I am a qualified, BACP registered, counsellor and psychotherapist providing counselling and psychotherapy online and in Bramhall and Davenport, Stockport, Cheshire. Before qualifying I spent many years working in the voluntary/ charity sector during which time I gained experience of working with people with a range of difficulties through my involvement, amongst other things, with the the rehabilitation of offenders in the community and the Stroke Association. I originally trained as a solicitor and worked in private practice and for a large insurance company for over 20 years. One of my key strengths and interests then was understanding people and relationships, often in stressful and difficult circumstances, and supporting them through change.
All of my work is underpinned by a strong personal interest, gained through personal and professional experience, in the impact of childhood experiences, historical family issues, social and cultural issues and diversity on self esteem, relationships at home and at work, identity and psychological wellbeing.
How do I work?
I work with individuals on an open-ended or time limited basis. I understand how hard it is to choose a therapist which is why I offer an initial session free of charge. This free session will be an opportunity for you to tell me more about yourself and your current difficulties; to check if you feel comfortable with me and for me to confirm that I am able to help you. If, at the end of this, we feel we will be able to work together we can arrange further sessions.
My therapeutic philosophy I consider the quality of the relationship, and awareness of the process in the therapy room, to be essential for change to take place. The therapy process is one in which we work together, at your pace, on the issues that you choose to bring. Our first aim will be to build mutual trust and respect, creating a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for us to explore your thoughts and feelings.
We may draw on the theories of Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy to help us to understand why you feel, think and behave as you do in response to particular situations. We may also use techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to challenge your assumptions, thoughts and beliefs and gently encourage you to make changes to your behaviours. These interventions, together with the experience of a healthy, non judgmental relationship and validation of your experiences, will lead to increased emotional and psychological resilience and wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience and special interests
I have a particular interest in eating disorders and body image distress and am employed as a psychological therapist and case manager by the Stockport NHS Community Eating Disorder Service where I work with clients with a range of eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and binge eating disorder. I have completed extensive training in CBT-E from the Oxford Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (CREDO). CBT-E is an evidence based enhanced CBT programme, developed specifically for the treatment of eating disorders.
I am an affiliate counsellor for Health Assured, the leading Employee Assistance Program provider in the UK. I provide short term, face to face, therapy for clients to help them with work related stress and support them back into work where issues have led to absence.
I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor/ psychotherapist at Stockport Women’s Centre dealing with, amongst other things, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship issues, historic family issues, domestic abuse, trauma and childhood issues including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.
I have also previously worked for a national mental health charity providing both solution focused therapy and general counselling and also within a prison where I worked exclusively with men presenting with a wide range of issues.
I am a professional, ethical and safe practitioner and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018.
Qualifications, Memberships and Registrations
Registered member British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP)
PG Dip. Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (from an Integrative Perspective) (Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Up to date Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB, Criminal Records Bureau)
Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office for processing of data (Reference no. A8455376)
Professional Indemnity insurance
Additional training and development
Certificate of training in CBT (BPS approved introductory skills based course)
Comprehensive training in CBT-E Oxford CREDO (Centre for Research into Eating Disorders)
Working Online During COVID 19 (Online Therapy Institute)
Working with domestic abuse workshop
Working with shame workshop
Working with self harm (BPS Approved course)
Safeguarding children and adults (Renewed June 2019)
Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Perfectionism and body image distress
The initial session is free.
I charge £45 for each subsequent 50 minute session. Prices are reviewed annually with any increases taking effect with effect from April 1st each year.
A limited number of concessions are available for counselling and psychotherapy students and those on low income.
I offer weekday daytime and evening appointments.
I can be contacted using the link provided or directly by email or by calling or texting me on 07958 020372.
I aim to reply to enquiries within 24 working hours. Please note that I do not work on weekends or Bank Holidays. If I have not replied within this time please try and contact me again as it is possible that I have not received your message.