I'm currently offering mainly telephone or video link counselling - please don't be daunted at the idea of using this means of being able to address your concerns. Even if you are considering couple therapy, Zoom is a secure and effective way of being able to talk together with a counsellor.
We have left 2020 behind, but there may be elements of that difficult year that continue to hang on your coat tails. Perhaps there are stresses and tensions in your marriage or relationship; maybe you're suffering from anxiety to do with financial strain, or loss of a loved person through death or separation; things may be combining to give you the feeling you're no longer in control of your life. You might feel isolated, anxious and lonely, or profoundly disappointed. And you have tried hard to manage these demands, and just made it thus far.
Talking with a professional helping person may seem like a big step to take, and the idea may make you feel nervous or scared, but if you find yourself needing to evaluate your way of thinking or coping, I warmly invite you to consider counselling both as a means of finding a way through, and also as a means of learning about yourself in the context of your life’s story. This will often include considering your experiences, your worldview, your relationships and the events that have shaped your way of looking at things, whether you are facing a particular crisis, or life events in a more general sense. It might at some stage involve your thinking about what you hope to achieve or to change - though this will not always be clear to you at the beginning.
I offer to you a confidential, respectful and caring time and place where you may begin - or continue - the process of regarding your life, reflecting upon it and weighing up what matters for you. You will have my full and focused attention as I listen to what you say - one of my aims is that you can speak without interruption - and I will take time between sessions to reflect upon whatever you are encountering in your life.
If you are coming as a couple, I will ask some critical questions which may enable you to recognise your intentions, take responsibility for yourself, and understand what can change.
If you hold to a tradition of faith or spiritual belief, I am happy to give you a place to explore this, and to see how it informs and impacts your decisions and responses.
I work in a person centred, integrative way with a broad range of life's concerns, and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. I've been working as a counsellor for well over twenty years and value both my professional training and qualifications, and also my own experience in the 'school of life'.
Location: At present, using online means; but eventually I hope to return to a location in central Bangor with easy access and ample parking space. Disabled facilities.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began counselling some twenty five years ago in a teenage drop-in centre, and my initial training was in working supportively with girls and guys finding themselves facing teenage pregnancy, and with women who were considering, or who had decided to have, an abortion. Later I went on to gain my Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and then to become accredited with BACP. In addition, I hold a Professional Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling and a Level 6 CPCAB Certificate in Supervision for practising counsellors and others.
I'm experienced in working with individuals, couples and in family relationships. While I work with a broad range of life's challenges, I have particular interests in the following areas:
Marriage and Relationships
Grief and loss - both your own feelings of bereavement, and also talking through the death of a loved one
Miscarriage, abortion and Stillbirth
Some of the ongoing Professional Development events that I have attended have equipped me
to help in the following areas: -
Families and relationships;
Solution Focused Coaching
Working with victims and survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse;
Post-traumatic stress disorder;
Spirituality and health psychology;
Partners of pornography users;
I hold a Level 6 CPCAB Certificate in Supervision and offer supervision for counsellors of couples and individuals.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Family and generational issues
Solution focused brief therapy
Weekdays. Evening appointments sometimes available.
During the first session we can discuss what you hope to gain from coming to counselling and you can consider whether you think we can work therapeutically together. I can answer any questions you need to ask about counselling, or about me as a counsellor. If you wish to continue, a contract will be agreed and this will normally confirm that we will meet for six sessions and then review things. You are, however, free to withdraw from the counselling at any time.