I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor, Psychological Therapist and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Supervisor. I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Accredited Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and abide by their rules and regulations regarding professionalism and ethics which ensures you will receive a high standard of care.
Having been a Counsellor and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within a busy North East Primary Care service for some years, delivering an NHS contract helping individuals recover from a range of depression and anxiety conditions, I now provide a private and confidential therapy service. I work with individuals who are experiencing a whole range of concerns like anxiety, panic, worry, low mood, low self esteem, relationship concerns, phobias, bereavements, stress, PTSD, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety or OCD to name just a few. I am able to work in the short or longer term depending on your needs and wishes and have a particular interest in working with complex trauma. The psychological treatments I use are evidence based which means they have been rigorously tested to ensure the best possible opportunity for improvement and change.
"My aim is to provide a safe, warm and welcoming environment in which individuals can feel able to discuss whatever issues may be bringing them into therapy and to be listened to without fear of judgement"
You may already know what type of therapy you want, or have been advised by a GP that CBT would be helpful for you for a particular diagnosis or mental health concern, but don't worry if this is not the case we will discuss this at your first session. Often individuals will seek therapy because they feel unable to cope with the stresses of life or adjusting to a big change, not like 'their old self', isolated from others, worried or lost or just needing someone to listen. My role is to work together with individuals to make sense of what is happening for them and provide opportunities for change in away that they feel is appropriate and achievable. This is based on establishing and developing a good therapeutic relationship and my relaxed, flexible and approachable manner allows individuals the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings at their own pace.
My private and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service allows individuals to access treatment quickly in person or by video call or telephone to suit their needs. Here I aim to provide flexibility in working hours and length of therapy and offer you a service tailored to your needs. I work from premises in central Darlington and near to Barnard Castle but home/office visits may be available if required.
Please be aware that the premises at Darlington is on the first floor and there is no lift available
This can be a daunting process so you can contact me by text, mobile, email or landline and I will be happy to discuss the next step with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within the public service sector for over twenty years, specialising in mental health and wellbeing for the majority of that time as a therapist and then counsellor and psychological therapist.
I began my career in psychotherapy by providing Counselling within a hospice to individuals and families experiencing the many challenges of life limiting illnesses such as Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis, or those who had been bereaved. I also provided Counselling within a Carer's support service to those struggling to meet the demands of family and work life whilst being full time carers. I have worked for MIND, Starfish and Alliance, delivering an NHS service within GP practices or other health care settings in the North East, providing counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to adults over 16 referred for therapy by themselves, their GP or other medical professionals with a wide range of presenting issues. I now focus on providing a quality service within my private practice, offering flexibility and choice to clients.
- Post Graduate certificate in Clinical Supervision for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice
- Post Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- BA (Hons) First Degree in Counselling
- CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Foundation Degree in Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Skills
- BA (Hons) Degree Art and Design
Member of BACP
Accredited Member of BABCP
DBS certificate current (CRB)
I undertake regular Supervision and training - here is just a selection
Trauma Focused CBT Stabilisation in trauma Working with shame and guilt
Working with PTSD in Veterans Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice Social Anxiety Attachment patterns Eating disorders Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse Mindfulness Complex cases and Co-morbidity Autism awareness CBT for Older People Behavioural Activation for Depression
Exposure therapy in OCD and Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Body Dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
Domestic violence and abuse
Pre trial therapy
Loss and Bereavement
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
Concessions offered for
Individuals per therapy hour £50.00
Counselling students discount available
Home or workplace visits may incur an additional charge for travel- please contact me to discus this
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer
(Apologies but I am not able to take debit or credit card payments at this time)
Evenings and some weekend appointments are available
Evening and weekend appointments are available