Everybody has problems so why should you go for counselling? Problems are part of everyday life, we all encounter them and fortunately we are able to solve them the majority of the time without any intervention.
Counselling may be beneficial to you if problems become all consuming and start to affect your personal happiness, perhaps take up a high percentage of your thinking time or in fact prevent you from doing day to day things. Today's fast pace of life does not always offer time to reflect on how we are feeling or help us understand why we become unhappy, low in mood and no longer enjoy life.
Counselling does not take away your problems but can help you cope differently with them. It gives you the chance to talk in confidence outwith family and friends.
My approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it looks at how your thinking influences your feelings, and in turn your behaviour and choices in life. I became interested in counselling when I trained as an RMN in 1987. I worked as a nurse therapist within the NHS for several years. I eventually left nursing in 2005 and trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
I have worked with clients who have had a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, phobias, stress, depression, eating disorders, relationship / sexual problems, abuse, (sexual, emotional and physical) low confidence and self esteem.
I am happy to have an informal chat should you wish any further information about myself or the service that I offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) (not currently practicing)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP 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.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.