We are currently experiencing some real challenges and anxieties due to the Coronavirus, the ripples of this virus are impacting so many aspects of our lives. At times when our inner world does not seem stable we look outwards for security, familiarity and hope, currently the world may not be offering those things for us in the forms we have been used to, work, meeting family and friends for example. The experience of isolation either alone or with family can too bring many challenges and may not be very safe for you. I am currently working face to face, online and on the telephone hoping to offer you a safe place where together we can work towards finding some space and calm within the ever changing situation we find ourselves in. I am open to working as flexibly and creatively as needed to navigate this time when already you feel to be struggling.
My passion and reason for working as a counsellor is based on a genuine interest in helping people find acceptance and friendship within themselves. I hope to offer you a compassionate, listening ear when times get tough, facilitate a safe place for you to come when feelings or events in your life feel like they are overwhelming, or if you want to explore patterns of behaviour that no longer serve you. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling at this time, talking to a professional puts you at the center of the situation you are in and enables you come to an outcome that works for you.
Having worked for several years in private practice building up a busy practice I have a wealth of experience working in both short and long term therapy.By offering an integrative approach, I aim to work with a variety of theories and approaches that will support you. I work in a manner which values the relationship we build, which in turn respects the idea of healing through relationships with others. I aim to create a positive therapeutic relationship in which to facilitate change and personal development in your journey through counselling.
I am experienced in working with:
- Bereavement and loss
- Suicidal ideation
- Self harm
- Life changes
- Personal development.
Having worked for many years within the mental health sector, I have insight into how mental ill health impacts on so many aspects of your life. It can be debilitating, making things we take for granted like going to work or shopping become fearful experiences. I also recognise the impact it can have on family, friends and people who support someone who is suffering from mental health issues.
Our feelings, thoughts and emotions can be very complex at times and it can feel easier to try to ignore them, which can work for a while. However, when they can no longer be pushed down and won't be ignored it takes great courage to begin the process of recognising and accepting that you may need help to begin to unpick these thoughts so you can move forward in a healthier way.
I am a registered member of the BACP and work to their ethical framework -membership no. 783926.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced diploma in counselling skills
- GamCare counsellor
- Level 3 counselling skills
- Tutor at Huddersfield University.
- Young people.
- Supervisor at UCHM
- Counselling / supervision for counselling students.
I have experience working with young people, mental health, addictions, carers and low self confidence. Separation and challenging times in life, birthdays, anniversaries and changes in work are all examples of times when people may choose to come to see me.
I have developed and facilitated peer support groups for teams working in mental health and students on their learning journey.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Bereavement and Loss.
Not feeling myself.
Need to change.
I'm not happy.
Generalised anxiety disorder
All sessions are 60 mins and charged at £50.
I offer sessions for couples or 2 people at £65 for 60 mins.
Counselling students welcome at a lower rate.
Supervision is available for counsellors and students, please call to discuss your needs.