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BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, MBACP Dip. Couns

About me

I'm a qualified and experienced counsellor/psychotherapist based in the Liverpool and Wirral region. My aim is to provide a safe space for you to explore life issues, motivations and circumstances, and to grow in wholeness.

Personally, counselling has given me insights into how I view the world and manage my expectations. This allows me to take stock of what I can and can't control which in turn lessens anxiety and worry. Counselling provided me with a valuable physical and emotional space within which to explore my life. It provided a safe professional relationship with someone who would listen and not judge. These valuable aspects of counselling are so important to me now in my own work with clients.

My services.

I understand contacting a counsellor for the first time can be a daunting process.  The first step is to either give me a call or drop me an email.  If I can't answer straight away please leave a message.  You don't need to give personal details, just leave your name and details of how's best to contact you. I also have a website MJS Counselling www.mjscounselling.com where lots of information about the counselling journey can be found.

I offer an initial free 30 minute session for you to meet me and get a feel of whether we could work together.  At that appointment, I will answer any questions you may have and give you a copy of the counselling contract.  There is no pressure to make a decision to proceed with therapy at that appointment, it's often better to have some time to think about it.

If you do decide to proceed with regular sessions we can make arrangements as to where and when is convenient.  Clients often opt for weekly sessions but this is not the only option.  It may seem like a long time before we actually get to the first session but I can usually fit in clients within a few weeks.

Once we have agreed to work together, the sessions are your time to work through all of the concerns that have been on your mind. We will go at your pace with regular reviews every few sessions.  Towards the end of each session, I will begin to draw things to a close.  The aim is that you leave the room reassured and comfortable to carry on with your week.

I work in line with the BACP code of ethics from comfortable, safe and confidential counselling rooms based in Wirral and Liverpool.

As well as face to face counselling, I also offer online counselling.  For some people, it may provide the only practicable option due to health or mobility constraints. Certainly in the current situation, many may feel unable to attend in person, and I want to offer a service which fully supports those people. I am able to offer remote counselling via Zoom. Remote counselling is not my first choice, despite the convenience factor I would always recommend attending sessions in person if at all possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

Experience

I have over 200 hours post qualification experience with clients in my private practice, established in 2020.   I also have over 2 years experience as a volunteer counsellor with Wirral Mind and student counselling experience in a busy GP surgery.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Calming the Anxious Brain – 3 Essential Stages
  • Healing From the Bottom Up: Resource States in Trauma Work
  • A Gestalt Approach to Working with Shame
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Safetalk Suicide Awareness Training

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00
Free initial in-person session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a free 30 minute introductory session, I then charge £45 per 50 minute session, £35 for students and student counsellors. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Liverpool:  Mondays & Tuesdays 3 - 7pm

Birkenhead, Wirral:  Wed - Fr 2-7pm

Please contact me for information about appointments on Saturday

Liverpool, Merseyside, L1

Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH42

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Additional languages

None

Online platforms

Zoom

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