Are you stressed, depressed, anxious, sad or just not feeling yourself? Then counselling might be something that can help you, whether it is a recent concern or a long held one. You might be worried about meeting a counsellor for the first time. I understand this and will do my best to put you at your ease so you feel you can talk about your concerns in complete confidence with me, someone who is independent but empathic. I aim to help you understand your worries and provide a safe, comfortable space where you can work through your feelings and, in time, move forward.
Sometimes emotional pain or life events can temporarily cloud our ability to see possible solutions. When clients first see me, they often say they feel stuck, confused, unhappy, anxious, sad or even shut down. As we start working together they begin to make sense of their concerns, their thoughts become more ordered and they feel change taking place, sometimes to their own surprise! The process of talking about how you feel can gradually make things seem clearer and enable you to find a way forward that feels right for you.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means I draw from a range of approaches to offer you the counselling I feel would help you most. As our work together progresses we would have regular reviews to check your goals and how you are finding therapy. I can offer both short and long term counselling for individuals/adults. I look forward to hearing from you as you take the first step towards making the changes you need in your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at The Northern Guild for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a well recognised and accredited provider, gaining a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Distinction) and more recently a Diploma in Psychotherapy (Merit).
I completed a couple counselling course at Jesmond Therapy Centre, a respected regional provider of up to date, progressive and effective training.
I have over 5 years experience working as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor/Psychotherapist within an NHS setting and in my private practice seeing a variety of people with different issues, such as: anxiety, generalised anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, issues surrounding addiction, loss, life limiting conditions, sexual and physical abuse, relationship issues, couple counselling, complex grief, panic and sexual problems. You can see other issues I work with below.
Some clients have found that working creatively is particularly beneficial for them so I can, where appropriate, offer this approach. Examples of this could include working with sand, stones, buttons, photographs, mandalas and collage. I also work with dreams.
Areas of particular interest:
Grief and loss.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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- Free initial telephone consultation of up to 30 mins.
- First face to face appointment at a reduced rate of £30 in Corbridge, £40 in Newcastle.
- After this each session will be charged at £40 in Corbridge, £52 in Newcastle.
- Sessions are for 50 minutes, usually weekly.
- Payment should be made by cash, cheque or bank transfer at the beginning of each session.
In both practices, counselling takes place in a comfortable, private room in a confidential setting. There is free parking on site/nearby and they are near to Corbridge station and in Newcastle, Jesmond Metro station.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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The premises at Corbridge are wheelchair accessible but the premises at Jesmond unfortunately are not.
I have availability during the day and evenings Monday to Friday and am usually able to see you within a couple of days once you've contacted me.
Types of client
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