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(MSc, PG Dip Couns, MBACP Accred, BSc)

About me

Why come to counselling?

Most people find themselves in dark or confusing places at times throughout their lives, questioning who they are, wrestling with difficult questions, trauma, illness, addiction or bereavement. Sometimes people don't have anyone to share these challenges with or can't share them with those close to them. Despite proverbs about sharing problems, as a society we don't really encourage people to open up. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to do this. I hope to offer a space in which you can feel safe and respected while you explore these challenges and move towards improved mental well being.

How do I work?

I will try to work with you in a way that you want. Primarily I work within the person centred philosophy. Behind the jargon that means in sessions I will strive to create a relationship with you based on understanding, acceptance and honesty. It is through this sort of relationship I hope to help you feel safe enough to truly explore your experiences.

I am unlikely to tell you what to do, we get enough of that in life. You are the expert on yourself I will not try to tell you how to think, feel or act. I believe that if supported the right way you have the capacity to identify and make the changes you want.

  • ​I believe that everyone has value.
  • I believe that everyone has the right and ability to make their own choices even when sometimes you cannot see that, it is really hard or you need some help to do it.
  • I believe that everyone needs help at some point in their lives but sometimes asking for it is the hardest part.

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP accredited member

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) (Liverpool John Moores University)

Level 4 award in Counselling Concepts and Skill Development (University of Chester)

MSc Drug Use and Addiction (Distinction) (Liverpool John Moores University)

BSc Hons Psychology (University of York)

British Infertility Counselling Association Foundation Course

Level 3 Certificate in Understanding and Working with Child Loss and
Bereavement in Counselling and Helping Relationships

My experience in counselling has been in student counselling services, all age community counselling services and private practice.

I have particular interests in addiction, trauma, fertility issues, identity and how people of different genders access support. Actually though I am just interested in working with people.

Often the obvious thing is not the most important thing that people end up bringing to counselling.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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

Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

£40/hour

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Flexible

Liverpool, L19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme