Welcome to SoulKind counselling, if you have made it this far then you've made the first step in committing yourself to becoming the best version of you, or the "you" that you want to be. It might not have been an easy journey so far but I am here to work with you to help you understand and overcome the obstacles in your life.
A bit more about me
Currently I work with adults and young people in private practice and am also a registered Anxiety UK Therapist. During the day I work as a High School Counsellor in Tameside and I have had the privilege of working for a number of charities in Greater Manchester since qualifying, including MhIST, Relate and Off The Record.
In the past I have also worked for an Employee Assistance Programme, with a focus on short-term counselling and supporting people in getting back to work. Outside of counselling I have worked with adults and young people with learning disabilities and Autism, and also as an English teacher. Some of my work has taken me abroad to South Korea, Myanmar and India, I have had the opportunity to work with people from many different cultures and backgrounds and value the diversity our world brings.
So why are you here?
Perhaps you feel you've reached a breaking point, or that you've been "stuck" for a while now and don't know how to move forward. Perhaps you are struggling with your relationships with those around you, or more so, your relationship with yourself. Whatever the reason, I can provide a safe, non-judgemental space for us to explore these issues.
How can counselling help?
First of all, counselling is a collaborative process, that means we work together to figure out ways for you to move forward. I use a "person centred" approach in therapy, which is based on the idea that we are ALL individuals, ALL unique and ALL capable of fulfilling our potential. This also means that I tailor my practice based on each individual's needs. I can also incorporate mindfulness and meditation techniques into the sessions, which may help with anxiety, stress and general relaxation.
Some of the areas I have worked with the most include anxiety, depression, bereavement / grief, self-esteem/ confidence and self-harm. I have published research in the area of social anxiety and have a particular interest in the use of mindfulness for anxiety.
I welcome clients of any gender, race, sexuality and from all backgrounds, whoever you are and whatever you are experiencing, you deserve to be supported in a non-judgemental space. You are a valuable human being and you are worth my time.
**Please note that I am currently only available for online counselling as I am in the process of relocating my practice from Manchester to Derbyshire**
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc Counselling and Psychology - University of Bolton (2014)
- PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Salford (2017)
Recent Training/ Short Courses:
- Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma informed way (2020 - NAPAC)
- Bereavement and Complex Grief (2020 - BACP)
- Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment (2020)
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-harm (2021)
- Working with Psychiatric Drugs (BACP, 2021) - If you are thinking about reducing or coming off antidepressants or other psychiatric medication, I can support you through this process.
- Licenced Practitioner of the Rewind Technique (IARTT, 2021) for processing traumatic memories.
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
From £40.00 to £45.00
£45 for a 50 minute session
I offer a discount for block bookings at £160 for 4 sessions
Sessions will be paid in advance via bank transfer
It's a big step booking that first session, I know as I've been in the other chair as well. So I offer a free 20 minute phone consultation to ease the transition, answer any questions you might have and allow you to make an informed decision.
I am available MON - FRI between 4:30pm and 7pm for online counselling
Please contact me via email or on 07716787052 to book a session or 20 minute phone consultation
Is Online counselling for me?
Admittedly I was sceptical about online counselling before I tried it out of necessity, but I have found that I am still able to maintain a meaningful connection with clients through the use of video calls and have seen no difference in the effects/ benefits of counselling using this method as opposed to face to face work.
Many find that online counselling fits conveniently around busy lifestyles and also provides the option to open up from the comfort of your own home, saving time, and reducing worries about parking and lateness. For these reasons it may be worth being open to the experience of remote counselling/ psychotherapy.
However, others may struggle with the use of technology, not having a private space at home or a stable internet connection. If these issues apply to you then online counselling may be a struggle. If you have any further questions, I am happy to answer these during a 20 minute phone consultation and talk you through what to expect from online counselling.
Why are sessions 50 minutes?
Sometimes known as the "counselling hour" there are a few reasons for this. The 10 minutes following the end of the session provides time for admin, reflection (for counsellor and client!) and adequate time to prepare for the next appointment.
Why is counselling so expensive?
While the hourly rate may seem high for a counsellor, we have to deduct the cost of supervision, advertising, accounting, CPD, professional memberships, insurance and sometimes room rent/ other costs from that total. Additionally, it is not possible for counsellors in private practice to see 35+ clients a week! Actually it is not ethically recommended that we see more than 20 clients per week due to the nature of the work.