About me

My background

Life events made me reconsider my career and take the decision to train to be a counsellor. I bring my experience of facing my own challenges to my counselling, along with the skills I’ve acquired through my counselling training both in the UK and Canada. I was born in Lancashire, but I’ve lived much my life abroad. Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a diversity and inclusion manager in a large professional services firm. I've also worked for the UK Civil Service, and as a English as a foreign language teacher. I am now undertaking advanced counselling training in psychosexual therapy.

My approach to counselling

Life tests us all the time.  You may also be grieving, losing a job, coming to terms with a physical or mental health condition, facing the end of a meaningful relationship, becoming a parent, or having to move home. Life's tests may cause us to lose a secure sense of who we are, and give us the feeling that we can't quite cope.

I offer a safe, caring and non-judgemental space to help you find a way back to yourself, or discover a sense of self that feels right for where you are now. My approach provides you with the right environment to reflect and gain the self-awareness you need to find your way forward. Through counselling you can discover your strengths, increase resilience and develop an acceptance that will help you deal with life’s challenges.  

Grief counselling is my specialist area, but I welcome anyone facing a life event that needs the opportunity to be heard and understood.

My approach to psychosexual counselling

You sense that your lack of desire, difficulties with sexual function, experience of sexual trauma, relationship with your body and sex, or how you understand yourself sexually is causing you distress. If it feels like it’s time to address that struggle, I offer you the space to explore that most intimate aspect of your life. I work with empathy and respect, letting you set the pace as you reflect on your sexual life and its connection to your sense of self. Within that counselling space you can discover your beliefs and assumptions about sex and sexuality and determine how they serve you. You can then develop a deeper and more accepting understanding of your sexual self that will enhance your sense of who you are.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience
As well as my private counselling practice, I have been volunteer counsellor at Liverpool Bereavement Service for over 3 years. I have worked at Liverpool’s Rotunda counselling service as a general counsellor. I am also a Samaritan listening volunteer.

Qualifications
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Continuing training workshops and courses
Mental Health First Aid England
Working with Bereaved Clients
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Person Centred Expressive Art Therapy
Human Givens – Couples Counselling

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Fees

Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I charge £40 per 50 minute in person session, £30 per 50 minute remote session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Professional code of conduct
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework for counsellors. This ensures that my clients receive a recognised professional standard of service that puts clients first.


Please contact me by e-mail or phone to ask me more about counselling and if it’s right for you, about my practice, and to see if you’d like to work with me.

Liverpool Therapy Rooms
34 Castle Street, Suite 5
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 0NR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom
Nina Woods

Nina Woods