I have been practicing as a talking therapist, professionally, since I qualified in June 2004. I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist, accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a qualified Casework Supervisor, offering supervision to other therapists. I offer a foundation of person-centred therapy, and due to further training I have undertaken in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), I incorporate this approach into my practice. CBT is successfully used to help with anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder, depression, panic attacks, low self esteem and even if you are just feeling sad and don't know why. I have a great deal of experience in many other issues too. Additionally, as a fully qualified clinical hypnotherapist, I am able to integrate these further skills into my practice, if I feel it would help, and the client wishes to undergo clinical hypnotherapy.
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages from 14 upwards.
I have been practicing privately since 2006, running my own practice. I have previously been the Manager/Co-ordinator of a Counselling and Wellbeing Service within Further Education College. As well as working privately, I have worked part time for many years as a counsellor/therapist in universities, a Health Centre/GPs surgery, and a complementary therapy clinic, working with the a variety of diverse clients and issues in all settings. I also offer clinical supervision to a number of trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as other 'helping' professionals, such as Suicide Prevention Advisors, and physical therapists.
I offer therapeutic support to a diverse range of clients regardless of ethnicity, gender and ability.
I am used to helping clients with all sorts of problems and issues, and would welcome you, and your commitment, so that we can work through them together.
What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is on the NICE guidelines (used by NHS professionals) as the recommended type of therapy for depression and anxiety-related disorders. Basically, the idea of CBT is based on the fact that the way we think determines how we feel and therefore how we behave. CBT consists of looking at your negative thinking patterns, challenging them and helping you to look at things in a more positive, healthy way. This will affect how you feel, and how you behave.
So, what is psychotherapy/counselling?
Psychotherapy/counselling provides the opportunity and space for you to talk about things that may be difficult to share with anyone else. It can help you find more effective ways of coping, and help you to understand your feelings better. It can also be about a need to find out about yourself, and what you want out of life. It is about being accepted rather than judged, or criticised. It is not about giving advice, or telling you what to do, however, discussing your issues in a confidential space may enable you to find ways to better help yourself.
And what is clinical hypnotherapy?
Clinical hypnotherapy combines the idea of talking therapy (such as psychotherapy/counselling/CBT) together with the ethical use of hypnosis, to help clients with their issues and problems. It can be used to help you learn to relax more easily, manage your anxiety and low mood, reduce panic attacks and feel more confident.. It can also help you give up smoking, or lose weight. It is also useful for people with phobias, post traumatic stress (disorder), and a host of other issues. If you are unsure if clinical hypnotherapy would be helpful for you, why not give me a ring, and we can discuss your needs over the 'phone.
What sort of problems could you talk to me about?
You can talk me about anything that might be worrying or upsetting you. For example:
- You may have worries about your health, or fear for your safety.
- Maybe you are worried or upset about your partner, friends or family.
- You may feel under pressure from your work or studies, or be worried about your future.
- You may feel discriminated against, bullied or harassed.
- Someone close to you may have died, or be seriously ill.
- Perhaps you feel lonely, isolated or rejected.
- You may have painful memories of events that have happened in the past.
- Or you may just feel unhappy, and not be certain why.
Who will know if you seek help from me?
As a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice (you can find this at www.BACP.co.uk). This means that I will not talk to anyone about the fact that you are seeking my help, and anything you say to me will remain private. There are some exceptions to this promise of confidentiality, and these will be discussed in more detail with you at the beginning of your first session, but in the main these exceptions relate to having to break the promise of confidentiality if you talk about anyone (including yourself) who is at risk of being harmed, injured or abused.
What do I mean by confidentiality?
Confidentiality is an ethical standard that I commit to honouring, and something I take extremely seriously.
Other details Each session lasts up to 50 minutes. You can agree with me about how many sessions you might need, and this can be discussed at the first session, and then reviewed as you progress.
Please may I ask that you try to arrive on time, to ensure that I have finished any earlier sessions with previous client(s).
Leigh - Free parking is available on the drive, or down Milton Street, which is across the road from Clare Therapies. Leigh Town Centre bus station is approx 5 minutes walk from Clare Therapies.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Advanced Diploma in Counselling
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practioner
- Advanced Diploma in Casework Supervision
- Hypnotherapy Practitioners' Diploma
- Foundation Diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming
16 years + counselling experience in FE and HE, with people of all ages 16+, ethnicities and genders.
- 2 years counselling experience in a GPs practice, with patients of the surgery.
- 2 years counselling experience in a complementary medicine clinic
- 14 years counselling experience in private practice
- Owner/Proprietor of Clare Therapies..
- 6+ years experience as a Counsellor in universities.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can also help with:
Motivational Therapy (for Sports, management, presentations, examinations, driving tests etc).
At Clare Therapies there are other therapists who can help with:
Sports/Remedial/Manipulative Massage, Deep Tissue Neuro Muscular Massage
Scenar Electric Therapy
£45.00 per hour - individual
£50.00 per 1.5 hours casework supervision
I accept cash, BACs payments, or cheques. I am unable to accept payment by credit/debit card.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 9am to 6pm
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional body which many qualified counsellors and psychotherapists belong to. To become a full member, you need to have passed a standard (at least to Diploma level) in a counselling qualification. Furthermore, to gain BACP accredited status counsellors/psychotherapists need undertake a further element of intensive study to gain Accredited status, and then have a minimum of 30 yours per year of further training/continuous professional development. BACP accredited counsellors also need to ensure they have clinical supervision monthly whilst in practice.
As you will see from my qualifications I am qualified to Advanced Diploma level in Counselling, and also hold Accredited status with the BACP.