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About me

I practice from Birkdale and Wigan

Immediate bookings can be arranged if you require someone to talk to.

I am qualified to practice the therapeutic models of Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Integrative counselling.   I am also currently employed as a Curriculum Leader for Counselling involved in the training of counsellors, CBT therapists and clinical supervisors. I also currently work for a National Awarding Body for Counselling training as a National Examiner and Moderator.

The person-centred approach is based on the theory and philosophy of Dr Carl Rogers. It is a non-directive approach to being with another; that believes in the others potential and ability to make the right choices for him or her self, regardless of the therapist's own values, beliefs and ideas.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties. What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT.

Couples Counselling is an effective way to help you feel better about your relationship. Couples Counselling allows you to deal with any negative feelings or behaviours you have within your relationship and helps to overcome your issues. It’s a talking therapy that allows you to talk about your problems and feelings together in a secure, supportive and dependable environment.

Talking therapy such as Counselling is ideal for relationships as at their core a relationship is about communication, and that’s not just talking! It’s how we listen and respond, it’s also our body language, actions and all the different forms of physical interaction and intimacy. Importantly it’s about communicating to ‘get your needs met’ and that’s both of your needs!

During times of mental distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress.
CBT practitioners help each person identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviour. In doing this, the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.

I believe you deserve to be happy and fulfilled in your life and that you have the ability to make that happen. Life can be challenging and difficult and I am trained to help you through your troubles and to support you to make changes in your life.

I believe that we all have a basic need for help and support. I am an independent, non-judgemental professional, who has been trained to support you and help you find the internal resources to resolve your problems.

From my experience, I know that counselling and psychotherapy can help people make profound changes in their lives and relationships. These changes happen through a greater understanding of ourselves and why we think, feel and behave in certain ways. That understanding enables us to accept ourselves and make changes within a safe and supportive environment.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • National Moderator / Examiner for a national counselling training awarding body
  • Counselling Clinical Supervisor
  • Curriculum leader for Counselling for two large HE providers in the North West
  • Therapist - University of Liverpool
  • Therapist - Edge Hill University
  • Counsellor - Southport College
  • Associate Therapist - Liverpool John Moore's University
  • Counsellor - IICSA
  • Counselling Senior Lecturer - Further Education Sector
  • Counselling Trainer - Progressive Counselling Training
  • Counsellor - PJA Counselling Private Practice
  • Bereavement Counsellor -LBS
  • Bereavement Counsellor- WLBS


  • Motivational Interviewing.
  • Working with Suicidal ideation.
  • Working with Self Injury.
  • Relationship counselling.
  • Substance Misuse.
  • Working with anger.

Member organisations


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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Experienced in:
Couples counselling

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Additional information

£40.00 per hour - Individual
£55.00 per hour - Couple

£50.00 per session (Qualified)
£40.00 per session (Students)

When I work

Please contact me for availability. I practice from Birkdale and Wigan

Further information

Experience in Couples counselling.

Pier House, Wallgate, Wigan, Manchester, WN3 4AL

Birkdale, Southport, West Lancs, PR8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

I am a qualified supervisor with experience of working with qualified counsellors and counsellors in training.

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