My sessions focus on giving you 'time to talk, time to be heard and time for you' in a confidential, safe and non-judgemental environment. In these unprecedented times I am offering online and telephone sessions, as well as face to face sessions when national and local Covid-19 restrictions allow.
What I offer clients is the opportunity to talk openly about what is distressing them and restricting their potential to be the person they want to be. I say 'want to' as I believe there is a tendency for many of us to think about what we 'should do' to lead a 'normal' life. This can suppress our own emotions and uniqueness, and often lead us to live our lives according to what is best for others rather than what is best for our own wellbeing. To put that at the forefront of your thoughts isn't about being selfish it is simply about taking care of yourself so that you have more energy and enthusiasm to do the things you want to do. Counselling at its best can give the individual an opportunity to discover what they want to change in their lives, and what they want to stop hurting. What I seek to do is work with you and provide space for you to review and hopefully come to terms with those parts of your life which trouble you, thus giving you the opportunity to make changes and your own choices for the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Psychological Trauma (University of Chester)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (University of Chester)
Postgraduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome (Sheffield Hallam University)
BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The British Psychological Society)
Certificate in Supervision (Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy)
Foundation Training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (University of Birmingham)
University of Chester. Visiting Lecturer (from August 2017).
Glyndwr University, Wrexham. Visiting Lecturer (October 2015 to July 2017).
Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (University of Chester); Support and Consultancy Unit (October 2013 to October 2015)
Member of the BACP Healthcare Executive Committee (June 2014 to June 2016).
Member of the Editorial Board for 'The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care' (University of Chester)
Deputy Manager (previously Counselling Co-Ordinator) at Telford Mind (August 2011 to July 2013)
Probation Alcohol Counsellor (February 2009 to August 2011)
AXIS Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Services 'From Victim to Survivor - Childhood Sexual Abuse'
NOCN. Mediation Skills (6 credits at Level Three)
Impact AAS Alcohol Awareness Training Programme
Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board Level 1 training in Child Protection
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£40 per hour (the first session may last longer and will still be charged at the hourly rate)
Concessions are available (eg students, those on low incomes, and key workers)
I can offer daytime as well as evening appointments.