In these unprecedented and difficult times you may be feeling anxious, isolated, unsure about the future. You may not be able to discuss these feelings with family or friends. I offer counselling by telephone or on-line via Skype or Zoom.
I firmly believe that we ourselves have the means to solve any problem we may encounter. Counselling helps this by providing an understanding, confidential and supportive environment to explore whatever is troubling us.
This exploration allows us to identify and understand the source of our difficulties, get a clearer view of how and why this currently affects us, and enables us to start thinking about what we can do to reduce the impact these difficulties are having on our life. This will result in us taking control of the situation and feeling much more positive about our lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a counsellor in 2010 after many years teaching young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Since qualifying I have worked for a successful local counselling charity, seeing clients from a variety of backgrounds who have presented with a wide range of issues. As part of this work, I have provided counselling at a busy local G.P. surgery.
I am also a qualified counselling supervisor, and I am currently undertaking training to enable me to run therapeutic groups.
My training is in the Person-Centred approach to counselling. This means we will talk about what you want to discuss, and work at your pace. My starting point is that you are the expert on your life. I see my job as assisting and encouraging you to come to a better understanding of yourself and your circumstances. We will do this by exploring whatever difficulties you are experiencing in a safe, accepting, and supportive environment. We may agree to work towards this in a limited number of counselling sessions, or you may prefer to work in an open-ended manner until you feel you have reached your goal.
I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. and work within their ethical guidelines. As part of my commitment to continuing self-development, I regularly attend training events to improve and extend my skills, knowledge and understanding.
I have: a Diploma in Counselling from Middlesex University, a B.A.C.P. accredited course.
A Certificate of Counselling Supervision Practice from Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre.
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
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
£45.00 per session
I charge £45 per session during the day, £50 per session from 5 p.m. for both counselling and for supervision.
When I work
I am able to see clients on any weekdays, generally between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. I may be able to see clients on some weekday evenings.