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BA (Hons);PG Dip; Dip Supervision; Reg MBACP (Accred)

About me

As a fully qualified professional counsellor accredited by the BACP I aim to respect you as an individual with autonomy.  As such everything we do is based upon what is important to you as a person, from your own perspective.  I believe that you know what hurts and that you have the capacity to begin a healing process.  I hope that I am able to offer you a safe environment in which to explore any issue that is important to you.

Why seek counselling?

Many people turn to friends and family in times of difficulty, although they tend to hold back, not wanting to 'burden' their friends and family.  Whether the issue is depression, bereavement, anxiety, abuse, disability or anything else, sometimes people find that family and friends can be too close to the situation to talk to. Often well-meaning friends and family want to fix things and make things better and therefore can find it difficult just to listen, leaving the person with a sense of not being heard.

As a counsellor I am trained to listen, I will not judge you or try to fix things.  Instead I aim to offer you the space to untangle your thoughts and feelings in order for you to see your own way forward more clearly.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bachelor Arts: BA (Hons), Social Studies.
  • Post Graduate Diploma: PG DIP, Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • University Certificate Working therapeutically with children and adolescents.
  • BACP Accreditation.
  • Diploma Supervision.
  • Cert: Working with sexual abuse.
  • I.E.M.T. Practitioner
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma


My week consists of seeing clients in private practice.

I have over 10 years experience of working with children and young people in various school and college settings along with experience of working with adults of all ages, genders, cultures and abilities.

I offer a counselling service for those affected by MS, this can be partially funded by the local MS Society, please enquire for more details. This service is for people with MS themselves, their family, friends or carers.

As an Accredited member of the BACP I am required to keep my skills updated by attending extra training.  My Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is ongoing and is an essential requirement for all counsellors.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured

Additional information

The first session, lasting half an hour,  is free in order for you to decide if we can work together. 
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Individual fees £40 per hour, self funding. £45 per hour externally funded. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).

Couples £50, this is for a full hour, £55 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).

Reduced rates of £30 for students on a counselling course. £35 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).

Supervision £55 (one and a half hours) self funding, £60 external funding. (This is due to the extra admin needed, invoices etc).

EAPs £40 - £60

When I work

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Available for face to face or online appointments. 

Please enquire about current availability.

458 Burnley Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 6JU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

One step into counselling room.

Supervision

In person
Online

In counselling I aim to respect you as an individual with autonomy.

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