BSc (Hons) Psychology, Accredited Member MBACP, MBPsS
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Thank you for visiting my page. If you need help with matters that are troubling you about the world around you, how you see yourself, your work or your relationships with other people, I offer a friendly, relaxed and welcoming working environment at my practices in Chester and Wrexham.
My experience includes counselling in private practice for insurance and legal companies, and Primary and Secondary Care with the NHS, where I have worked extensively with a wide range of issues, helping people to resolve emotional and psychological problems quickly and effectively.
I work with many clients in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress and loss. People also often experience relationship issues and I work effectively with people to resolves these, whether as individuals or as couples.
While developing my practice, I have grown to specialise in working with clients who are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD and associated forms of emotional trauma. If you have suffered form an event or series of events that threatened your safety and the memories won't go away, if you suffer from flashbacks or nightmares or if you find that you can't go to some places, or if you aren't able to enjoy work or relationships in the same way that you did before the event, then I can probably help you. Help can be arranged with just a few clicks.
Whatever the issues or problems are that challenge you, they are specific to you and the way I work with clients is to treat those matters with the realisation that their situation is unique to them. You will find yourself being treated confidentially, safely and with the fullest attention. What you share with me will always be treated with the strict confidentiality. I work my clients in a way that involves being as much as possible 'in their shoes', seeing themselves and their world from their own point of view.
How we would work together within sessions depends on what your specific issues are.
We will make an assessment of the situation together. Everything about how I see us working doing together will be explained, but I want to stress that this process is collaborative, so that we work together on whatever the issues are. You are the expert on who you are, and I would be frequently checking on where we are to see that we are on the right track from your point of view.
This will typically be done by setting goals and actively working towards them in an appropriate way, at a pace that suits you.
How many sessions will be needed? This depends on your situation and how much time is required before we reach a point where you, the client, are satisfied with what we have achieved. We would review your progress together periodically, the first time being part of the fourth session, if that has been reached. My clients are not asked to commit to a set number of sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Psychology
BSc (Honours) Psychology
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Experience in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Experience in Domestic Violence work
Experience of working with a wide range of mental conditions and illnesses
Experience of working with clients who self harm
ex Armed Forces
ex Emergency Services
I am a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and coach.
Trained in mindfulness.
I am currently studying for an MSc in Trauma Psychology.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I cover all of the areas that typically bring people to counselling, including anxiety, depression/low mood, stress, bereavement, bullying and relationship problems.
For the past several years I have been specialising in the area of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its related conditions, so I also work with people who may not be suffering from all of those symptoms: if an experience or series of experiences have left you feeling disturbed and anxious, then we can work on them.
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£40 per session. £60 for couples. £25 for students and student counsellors.
I am able to offer reduced fees for clients in receipt of benefits.
When I work
Monday to Friday, 9 to 8, also Saturday mornings.
I am currently able to see clients face to face, whether in Wrexham or Chester (at Suzie K in Bridge Street Rows) , while complying at all times with government regulations and guidelines (Wales and England). I also work with clients remotely.
Although I specialise working with psychological trauma, I regularly help people with issues relating to work, particularly stress, depression, anxiety and bullying.
I am a professional counsellor therapist, and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to their Code of Ethics. I am based in North Wales and Cheshire. I am available for appointments during week days and evenings.
It is important to develop in whatever areas of practice that can be brought to bear on clients' problems and I have been finding that people have been finding mindfulness to be very beneficial when dealing with anxiety, stress and depression. This can help to develop the strength that lies in acceptance, patience and being kind to yourself.
It has been my privilege to work with many clients over the years who have brought their problems involving depression or low mood, anxiety, stress, addiction and bereavement to be worked on. I very much want to continue doing that, and in addition, I am particularly interested in treating clients who are suffering from the effects of trauma, whatever the cause of it might be. It doesn't matter if you think you have 'PTSD' or something else, or not. If an event or sequence of events has affected your life in a long term way, I would like to help you.
As well as seeing clients in Frodsham and Wrexham, I am also able to see clients at Chester Health Store, 59, Bridge Street Row, Chester.