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Dip Couns. RMBACP. (Accred) Be Yourself Counselling Service

About me

My Specialities

I help people struggling with bereavement, loss and grief, as well as depression, anxiety and stress. I can also assist with low self esteem and confidence as well as lack of motivation or optimism. I am qualified to work with couples and additionally trained for online counselling. I even offer home visits in the Southport area for those that cannot get to my therapy room.

How Can Counselling Help You?

Imagine the opportunity to walk into a room, laden down with the heavy baggage of your life. Then to empty some of those bags to look at what's really inside, hopefully to spot things that don't quite look right or that shouldn't even be there. Then, when you pack your stuff up and leave, your bags may be just a little lighter each time

Face to Face sessions are available at my discreet and tranquil Ainsdale practice, situated in my private garden, not visible from any main road.

I also offer specialised counselling for ex Jehovah's Witnesses struggling with the effects of shunning or other issues such as guilt, anger and identity loss. More information on this service can be found at

Why Should You Consider Getting Counselling?

Getting help in the form of counselling is a sign of strength. It shows that no matter how you may feel about yourself just now, you still have the ability to make positive changes in your life and place your own needs first at a time when you really need to. For many people, talking to a counsellor is one of the best decisions they ever make.

Some people find that the only time they get to truly be themselves and speak freely is during therapy sessions. As mentioned, these sessions may take place in my discreet therapy room, in your own home or online via video chat or telephone.

Read more at my website

What Should I Do Next?

I would recommend that we have an initial 30 minute chat, free of charge, where you will be able to speak to me and explain a little about how you are struggling just now. I can also explain how I work and give you the opportunity to gauge whether you feel I would be the right counsellor for you.

I always try to respond to enquiries as soon as possible, but please try to be patient as I may be with clients when you contact me. If you have not had an email back from me after a couple of hours, please check your junk/spam folder, just in case my reply has gone there. If you provide me with a mobile number when you enquire, I will also text you to let you know when I have sent an email reply.

What About Student Counsellors?

I can offer student counsellors their compulsory personal counselling for £25 per session, again, either online or in person.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

4 years volunteering with Philippi Trust in Southport to offer affordable counselling on a donation basis.

'ASIST' Suicide awareness and prevention.

Samaritans trained in listening skills

Counselling Tutor Online and Telephone Counselling

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Ex Jehovah's Witness Counselling

Grief and Loss Counselling

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From £40.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Initial 30 minute telephone assessment - Free of Charge

Personal counselling face to face, online or telephone - £40 per 1 hour session

Personal Counselling home visits - £50 per 1 hour session (within 15 miles of Southport)

Couples Counselling face to face or online - £50 per 75 minute session

Couples Counselling home visit - £60 per 75 minute session (within 15 miles of Southport)

Student Counsellors - £25 per 1 hour session

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I understand that if you work, it can be very difficult to attend sessions during the day in the week. For this reason I do offer session times on weekday evenings and also Sundays. 

Further information

I offer a 20% discount on all the advertised rates for NHS or Care Home staff.

This means face to face and online sessions are charged at £32 per hour or home visits for £40 per hour.

76 Burnley Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3LR

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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