I am warm, friendly and approachable, and am naturally open, gentle natured and work with empathy and an unconditionally accepting and supportive ethos, so welcome to Bluebird Counselling.
I am passionate about working with people, both adults and young people and about how counselling can help us reach a deeper level of self-awareness, creating a happier and more contented life.
I chose the name "Bluebird" counselling, because I love nature, I am so inspired by how creatures just get on with caring for themselves, they don't seem to get bogged down by all the emotional "baggage" that we can carry round, sometimes for years, and as it's the symbol of happiness, it just seemed to fit.
I came to counselling as a career change after many years working for a bank. I reached a point where I felt unfulfilled and had my own emotional 'stuff' to cope with. Having counselling was, for me, so inspirational and healing, that it changed the course of my life.
How I work
I am an Integrative Counsellor which means I will use my knowledge and experience from many styles of counselling to find the best for the clients needs. And because I am person-centred at heart, this means I won't tell you what to think or feel. I respect your feelings and your coping strategies, they have been important and helped you survive. We can explore together if they are still helpful to you now. Together, from a safe place, we can explore the issues that bring you to counselling. We will work in a way and at the pace that is best for you.
I offer one to one counselling with adults and young people, and we work together towards your goal of counselling. I also work with couples and families.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is about having a safe, ethical and secure space in which to explore your feelings with the help of an experienced counsellor, who creates a warm, trusting and therapeutic relationship. I aim to help you feel safe and valued.
Through talking, and exploring your feelings you can often see your issues from a different perspective, often more clearly. I offer a space where you can speak freely and not be judged for your thoughts or feelings.
How can Counselling help me?
By talking and understanding what is going on inside yourself you can often see things from a different angle, see solutions to problems, change any unhelpful behaviours and the way you relate to others. As you begin to feel the benefits of successful counselling you may find you have less negative self talk in your head. You become empowered and more confident.
People come for counselling for many different reasons. Sometimes we don't even know what we feel, we just know we want to feel better, happier. Successful counselling feels like something has changed in a positive way.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc. in Therapeutic Counselling
H.E. Diploma in Person-Centred counselling and human relations - Distinction
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Relate Couples Training
Systemic Practice (Post Grad Cert) - Family Counselling.
Training and Personal Development
Issues around sexual abuse
Issues surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Creativity, Mental Health and Psychological Therapies
Working Together to Safeguard Children
An awareness of child abuse and neglect
Sex Offenders: Risk assessment and treatment
Child neglect and its effect
Child Sexual Abuse
Working Creatively with the Unconscious
Impact of domestic violence
Issues of child Sexual Abuse
Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People to improve Emotional Wellbeing
Working with Relational Trauma: Attachment and Healthy Relationships
Impact of Domestic Violence
Working with People who have a Perssonality Disorder
Child Sexual Exploitation
People Working in Child Mental Health
Narrative Therapy in Trauma and Abuse
Protecting Our Children from Grooming, FGM and Honor Based Violence
Childrens and Young Peoples Counselling
I have much experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence with both men and women and young people.
I am also working in a Secondary School, counselling within a multi-cultural setting.
I also work at Relate. Working with individuals, couples and families.
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their code of Ethics.
I am fully committed to my own personal development and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of continually learning. I work ethically and adhere to the guidance in the BACP Ethical Framework.
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
- Sudden loss
- Multiple loss
- Cultural issues
- Inner Child
- Guilt, shame
- Suicidal thoughts
Sessions are between 50 and 60 minutes.
£50 per session.
£60 per session for couples
£70 per session for families
I work from Huddersfield HD3.
You can email me, I check my emails daily and will usually be able to contact you within 24 hours.
You can also phone me, please leave a message if I can't pick up and I will return your call as soon as possible.
evenings and some mornings.
What happens in a session?
Some people find it easy to talk and value really feeling heard. Others find it more comfortable to work more creatively. The most important thing is that you feel as comfortable as possible.
Some examples of what I do
Anxiety and stress
Feeling overwhelmed. Suffering from depression. Having panic attacks, post traumatic stress or flashbacks. Feeling under pressure. High levels of anxiety and stress.
Bereavement and loss
Trying to cope with the loss of a loved one. Bereavement, Sudden loss, or multiple losses. Termination or miscarriage. Or struggling to adapt to a change in your life, illness, redundancy, moving, children moving out, the struggle of letting go in some way.
Trauma and Stress
Events in your life, which have left you traumatized and feeling like you can't cope with life now. Physical, emotional, mental or sexual abuse and violence. Adult or child abuse.
Anger and Rage. Feeling anger deep within, possibly at circumstances you feel unable to change. Directed at others or yourself. Feeling the 'monster' inside wants to break out of it's cage. Self-harm.
Difficulties with relationships, marriage, separation, divorce. Affairs or betrayals. Problems with other members of the family. Struggling with children or parents. Issues with colleagues at work.
Low Self Esteem
Not believing in yourself, feeling you are "not good enough". Feeling you are not accepted by others, or accepted only providing you behave in a certain way. Not accepting yourself. Feeling bullied. Lacking self confidence. Confidence building. Depression, suicidal thoughts.