I'm a psychotherapeutic counsellor working in Kendal with ten year's experience in a range of settings, from primary health care to schools, and now in private practice based at the Porchlight Practice on Highgate in Kendal.
I'm client centred, so I work by focussing my attention on your process, tuning in to your feelings and thoughts then reflecting back to you so you feel really heard and understood. You can expect to feel relief from tension or distress within the first few sessions.
As we continue to meet and connect, I would work to support the emergence of more maybe ‘difficult’ emotions and thoughts and help you to connect with these to create insight.
Together we will seek an understanding of what you want from your life and how we can help you to move towards that in our weekly sessions. You may not know and that’s normal – I can help you to get clearer. I'll check with you often to see if our work together is helping you. If you feel 'stuck' in your life, I can help you resolve; finding the energy to move forward one small step at a time. When everything feels too much, I can help you remember your strengths and abilities.
My training in humanistic psychotherapy enables me to hold on to hope and a belief in ‘the coming solution’ as I work to support you in leaning in to new directions in your life.
I believe that the people who come to work with me are experts on their own lives (even if they don’t feel like they are). I see one of my roles as walking with you as you access your own experience and understanding. With some people, I help them to ‘think things through’, some clients find it more helpful to express their feelings. As we work together some people are able to do both.
I offer a free initial assessment with no obligation, and then have a fee of £40 per session thereafter (or £30 for those on low income).
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with the Northern Guild Psychotherapy and Counselling and qualified in 1990 with a three-year Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, grounded in client-centred theory with a further two years in Gestalt theory.
Since then I have worked as a Counsellor in primary health care, schools and, most recently with MIND.
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
From £30.00 to £40.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
£40 per session (£30 low/unwaged)