I am a BACP Accredited trauma informed counsellor, trained to practice EMDR. I am based in Crewe, Cheshire.
Trauma can form in response to any experience which you have found distressing or overwhelming. The experience may have been violent or psychological. As a result, you may find yourself exhibiting effects such as anxiety, poor concentration, trouble sleeping, or mood swings. If these are getting in the way of your daily life then it may be a sign that professional help is required to process the memories of what happened.
That is where EMDR comes in.
EMDR is a form of therapy often used when dealing with trauma. It is an interactive therapy technique, and the process can be broken down into 8 phases. The more complex the trauma, the more sessions are required, but it is believed that 12 sessions are usually enough. The treatment specifically would see you recount traumatic memories while I guide you through rapid eye movements. These movements trigger a part in your brain which helps to sort out and organise the distressing memories so that the symptoms lessen. We will first go through steps to create a safe space for you to fall back to, and communication is key to keeping you comfortable throughout.
In other words, EMDR collects core traumatic memories and files them away in a careful and organised manner, alleviating the effects of trauma. It is not hypnosis, and these memories will still exist, but your brain will have processed them in such a way that you can continue with your day to day life.
In 2012, a study showed that 77% of those who used EMDR therapy found that their symptoms of anxiety and depression had alleviated, their low self-esteem had improved, and that the therapy successfully eased hallucinations.
I am also a person-centred counsellor, with experience of working with adults, children, and young people (aged 5-19).
I regularly keep up to date with new research in psychotherapy to improve and adapt the way that I practice to get the best results for those I work with. My work is flexible to your needs and I hold communication to be very important. If something is not working for you, we can find a way around it so that these sessions suit you.
I have the most experience working with issues such as:
Addiction (with both client and parent if necessary)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Stress with exams
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Suicidal thoughts and idealisation
Feel free to contact me for more information. If making phone calls causes anxiety then I would be happy to communicate with you via email or over text.
I am also comfortable with holding sessions over video calls or by telephone in these trying times. As a former intensive care nurse, my heart goes out to all staff working in critical care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Children and Young People’s Health
Level 3 City & Guilds Award in Education and Training
PODS Dissociation and DID: The Fundamentals
PODS Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
- PODS Working with Dissociation
Level 1 Dialectical Therapy
Level 1 CBT for eating disorders
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Foundation in Art Therapy - University of Chester
- BACP Accredited
- 5 years experience as a young person’s counsellor
- Have previously worked as a counsellor for North Staffs Mind
- I volunteer for a charity that specialises in abuse counselling
- I have run drop-in sessions for people with mental health counselling
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
Developmental trauma & Complex PTSD