per hour for individuals.
£65 per hour for couples.
£50 per hour for supervision.
I am available most weekdays and evenings. I do work some Saturday mornings.
I am keen to become established in the Blyth area offering counselling or coaching to clients who feel they need support to move forward with their lives.
I would like to assist you to explore any issues you feel you want to look at in a safe environment.
I offer a free 15 minute phone call for you to chat with me, ask me any questions you may have, and decide if you would like to meet when we can decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Counselling sessions are usually face to face and normally take place on a weekly basis, although other timescales may be discussed to fit in with your personal circumstances. Zoom or telephone sessions are also available.
I can be contacted via telephone or email. If I am unable to answer please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.