PgDip in Counselling & Psychotherapy; MSc, PhD. Reg.MBACP
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Hello and a warm welcome,
I'd like to explore with you if we might be suited to work together, whether you are looking for online, in-person or walk& talk sessions.
- Perhaps the recent Covid situation took a toll and you are experiencing feelings of anxiety, depression and low motivation; after living for so long with the restrictions, you may be feeling anxious about life "going back to normal" and wish to process these feelings and perhaps learn new ways to feel calmer, less anxious and more resilient in your day to day life.
- Maybe you have lost a loved one recently and are grieving your loss;
- Or you finally have the time to start addressing long-standing issues which have been impacting your life for a while, like low self-esteem or low self-confidence.
- It could be that you are having relationship problems and need a space of your own to explore what's going on and make better informed decisions.
- Or you are at a transition stage of your life, e.g. going to or leaving university; starting a family; changing jobs and/or starting a new career; aging and dealing with physical and mental challenges e.g. brought on by the menopause.
- Perhaps you feel unhappy with your life in general and want to work out why...
Whatever is troubling you, I am deeply committed to our work together, so you can be certain of my dedication to do my very best to support and assist you in finding your own path through therapy.
How I work - As a counsellor/psychotherapist I believe each client is unique and, as such, demands an individual therapeutic approach to address their problems. I aim at providing a therapeutic experience that is individually tailored to you. This means remaining open and responsive to your unique needs which may change over the course of therapy. You have within you the answers you seek; my role is to provide you with a safe environment for these to emerge, in an equal, respectful partnership, and within a completely private and confidential setting.
I work in a gentle, empathic and non-directive manner, in which a genuine, caring, warm and non-judgmental presence is fundamental to the way I practice. This forms the basis for our relationship, as I listen to you with care and attention, including to those parts of you which may be difficult to talk about. We will work at your own pace, giving you the time, space and tools that you need to process whatever is problematic, distressing and challenging for you.
My Theoretical Background and Practical Skills - I practice within a person-centred pluralistic framework. I draw from several therapeutic models to best address your needs and goals for the therapy, making the best use of my knowledge and experience not only as a counsellor but also as a fellow human being. In conjunction with the Person-Centred approach, I use primarily the Hakomi method which is a mindfulness, somatic and present experience-based approach.
Additionally, I make use of art therapy (e.g. drawing, painting, making collages, using figurines, etc) to facilitate the expressing and making sense of ideas, feelings and experiences that are often hard to put into words.
I also offer walk & talk therapy for those who might prefer nature-based therapeutic work or just an outdoors setting for their sessions. This can be freeing and less inhibiting for certain clients and a helpful way to start the therapeutic process.
We will discover together the most helpful strategies to explore your difficulties, in a safe and creative manner, and to work effectively towards achieving your goals. My approach is holistic so I take into consideration not only what’s going on for you at an emotional level but also physically and spiritually (if meaningful for you), as our therapeutic work unfolds.
How Counselling could work for you - In therapy, you could learn strategies to manage challenging emotional states such as panic attacks and flashbacks as well as self-regulation skills and how to look after your mental health not only in the present moment but going forward into the future.
Our work together could mean looking into your history (if appropriate), at your thoughts, feelings, reactions and behaviours. These can be made sense of in the context of your life and challenged, so that new, more helpful perspectives of relating to yourself, others and your life circumstances can be found.
This process leads to a greater understanding of you as a whole person so that hopefully you will feel more empowered to make your own choices. Clients report feeling more whole, and having greater resilience, self-acceptance and -confidence as a result, which leads to being better able to manage their difficulties more effectively.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training - I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am a Registered Member of the BACP. As such I follow their code for ethical practice and my work is supervised, as required by this regulatory body.
I am fully committed to my own personal & professional development and continually update my knowledge through reading, supervision, discussions with peers and by attending training workshops on a variety of topics and approaches to complement my therapeutic skills.
As a former scientist, I am very interested in the various theories about the psychotherapeutic process and how our mind works, and my practice is underpinned by a solid and extensive body of knowledge, e.g. in the fields of neuroscience, trauma recovery and attachment theory.
Work Experience - I have worked as a counsellor since 2012, with adults. I currently work privately and as a volunteer for a local counselling charity. I have, therefore, ample experience with clients from different backgrounds, ethnicity, age, and with a very wide range of presenting issues. I have a special interest in developmental trauma and the impact of adverse childhood events, and have successfully assisted clients in making sense of their early experiences to overcome and heal the wounds and difficulties that can arise as a result, later in life.
I have lived with chronic illness for most of my life; thus, I believe I have a deep understanding of what it means to live a life within the constraints, challenges and questions that chronic illness poses. I can offer empathy and support to clients wishing to explore their experiences of chronic (or otherwise) illness as they discover for themselves how to lead a fulfilling life, despite their circumstances.
I am comfortable exploring sexuality and gender issues as well as spirituality, suicide, death and dying (whether from a spiritual or secular perspective).
Meditation & Mindfulness - I am an experienced meditator and use mindfulness practices to help clients manage distressing symptoms e.g. panic attacks, feelings and emotions (such as those associated with trauma, anxiety, depression, PTDS, etc.), and to promote deep relaxation. I can also guide clients in establishing a meditation practice if we decide this would be useful and appeals to them.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Developmental trauma; historic child abuse. Menopause.
From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I work on a sliding scale and leave it to the client to decide what is appropriate for them to pay, according to their income.
I offer a no-obligation, free 30 minute session to meet and discuss if we are suited to work together. You are welcome to contact me, and I am very happy to answer any questions you may have and/or to explore if counselling is right for you at this point in time, without any obligation. I aim to reply to email inquiries within 48hrs and I am usually able to set up an initial consultation within the same week.
When I work
Between 9.30am and 5pm. Weekend sessions also available. Sessions last 1hr, usually weekly or fortnightly, at the same time, and I work short- or long-term.
I live on the A6, a 20’ walk from central Lancaster. There is a regular bus service from the town centre to (nearly) my doorstep and also parking in front of the house and neighbouring streets. Although the counselling room is on the ground floor, unfortunately there are several steps leading from the street to the house, making it unsuitable to those with mobility issues. For those who cannot physically access the house, I can offer online counselling.