During the COVID crisis I am offering online counselling and by telephone
Are you struggling but have no-one to talk to or who understands? Would you like space and time to be listened to with someone you can trust? I hope to create a safe place in which you can feel accepted, not judged, free to explore whatever you are finding difficult and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
I believe that having counselling can make a huge difference to your life as it has to mine. Everyone experiences problems in their lives and we all have times when we feel unable to cope and very alone. Sometimes too many difficult things happen at once and we can’t see a way out of confusion and pain. Counselling can really help at times like this. It is a way of helping you work out how to improve your life or cope better.
I am a person-centred counsellor and believe that you, the client, are of central importance. If provided with the right kind of support you can change and reach your potential. In a way it is like offering a relationship through pain, so you can feel accompanied, understood, prized and eventually more able to accept yourself.
The hardest thing is always to take the first step but it may be the best thing you could do! Please feel free to give me a ring or e-mail me for an initial meeting when we can see if this is for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor to Foundation Degree level and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), working to their Code of Ethics.
I have a wide range of experience working with clients referred by their doctors in GP practices as well as working for the organisation Mind. I have worked for the last 25 years as a Pharmacist in various healthcare settings and come to realise that often it is being listened to that helps as much as the medicine itself!
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
Fees are £45 per session, which will last 50 minutes.
Concessions may be available
I am based at Watson House in Morpeth town centre which is found beside the clock tower, only a short walking distance from public parking facilities. The closest car park is near the Riverisde Leisure centre just around the corner. Please see the map below.
I hold an enhanced CRB Certificate.