Talking about your issues and concerns - and being listened to - in a counselling relationship offers a different way of looking at life and can bring about positive change, at any age. You may be feeling nervous about seeing a counsellor and unsure you are ready to talk about the difficulties you are facing or the painful feelings they evoke. Whatever your predicament or concern, I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space to help you to both explore and confront those painful (and often complex issues), and ultimately to move forward with your life.
The first step is for us to meet so that we can think about what is troubling you and how I can best help. Our initial session will be an opportunity for us to talk about what has brought you to counselling and to decide if I am the right person to help you. We will also explore what you are hoping to achieve from counselling.
If we decide to work together we will agree a contract covering the day and time of sessions, the fee and other practical details. Many issues can be resolved with short term work, typically 6 to 12 sessions, whilst some may need longer term therapy. This is an important matter that will be discussed when we meet.
If we decide not to work together, I can help you to think about other possibilities
In our sessions we will work at your own pace, in response to what you bring. This means you won’t feel under any pressure to move too quickly through events. Equally, we won’t discuss any painful or personal events unless and until you’re ready to explore them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified in 2006 as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at WPF Therapy in London, a respected international centre for therapy training. I subsequently undertook specialised training in responding to trauma/PTSD at the Tavistock, London. I have been employed as a therapist in both the NHS and the voluntary sector, maintained a private practice and been a clinical manager of GP counselling services. I have also spent periods overseas working as a therapist and designing counselling interventions.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), a professional body promoting excellence in the counselling sector, and I work according to their Code of Ethics.
I have degrees from Glasgow and Reading universities.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
I charge £25 for an initial counselling assessment. If we agree to meet again, subsequent sessions - of 50 minutes duration - are £40.
Counselling via Skype or telephone is £35 per 50 minute session.
I offer counselling appointments from the market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, using safe, confidential premises no more than 100 yards from the Market Square. Good public parking is available throughout the town. Kirkby Lonsdale lies 7 miles east of Jct 36 of the M6 and is well served by the A65.
Please contact me by phone or email if you are thinking about making an appointment. You can also reach me by email via my website.
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Types of client