I believe in the power of counselling to enhance life on many levels. Therapy can be a deeply transformative process, especially when you are able to talk openly to someone knowing you will be fully accepted, regardless of what it is you have to say.
Deciding you want to start counselling and making that first contact with a counsellor is not easy. And sticking with the therapy as you uncover or face painful truths and/or explore difficult experiences can feel overwhelming at times, but I believe it's worth it.
For all my clients, however they find counselling: terrifying, challenging or a blessed relief, I have a deep respect. The work my clients undertake, the courage they show in their willingness to explore difficult and painful experiences or emotions is both humbling and inspiring.
I also share my clients' relief and joy when they, having struggled so bravely, begin to feel they are coming through the darkness; when they feel they are beginning to find a new but very real peace from what had previously troubled them.
We all face difficulties - life is challenging! And we can all benefit from having someone who is wholly on our side to help us to deal with those difficulties.
You might be struggling to cope with something from the past or you might be wrestling with something in your life at the moment. You might know what it is, or you might just be walking around under a cloud or behaving in ways you don't feel are true to you unable to shake a sense of unease, discomfort or unhappiness.
When we realise that we are ready to tackle whatever it is that is upsetting us, or to face the thoughts or feelings that are holding us back, then talking to a good counsellor is very likely to help us move on and feel different.
My clients find me warm, respectful and easy to be with; their feedback often speaks of the quality of the relationship we build. You will find me sincere, honest and non-judgemental.
I work with a range of issues including and especially anxiety, depression, bereavement and work-related stress in ways that research has shown are effective, and I have a broad range of experience working with people from the LGBTQ+ community. I have also worked with other issues such as alcoholism, loneliness, anger, low self-esteem...
I will work closely with you to understand what it is you would like from the sessions and to provide the kind of therapy that suits you. We will collaborate to choose a pathway which suits and best supports you. Most clients make significant progress in between 6 and 12 sessions.
I have consulting rooms in central Manchester and in Todmorden, but am currently only offering online and telephone sessions.
You will find more information about me on my website, or you can always get in touch.
Training, qualifications & experience
My primary training is in the Person-centred approach, and I hold a PGDip/MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy from University of Salford.
I also have had further training in CBT.
I have a Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy, and hold an English Secondary Post Grad CE.
I am a member of the BACP and I am a member of the DBS update service.
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
If you are ready for the journey, I am ready to help you.
Sessions usually run for 50-60 minutes and cost either £40 or £45. Appointments at £40 are reserved for students and people on lower incomes.
An initial 20-minute phone or online consultation is free.
An initial 50-60-minute face-to-face consultation is £20 (Covid-restrictions permitting)
Concessions offered for
I look forward to hearing from you.