I am grounded in the person-centred tradition and believe in the potential of the individual for positive growth. For me, counselling involves allowing myself to be affected by another person, attempting to deeply understand, so that my own thoughts and feelings may be of use to the other person. At the same time, I try to maintain a sense of separateness that allows me to hold the session safely and professionally. I will not be trying to "work you out", to give you advice or apply fixes. Instead, I will strive to listen deeply and be alongside you in your situation. I aim to help you discover your own way forward.
Person-centred counselling has been described as holding up a mirror to another's life. However, this description seems too detached - counselling is not an imitation, it is real, genuine human interaction. I believe a therapeutic relationship offers the conditions needed to enable positive change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified person-centred therapist and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Cumbria. This two year course involved extensive self-reflection that not only enhanced my own understanding of myself but, through this process, mirrored some elements of the therapeutic journey taken by many clients. Further, the course encouraged me to explore genuine openness and the challenges and rewards of meeting others without the masks we tend to hide behind in daily life. As a result, I am a counsellor who will always try to be myself with you. This doesn't mean I will share my life-story with you, but it means I will try to respond as honestly and openly as I can to what you bring. There are no clever or hidden tricks to person-centred counselling. For me, it is about being as grounded as possible in my own humanity so that I can be with you in yours.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The BACP not only supports me, but is also there to maintain high standards of counselling. My membership means I am expected to continue to engage with new ideas, improve my own standards of work and also work within the BACP code of ethics.
I have experience of working as a counsellor for a charity in Preston and also in Morecambe. I feel strongly that counselling should be accessible to all. If cost is preventing you from seeking counselling, please speak to me about the possibility of arranging a reduced fee.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 per session, though I offer some flexibility around this when therapy would not otherwise be affordable. Sessions last approximately an hour.
I offer the initial counselling session for a reduced fee of £20. Alternatively, we can arrange a free meeting of up to half an hour. The second option is not designed to be therapy but to give you a chance to ask any questions you might have and discuss what counselling with me might offer you.