I am a BACP Accredited Person Centred Counsellor, EMDR therapist and Couples counsellor with experience of working in education, charities and the NHS. I co-own the Wellbeing Centre @ Buckshaw, where I work from comfortable, modern counselling rooms, with parking, on Buckshaw Village, near Chorley.
I am Enhanced DBS checked.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Cumbria in 2014, following on from Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Person Centred Counselling and Listening Skills and my degree in Pure and Applied Philosophy
I have completed EMDR Association Accredited Training, Parts 1 to 3, and I undertake ongoing CPD including working with EMDR with dissociative process. I am a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.
I have experience of working in charities, specialising in bereavement work and trauma, in particular sexualised trauma, and of working in a primary school setting, and Further Education.
I recently left the NHS to work in private practice, but my experience of the NHS was working with children and young people, from age 11-25. In this role I completed all mandatory training for this including Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults, and had experience of working with children and young people that had experience of the social care system.
I have completed suicide awareness training.
Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
DURING COVID-19 I AM OFFERING TELEPHONE, VIDEO AND ONLINE CHAT COUNSELLING SESSIONS. PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR DETAILS.
I AM OFFERING A REDUCED FEE FOR FRONTLINE STAFF IN THE EMERGENCY SERVICES, TRANSPORT, RETAIL AND TEACHING.
I am currently offering sessions remotely, through video or telephone call.
Counselling sessions last one hour, and cost £45
I AM OFFERING A REDUCED FEE FOR FRONTLINE STAFF FROM THE EMERGENCY SERVICES, TRANSPORT, RETAIL AND TEACHING. PLEASE EMAIL OR TEXT ME WITH ENQUIRIES.
I offer a free initial assessment that lasts approximately 30 minutes, where you can talk through your counselling needs, and see if you feel comfortable working with me. Currently initial consultations are done through video or telephone call.
EMDR sessions lasting 60 or 90 minutes and cost £60 / £90 respectively. EMDR is offered as a stand alone therapy, or as an adjunct therapy alongside counselling.
Couples counselling sessions last 60 minutes and cost £55.
I also offer relationship counselling sessions, lasting 60 minutes and costing £55, for clients that wish to work with another family member eg. parent and child or siblings.
I work for some private health insurance companies including BUPA and Avivia.
Concessions offered for
I have been working as a counsellor for 6 years, and have experience of working with different age groups from the age of 5 upwards.
I have worked in private practice, for charities and also within educational settings and the NHS. I have worked with clients who are experiencing mild, moderate and more severe and complex mental health concerns, with concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexuality and identity, suicidality, trauma and bereavement.
My particular experience is of working with the impact of trauma, in particular sexualised and developmental trauma. I am qualified in EMDR and able to use this as an adjunct therapy to counselling, incorporating techniques for managing overwhelming feelings in order for clients to feel safe in us working together.
I work from a Person Centred Approach, informed by attachment and trauma theory. I offer a supportive, compassionate and reliable space where clients can safely explore their experiences.