I am a therapist who actively participates in the counselling process. 50 pounds per session is a lot of money and whilst I am fully committed to listening to my clients at all times, I can also due to my specialist training, offer valuable insights into patterns of behaviour and will likely give the opportunity for outside-of-session focussed work (where applicable) to be completed independently.
One hour of therapy a week with no additional activity and focus can still be productive, however, with additional focus between sessions, (again where appropriate) this can be much more beneficial where solving a problem or achieving an important goal can materialise quicker. I have the motto that my clients are not paying 50 pounds per one hour slot, but paying 50 pounds for the week which offers a completely different dynamic.
Whether you are an individual who needs more space to explore a certain issue, a person who recognises a certain problem in their life and wants to work on improving this or somebody who wants to commit to achieving an important goal, my service can offer the chance to do this.
There are many issues I can work with as a therapist (please read below) however, I specialise in 3 particular areas. One area is working with individuals with a strong attachment to food, whether this leads to restrictive, self starvation or purging type behaviour resulting in severe weight loss or whether this leads to over indulging in eating, leading to excessive weight gain. One of my other specialties is working with individuals struggling with behaviour that is contrary to religious expectation, in particular the religion of Islam. Finally, I have a great passion for working with couples who are struggling with the dynamic in their relationship where they want to make changes or talk about ongoing issues.
Independent referral prices are set at 50 pounds per hour and couple referral prices are set at 75 pounds per hour. Telephone session prices are set at 45 pounds per hour.
If applicable, I can offer a free thirty-minute introduction session to give you a chance to ask any questions about my practice or the process as a whole.
Other work based experience and training is listed below
Training, qualifications & experience
Work based knowledge and experience
I have recently worked for a social care service where my role included coordinating and supervising our counsellors. I am also currently working for the NHS in the mental health field across hospitals in East Lancashire supporting individuals who have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. I have also worked in a specialist field within healthcare for an extended time, working as a Substance Misuse Practitioner where I offered therapy to my clients so they could tackle their drug and/or alcohol addiction. A lot of these clients had mental health issues, social issues, anger management issues and past trauma issues and so I have a great amount of experience in supporting these needs.
A lot of the support I offered my clients was clinical also in the form of reduction plans and detoxes. If you are facing these issues or any other type of addiction issues yourself or a friend or family member is and that is the reason you are seeking counselling, I have an established amount of knowledge and experience in this area and would be able to offer you a lot.
I also supervise other therapists who have their own private practice and guide their development as counsellors.
Other platforms of training include:
- Solution focussed brief therapy training
- Cognitive behavioural therapy training
- Motivational interviewing training
- Mindfulness training
- Relapse prevention training
- Harm reduction training
- Transactional Analysis training
Counselling knowledge and experience
I have started my MSc Degree in Clinical Psychology having completed my FDa degree to qualify as a counsellor and having completed my BSc (Hons) Degree to qualify as a Psychotherapist. Specific areas of learning have included:
- Psychological Therapies including Cognitive behavioural therapy, person centred therapy, humanistic therapy and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy with anxiety and depression
- Developmental psychology
- Case studies with Mindfulness therapy and Dialectical behaviour therapy
- Reflective practice
- Ethics in counselling
- Mental health
- Mental health with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa
- Research Methods
- Attachment theory and attachment therapy
- Expressive therapies such as art, music, dance and spiritual therapies.
- Dissertation on effective therapeutic treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Throughout my time as a therapist, I have had experience in dealing with the following issues:
- Relationship breakdown
- Divorce issues
- Domestic abuse
- Anger issues
- Mental health issues
- Past traumatic issues with physical and emotional abuse
- Addiction problems
- Communication problems
- Sexuality issues
- Support to Young Carers under the age of eighteen who support their parents
- Couples counselling
- Issues around behaviour contrary to religious expectation
Qualifications (Work based)
Advanced Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Diploma which includes the following modules and qualifications:
- Principles of safeguarding
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
- Implementing Duty of Care
- Person Centred approaches
- Principles of communication
- Supporting substance users
- Addressing substance use through an action plan
- Acting on immediate risk of danger to substance users
- Increasing awareness on drugs and alcohol
- Understanding mental health problems
- Physical health risk management for people with mental health issues
- Supporting individuals with Autistic Spectrum conditions
Qualifications (Study based)
Level 1 Introduction to Counselling (3 months)
Level 2 in Counselling (1 year)
Level 3 in Counselling skills and theories (1 year)
FDa degree in Counselling Studies (2 years)
BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy (1 year)
MSc in Clinical Psychology (2 years) (Currently studying)
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Prices are set at 50 pounds per sixty-minute session for an independent client and 75 pounds for a sixty minute session for a couple. Telephone session prices are set at 45 pounds per sixty minute session.
Students of counselling prices are set at 30 pounds per sixty-minute session.
Clinical Supervisor fees are set at 30 pounds per one hour of supervision and 40 pounds for a supervision lasting for an hour and a half.
Needs further discussion but I am available throughout the week and can offer evening and weekend sessions.
If you feel that you perhaps need a little bit more information about my practice in order for you to make a decision, I encourage you to contact me. Finding the right counsellor for you is crucial.