Life can be challenging, daunting & overwhelming at times and we could all do with some help now and then. I believe with the right support, we can all achieve positive change.
I’m an integrative therapeutic counsellor working with Transactional Analysis, CBT and Gestalt. I can also work creatively with you to bypass cognitive defences and work with your subconscious on a deeper level of exploration and bring about positive change.
I deeply attune to you & respond to your individual needs, shaping my therapeutic approach accordingly. I assist you in the learning of useful coping & self soothing techniques to help you to feel better in present.
I have a wealth of clinical experience having worked in both the public & private sectors and currently work as the lead therapist at 'Reach for Solace'.
At Reach for Solace we offer emotional support, counselling & psychotherapy
in a safe, caring environment with an experienced & qualified therapist to help you find your balance.
Therapy can help build awareness of yourself, help build self esteem, restore balance, enhance your relationships, improve your self image and your confidence.
Therapy can help to understand where your opinions and beliefs came from and how you came to be where you are now.
"If something eases your disappointment or grief, consider it a Solace"
If you are unsure if therapy is for you or you are feeling particularly anxious we offer an optional free of charge, confidential & commitment-free telephone conversation with a qualified therapist. Your initial face to face counselling/psychotherapy session is half price.
In your initial session you will be able to discuss further what you can expect from therapy, we can find out more about you and what has brought you to us at Reach for Solace.
We provide a discreet service ensuring confidentiality & anonymity. Our service is not signposted as a counselling service ensuring discreet access & egress.
There is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and look at any concerns you may have in relation to coming for counselling in your therapy sessions or during your free telephone call.
Our last appointment we offer is at 8 pm every evening and we offer Sunday appointments as we understand people lead busy lives.
Contact us today to see how we can help or visit our website for more information.
When it all feels too much...'Reach for Solace'.
A haven for Counselling, Psychotherapy & emotional support
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications I have obtained are:
Diploma in therapeutic Counselling at the only Accredited course in the North East- Northern Guild for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I am a member of the BACP
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
All therapy sessions last 50 minutes
After your half price initial consultation prices are then as follows:
Individual Counselling £40
Couples Counselling £50
For your convenience during the lockdown I am offering online appointments via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp video call & telephone.
Mon-Sat: 9am - 9pm Sun: 10am - 4pm
Our work carried out across most areas of counselling has included:
Establishing a relationship of trust and respect with clients
Agreeing a counselling contract to determine what will be covered in sessions (including confidentiality issues)
Encouraging clients to talk about issues they feel they cannot normally share with others
Actively listening to client concerns and empathising with their position
Accepting without bias the issues raised by clients
Helping clients towards a deeper understanding of their concerns
Challenging any inconsistencies in what clients say or do
Helping clients to make decisions and choices regarding possible ways forward
Referring clients to other sources of help, as appropriate
Attending supervision and training courses
Undertaking personal therapy
Liaising, as necessary, with other agencies and individuals to help make changes based on the issues raised by clients
Working to agreed goals in relation to client contract
Undertaking group as well as individual therapy on occasions
Keeping records and using reporting tools.