Life can feel very difficult sometimes and I am here to support you if you are having a tough time. Maybe you are facing major changes in your life, such as loss or relationship issues, and you are struggling to adjust. Maybe you have turned to alcohol, food, etc in an attempt to deal with difficult feelings. I can help you with strategies so that you feel calmer and better able to cope. Call me or email now for a FREE initial telephone consultation.
I can help you to;
- Understand the reasons behind your difficulties, and develop practical strategies that work for you.
- Work on behaviours or ways of relating to others that cause you problems.
- Recover from use of unhealthy coping strategies (addictive behaviours or substance misuse) and develop new, healthy ways to cope.
- Improve self-esteem and confidence so you can achieve your personal and professional goals.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Re-processing), Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy to help you move on from your present difficulties. I work to high professional standards, providing complete confidentiality and privacy for my clients. My approach is non-judgemental, empathic and focussed on empowering you to develop greater resilience and more effective problem-solving strategies. I offer appointments online (using Zoom) at flexible times so that you can access the support that I can provide from the comfort of your own home.
Issues I am experienced in working with, are as follows:
- Anxiety and stress
- Loss and bereavement
- Managing life changes
- Relationship issues
- Work issues
How to get started:
Email me to arrange a free 20-minute telephone consultation where you can ask any questions you have and book your first appointment. In your first session, we will work at your pace to understand the difficulties you are facing and plan our work together. I am happy to work with you for just a few sessions, or you may wish to work on issues in more depth over an extended period of time, which I can also accommodate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working with anxiety, depression and difficult emotions...
I provide counselling and psychotherapy around a wide range of issues, helping you to develop coping strategies and get your life back on track. I also deliver coaching to individuals around personal and professional development, having more than 15 years of experience in leadership and management roles in local Government and charities prior to re-training as a therapist. I also offer supervision to other therapists.
Working with addictions...
I am passionate about working with people struggling with addictions, or who are worried that their use of alcohol or drugs, or other addictive behaviours has become out of hand. I believe in the importance of understanding what drives you to use these coping mechanisms and helping you to find new ways to deal with emotions. Please ring me to talk about the comprehensive package of support I can offer if your use of alcohol, drugs or other substances is causing problems for you.
Support for families affected by addictions...
I understand that you can feel very much alone if you have a loved one struggling with addictions and I am here to support you, whilst you are supporting them. Please see this article that I contributed to for some advice and information which you may find helpful. https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/what-christmas-is-like-when-someone-you-love-has-an-addiction-368361.
I work holistically, emphasising the importance of self-care in supporting emotional health, and I offer ‘Walking/talking therapy’ therapy (or Outdoor Therapy), using the natural environment to facilitate psychological therapy and physical health.
My other areas of interest are abuse, including domestic abuse, and childhood trauma. I work to the BACP Code of Ethics for the Counselling Professions and in accordance with this I have regular clinical supervision for all my work.
- EMDR Parts 1 to 4 - EMDR Academy
- Certificate in Supervision - Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling - Counselling Tutor
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (Merit) - University of Teesside
- NCFE Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory - Middlesbrough College
- NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills - Darlington College
- Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement - Royal Institute of Public Health
- Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership - University of Wolverhampton
- Advanced Diploma in Management Practice - University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- BSc(Hons) Environmental Studies - University of Hertfordshire
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
From £50.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I offer a free 20 minute telephone consultation for you to ask any questions and see if I am the right therapist for you. There is no obligation to go ahead with therapy.
Each one hour therapy session costs from £50 to £80.
Reduced fees are available for counselling and therapy trainees and for people with limited incomes, please enquire for details.
I run online support groups if you would prefer this to individual therapy - this can help you to build positive connections with others and reduce costs.
I offer a package of support for those struggling with addictions, please take advantage of the telephone consultation to find out more about this.
I am currently accepting new clients.
I offer online and telephone sessions at flexible times to suit you, including evenings and weekends.