I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor with 25 years experience working with individuals and couples, 15 of those years in private practice. I have also worked in a range of settings including a University, Further Education college, GP practice and a hospice where I worked with both terminally ill patients and their carers. I am also one of the few Registered Imago Relationship Therapists in the north of England
I work online and face to face. I offer both daytime and evening appointments in a safe and professional setting providing both short and long term work.
I work with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, anger, sexuality, self-esteem, confidence, loneliness, relationship problems, stress, mortality and search for meaning in life. I believe effective therapy is grounded in being as fully present as possible, having a good method, creativity, warmth, compassion, honesty and understanding.
I work with clients in the beautiful moorland village of Marsden in West Yorkshire, half way between Manchester and Leeds. I offer both outdoor and indoor therapy. My experience is that our relationship with nature can support our capacity to reflect on and integrate new experiences and new ways of being in the world.
Our initial meeting is an opportunity for you to tell me what you are looking for and for both of us to make an initial assessment as to whether we think we can work together. If it seems that you would work more effectively with another therapist I will be happy to make a referral.
For more details go to www.natureconnect.org.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered as a Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (2005) (www.psychotherapy.org.uk)
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (1997)
I hold an Diploma in Psychodrama (2005)
I hold a Diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy (2007)
I hold a Certificate in Imago Relationship Therapy (2018)
I have trained as a trainer in the ‘Natural Change Project’ which aims to bring about deep change through our connection with the natural world (2010)
I have worked with clients for more than 20 years, both short and long term.
I have also worked as a counselling trainer at various Further and Higher Education Institutions including Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University.
I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UKCP.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ecotherapy -working with clients in the outdoors
Issues around mortality
I charge £50-70 per one hour session for individual counselling and psychotherapy. I charge £80 per hour for couples counselling and couples sessions last one and a half hours.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Friday with some early evening appointments