We all have times when we feel sad, lost, anxious and unable to cope with the events life throws at us. Counselling can help you to find your way through these difficult periods, allowing you to explore emotional issues, gain insight and develop appropriate coping strategies. My aim is to provide a supportive and confidential space where you can feel safe enough to explore your difficulties, either through talking or creative therapies.
I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor and supervisor, accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work in accordance with their Code of Ethics and have been a practicing therapist for 25 years.
I currently work with a local charitable organisation and in private practice. I welcome adults and young people who are facing a wide range of issues, from low self-esteem to depression, relationship problems, divorce, family issues, domestic, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, stress, work/school related issues, managing panic attacks, anxiety, complex trauma and developing resiliance.
I have a particular interest in working with adults and young people whose lives have been impacted by trauma and have a deep understanding of how trauma can be held in the body and released through safe and caring therapeutic work.
I have learnt the value of self-reflection through my own experience of personal therapy, supervision and regular Yoga and Qigong practice; helping me to become more self aware, non-judgmental and empathic.
'Understanding ourselves is one of the greatest gifts we have'
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Person Centred Counsellor, accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work in accordance with their Code of Ethics and have been a practicing therapist for 25 years. I have a background in Social Work and Youth Justice, working predominantly with vulnerable young people and families.
I developed and co-ordinated a youth counselling service (13-24yrs) in Bedfordshire for a number of years before moving to South Cumbria in 2005. Since then much of my work has been providing counselling and support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, hence my deep understanding of the impact of complex trauma. I have undertaken further training in this area with Babette Rothschild and Trauma Training in Scotland. I was a school counsellor for 5 years, where I also delivered Protective Behaviours workshops within small groups. I continue to work therapeutically with adults, young people and those with special educational needs and disability on a freelance basis.
Over the years I have also developed a strong interest in expressive arts. I have a Diploma in Art and a Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy, awarded by Leisl Silverstone (Person Centred Art Therapy North). I have found using art within therapy especially beneficial for those who are less comfortable expressing themselves verbally. I have continued to cultivate my interest in therapeutic arts through attending regular experiential workshops based upon the work of Natalie Rogers.
I have a Certificate in Individual Supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists from the Manchester Institute and currently supervise students and practising counsellors. All my work is supervised and fully insured, I also attend a peer supervision group on a regular basis and am committed to continuing my personal and professional development.
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
Concessions offered for
Counselling & Person Centred Art Therapy (50 minutes) - £40
Supervision (1.5hours) - £50
Supervision for students (1.5hours) - £40
(Concessions may be available)
Daytime and evening sessions available
What I offer:
- I offer long or short term counselling to adults and young people
- Person Centred Art Therapy to adults and young people.
- Supervision for counsellors, student counsellors and other professionals
I am available for daytime and evening sessions. For counselling we would usually meet on a once weekly basis. For Supervision we would meet monthly or as otherwise agreed.
Our first contact will be either though email or telephone via the Counselling Directory.
We will then arrange a 50 minute consultation at a reduced rate to discuss your situation and talk through any questions or concerns you may have; this will give you an idea of how it would be for us to work together and for us to make any necessary agreements. All our sessions will be gentle and respectful, tailored to suit your individual needs.