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Counselling Diploma ( post grad) MBACP

About me

Hi, I've been a counsellor for 20 years. I was trained by Couple Counselling Scotland, and Relate. I have a wide range of therapeutic skills, which enable me to work with most issues , and most clients providing a confidential and non judgemental approach, specific to each client.

I worked for 10 years with Couple Counselling Tayside, and 8years with Relate Shropshire, Hereford and North Staffs, until they went out of business. I have also lectured in Counselling Diploma courses, and delivered training in basic counselling skills and living with teenagers.

In my private practice in Shrewsbury, I work with adults, couples, young people, and families. I also work in a number of primary and secondary schools on a weekly basis. Basically, I help and support my clients to see their issues, and what causes them, unstick themselves and find a way to change and move forward.

I also work with couples and families going through separation and divorce, and deliver a course for solicitors clients going through divorce. This is designed to help them minimise the impact on any children involved.

My main areas of work, helping young people, couples, and adults deal with stress, depression,low self esteem, self harm, suicide, family breakdown, gender identity, safeguarding, relationship issues and relationship breakdown.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained initially as a Cruse bereavement counsellor Scotland in 1996.

In 1998 I trained as an adult and couple counsellor with Couple Counselling Scotland (now Relationships Scotland - Relate equivalent).

I gained an Advanced Certificate in Couple Counselling from the University of Edinburgh and Couple Counselling Scotland, which is at level 7 (post Grad).

In 2001 I took a Relate Young persons counselling course (10yo upwards) and enhanced this in 2011 with a further Relate young persons course to enable me to work with young people as young as 5.

In 2008 I passed another level 7 course in Systemic practice which bridged me to a counselling diploma awarded by Institute of Systemic Therapy( INSYT), Northumbria University and Couple Counselling Scotland. This enabled me to work with families.

I also worked for 18 months at the Hamar centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, counselling cancer patients and their families.

I have delivered training as a tutor on  counselling Diploma courses, and as a Relate trainer delivering courses on self esteem (how to identify your behaviours and change them), and one on living with teenagers, ( looking at the issues and ways forward)

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.

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£30 per half hour ( young people incl online)

£35 per 45 minutes ( young people incl online)

£50 per hour adults and older teenagers

£50 per hour family work with adults.

£40 per hour online adults, couples and older teenagers

When I work

Most evenings, and some times during the working day. I'm happy to see what I can do to fit in with your availability.

Further information

I am a member of Resolution, a UK wide group of family lawyers, who aim to mediate and negotiate divorce settlements amicably.

I work with a colleague in a company called Eleda, delivering training and counselling to couples and their children going through divorce.

The aim is to help them to realise their issues, unstick and support and enable them to move towards a separation which keeps stress and anger (and costs) to a minumum, and aims to enable good and reasonable communication between the adults, and between them and their children.

For 6 years I was also a member of the Childrens Panel for Scotland, helping children and parents cope with their issues.

Eleda, 24 St. Johns Hill, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1JJ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations