No-ones life is perfect, challenges and obstacles land on us at any time and can often send us into confusion and chaos struggling to cope and find balance. At these times it can be hard to speak to others, we might feel they don't understand or we may find it hard to allow others to help, especially those closest to us. At times like this counselling can prove invaluable in helping to find a way through the maze of conflicting thoughts, beliefs and behaviours to a safe and clear pathway.
I am based at Pure Health in Barton upon Humber, within the Town Centre. There is free (time limited) on street parking, bus stops are close by and a train station is approximately a 15 minute walk away. It is in close proximity to the Humber Bridge, A15, Goxhill, Barrow and surrounding areas.
The centre is a quiet, relaxed and calm environment shared with other holistic services. Bookings can be made online via Facebook, email or telephone contact. I offer a space to reflect on situations, thoughts, feelings and beliefs providing time to explore these so as to develop self awareness and understanding about how these can impact on your life and relationships working together to enable you to improve your relationships with others and yourself in all aspects of your life.
I offer 1-1 support on a long or short term basis for a range of issues and have gained a great deal of experience from issues presented to me, particularly in my current role based within a counselling service for the NHS. These include, stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem and confidence, identity crisis, work related issues, lack of direction or control in life, bereavement and other types of loss. gender issues including pre and post operative gender reassignment, rape, childhood sexual abuse, emotional, physical and psychological abuse, domestic violence, self harm and dissociation, PTSD and self harm.
As well as talking therapy I am also able to provide creative opportunities to enable you to move forward, particularly helpful if talking is something you find difficult.
Having completed a Creative Supervision course which is accredited by BPA, an organisational members of UKCP I am able to offer this service to individuals and groups. I also offer a variety of teaching and training to agencies and individuals. I will be happy to discuss your needs with you.
My service is confidential within the confines of BACP guidelines and safeguarding protocols.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed a Combined Studies Degree in Social Sciences and Education which incorporated Psychology before moving North to finalise my studies as a counsellor at Leeds University in 2006. And so began my journey providing counselling to others, engaging in ongoing training, clinical supervision and also teaching others within an structured teaching programme to develop clinical skills to become counsellors themselves. I have also delivered bespoke training workshops for individuals, agencies and companies.
I have been practising as a counsellor since 2006 having completed my training as an Integrative Counsellor at Leeds University. Since then I have continued to build my training including completing a PGCE then teaching others to become counsellors in colleges and under University umbrellas, I am an examination moderator. I also provide training to groups delivering courses and workshops including Diversity, Safe Guarding, Ethics, Research and Theory linked to Practice.
Since this time I have continued to work in schools, voluntary sector services including women's centres, sexual assault crisis centres supporting male and female survivors of rape and sexual assault; working in schools with parents, children, young people and staff presenting many issues including stress, anxiety, bereavement and low self worth.
Recently I have completed a Creative Supervisor Certificate which is accredited by BPA, an organisational member of UKCP and offer this service to individuals and groups.
Prior to this I worked in London with children & families, developing services and support to provide accessible services to disabled children and their families.
I am a therapist within a Qualified Provider (AQP) counselling service for the NHS under the Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) banner.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and adhere to its Codes of Ethics and Practice. The register of counsellors and psychotherapists is a scheme set up by the Department of Health and is administered by an independent body, accountable to parliament. The scheme means that for the first time, members of the public can choose a counsellor or psychotherapist belonging to a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.
I also receive monthly professional clinical supervision, as in line with BACP recommendations. I maintain my professional status by engaging in regular training, personal development meetings and peer development groups.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate which now replaces the CRB certificate and is renewed every year.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per session which usually lasts an hour. Fees can be paid at time of booking online, credit transfer at least 24 hours prior to appointment, cash or card payments are also available. Concessions can be made for students on provision of evidence.