"Wherever you go, go with all your heart" is a quote taken from my website www.cleverconversations.org and along with my sense of humour probably sums up who I am. You may be reading this profile because you are worrying about something, have a situation you cant resolve, feel anxious or depressed or just want someone to listen to you. The profile I have written below is brief and if you want to know more about my practice to decide if we can work together please get in touch.
I have 29 years experience as a qualified counsellor working with young people, individuals, couples and groups. My counselling practice is based on a humanistic approach and I am able to integrate other approaches, including CBT, into my work according to the needs of each client.
I am available for short-term and long-term work, the number of sessions being determined at any point in the counselling by the client. Some clients enter counselling because they want to explore unresolved issues and others because they feel 'stuck' in their lives and have perhaps lost their motivation. It is possible for the counsellor and client to work creatively towards the desired outcome and the client will choose if this process is through oral or written form or a combination of both.
I work with individuals and with couples, and young people
Often clients seek more useful ways to communicate in general and in their relationship, and want to be more assertive, confident, decisive or to deal with their anger. The client is able to design their own package with the flexibility to change it as the work progresses.
I have 20 years experience of managing a nationally acclaimed project that works with adults involved in prostitution and with sexually exploited children and young people. Currently I am on the Board of Trustees of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploited and trafficked Children and Young People (NWG). For 6 years I was a lay member on a local safeguarding childrens board and a member of a number sub groups. I am a trainer/consultant and keynote speaker.
I supervise trainee and qualified counsellors and some of this work involves supervising counsellors that work in schools or other locations with young people. I also provide non-counselling supervision to Domestic Abuse Teams, Family Crisis Team, Rape and Sexual Abuse service, Young People’s Project and ISVA Service
Training, qualifications & experience
- Relevant Qualifications
Diploma in Counselling (Sheffield University Awarding Body)
- Alcohol Concern Accredited Counselling Course
- Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision
- PTTLS teacher/trainer certificate
Certificates in a wide range of issues gained over 29 years of personal development
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- ( MBACP)
23 years of ongoing professional development
- 23 years experience with a Drugs and Alcohol Service working with issues of alcohol and substance misuse or those affected by someone else's misuse. (11 of those years as a counsellor and since then 13 years as a supervisor. Facilitator of groups including 'men only' within this service. Couples counselling.
- 20 years experience working with people affected by their involvement in prostitution eg substance misuse, rape, sexual abuse, low esteem, family breakdown, relationship problems, sexuality, homelessness.
- Working with young people from age 11 years upwards on all issues affecting their lives
- Counsellor within a Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
- Couples and Family Relationships
My counselling experience has involved working with people from all communities who present with a very broad range of issues. Please see Areas of Counselling to find out if my experience matches your needs. You are welcome to contact me for discussion if there is something in your life troubling you and the issue is not listed.
Supervision: I also provide supervision for: Counsellors in training, Qualified counsellors, work with Family crisis team, Domestic abuse unit, Drug and Alcohol Service, Womens service, Young People counselling service, Counsellors in Private Practice
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Culture and diversity
Sexual addictions (including online)
Race and Ethnicity
Loneliness and isolation
Concessions offered for
£40 hour counselling
£40 for an hour and a half supervision
£35 Discounted Student rates for Supervision and Counselling
Day Time, Early morning, evening and weekend sessions available
Low-cost personal and professional development sessions/days.
Training sessions on:
Sexual Exploitation/Trafficking of Children and Young People
Hidden Harm (Impact on Children of Parental Substance Misuse)
Basic Drugs and alcohol Awareness
Culture and Diversity
Young People Sex and Relationships
Various times 7 days a week and can also offer early morning/late evening appointments
I live within 5 minutes walking distance from the town centre and on-street parking is available directly outside.
My counselling room is warm, welcoming, quiet and private.
I have regular supervision and hold Professional Liability Insurance for my practice.
I work within BACP's Ethical Framework at all times.