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Most of us will experience times in our lives when we feel that we are not able to cope effectively with the challenges that are facing us. Counselling may be able to help us at such times. It will not offer off the peg solutions to life's challenges which we simply need to adopt for all to be well again; but can provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential environment where we can be supported to explore the origins and causes of those challenges we face and to work towards achieving positive outcomes which can lead us to a more comfortable and self-fulfilling place in life.
My own interest in counselling grew out of the support that I received during a particularly challenging time in my own life. I was fortunate enough to work with a counsellor who supported me to explore the root causes of my own challenges and to identify changes to both my own understanding and to develop coping strategies which allowed me to move towards a place in life where I was more confident both of my own worth and my ability to deal with the challenges that I would certainly meet in the future.
This led to me undertaking a range of counselling courses culminating in a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from Durham University.
My experience in counselling includes , establishing a counselling service for a Princess Royal Trust ( now Carers Trust) Carers Centre, working with the Samaritans, Relate, Private Practice and Employment Counselling.
If you think that counselling may be able to help you please feel free to contact me to informally discuss any questions that you may have. An initial session should give you an insight into whether the counselling process may be able to support you in moving to a more fulfilling place in life.
Counselling cannot promise to be an easy journey, but if we are able to approach it with a 100% commitment to finding a more comfortable level of self worth and understanding it can be a rewarding journey. I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on that journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
My practical counselling experience, which covers over 20 years, includes. private practice. Samaritans, Relate, Employment Counselling, as well as establishing a counselling service for Carers.
My basic approach is through Person Centered Counselling but will always seek to draw from a range of counselling styles in order to best meet the needs of each person.
I initially studied at Durham University gaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling. In order to undertake work with Relate and The Samaritans I took part in their in house training courses. Since qualification I have taken part in a number of courses which have included such subjects as Psycho Dynamic, Cognitive Behavior, and Guides Visualization.
As well as counselling services I am able to offer short courses in Guided Visualization Relaxation either to individuals or small groups of people.This method of working can provide positive support for such problems as Stress, Depression, Anger, anxiety, pain management and Phobias
I am able offer counselling for a number of situations and work with individuals, couples, groups and families. My role as a counsellor is to provide a safe, understanding and confidential yet challenging environment where people can work to explore the root causes of their problems and gain understanding of how they can best maximize their own individual strengths to work towards a more positive and fulfilling future.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£20.00 - £45.00
Concessions offered for
- Initial session - £20
- Single session - £45
- 5 pre-paid sessions - £200
When I work
Appointments available 08:00 - 19:00 Monday - Sunday. I will always try my best to offer an initial appointment within 2 working days.
If you think that counselling may be helpful to you please feel free to contact me to informally discuss any question you have. An initial session should help you decide whether the counselling may be able to support you in moving to a more fulfilling place in life. Counselling cannot promise to be an easy process but if we are able to approach it with a 100% commitment to finding a more comfortable level of self-worth and understanding it can be a rewarding journey. I look forward to the opportunity to walk alongside you on that journey.
If I am not available when you ring leave your contact details and I will return your call as soon as possible.
I will always try my best to offer an initial appointment within 2 working days of your enquiry.