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BACP Accred; Adv.Dip.Couns; Relationship Couns; Supervision
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 12th September 2022

About me

  • I like to view counselling as being a process of 'thinking together,' rather than you coming to me for my 'expertise' on your life.  Are things feeling less than manageable, or even overwhelming these days? 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.  Many people have come through experiences which have felt traumatising.  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 you 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'.

I'm currently offering mainly online 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.  Hopefully there will be the opportunity to meet face to face in accordance with preference, need and common sense.


Location: At present, using mainly online means; but eventually I hope to return to a location in Bangor with easy access and ample parking space. Disabled facilities may be available.

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
Elderly People
Parenting
Relocation
Underachievement
Grief and loss - both your own feelings of bereavement, and also talking through the death of a loved one

Male infertility

Female infertility
Miscarriage, abortion and Stillbirth

Some of the ongoing Professional Development events that I have attended have equipped me
to help in the following areas: -

Depression
Families and relationships;
Bereavement care;
Solution Focused Coaching
Narrative Therapy
Suicide awareness;
Working with victims and survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse;
Sexual addictions;
Mindfulness;
Post-traumatic stress disorder;
Spirituality and health psychology;
Student Wellbeing;

Partners of pornography users;
Couple Counselling.

I hold a Level 6 CPCAB Certificate in Supervision and offer supervision for counsellors of couples and individuals.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life Transitions
Marriage
Relocation
Underachievement
Family and generational issues
Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

My fee per session is £45.00. Appointments last for just under an hour.


When I work

Weekdays. Evening appointments sometimes available.

Further information

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.

Bangor, Down, BT20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I am an enthusiastic Supervisor (BPCAB Level 6) offering online or telephone supervision, and where preferred, face to face.

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