Beginning therapy can be a daunting prospect. However, we work with whatever you choose to bring and at your desired pace, and we won’t discuss any painful or personal events unless and until you’re ready to look at them.
There could be lots of reasons why you may benefit from therapy: a recent loss, past trauma, recurring anxieties and/or depression, relationship difficulties or perhaps you just want to understand yourself a little better. Whatever it is, my role is to give you the space you need. This includes managing an environment that is non-judgmental and compassionate, while working alongside you to unpack whatever it is that is of concern to you. Crucially, confidentiality is a core condition: all that is discussed remains in the room.
The first step is to meet to begin to talk about why you are considering some counselling. This initial assessment comes with no conditions or obligations attached. During the session, I will spend time both listening and, when appropriate, offering ideas, insights and suggestions to better understand your predicament. The meeting will also be an opportunity for me to think about whether I have the requisite experience and resources to support you; and for both of us to gauge how comfortable we might feel working together for a period of therapy.
Many issues can be resolved with short term work, typically 6 to 12 sessions; others might need longer term therapy. This is an important matter that will also be discussed when we meet.
If we decide not to work together, I can help you to think about other options.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2006, I completed a four-year core training in psychotherapy at WPF Therapy in London. I subsequently spent a further year at the Tavistock, also in London, deepening my therapeutic responses to clients presenting with trauma and PTSD.
I am registered and accredited with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their code of ethics. I am also a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).
My professional experience has included working as a psychotherapist in both the NHS and the voluntary sector; operating as a senior manager of counselling services in an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) setting; and maintaining a private practice.
I have considerable experience using both short-term (6-12 sessions) and longer/open ended counselling frameworks. I am also accredited in delivering Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), a 16-session therapeutic intervention.
On an ongoing basis, I am actively engaged in further enhancing my practice by attending regular supervision, as well as attending workshops and seminars providing continuing professional development (CPD).
I am currently pursuing BACP accreditation in supervision.
I have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Teesside, Glasgow and Reading Universities
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The fee for an initial face to face assessment is £25 and for subsequent sessions, £40. Concessionary fee arrangements may be available depending on circumstances and availability. This can be discussed during our first meeting. Counselling via telephone or Skype is £35 per session.
I also offer supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists at £30/session. This is a reduced rate whilst I am completing a course in supervision, accredited by BACP.
I offer counselling appointments in Kendal & Kirkby Lonsdale
Kendal (on Tuesdays).
Venue: Quaker Tapestry, Friends Meeting House, Stramongate Kendal LA9 4BH
Kirkby Lonsdale (on Tuesday evenings & Wednesdays)
Venue: Lunesdale Hall, Bective Road, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2BG
Please contact me by phone or email if you are thinking about making an appointment.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I am currently studying for a Diploma in the Practice of Supervision at the Leeds Centre for Psychological Development.