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MBACP (Accred)

About me

I am an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor I have been working as an NHS Counsellor for over six years . I am able to offer confidential and supportive, counselling to private clients from my comfortable Counselling rooms in Hale, near Altrincham and also in Prestwich in North Manchester.

Many of my clients see me for help with depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss issues, relationship problems or work place stress. As a professional counsellor, I am trained to offer you a safe, supportive and confidential space where I can help you deal with the issues you wish to work on.

With over Fourteen years' of continuous post qualifying counselling experience, I have developed a style of counselling which, I am told, offers a high level of warmth and support. My role is not to judge you, but to work closely with you whether that involves relaxation techniques to help with anxiety or to employ more creative methods to tackle specific problems.  My counselling is easily tailored to your individual needs and goals.

As a therapist, I wish to help all clients learn to cope more effectively with life’s dramas, stresses and strains.  It is my aim to help every client to find more fulfillment, contentment and peace in their lives.

Contact me

If you would like to have an informal chat about my work or to ask me any questions, please feel free to call me or e mail me and I will try and reply as soon as possible. 07967 752790

Counselling for Professionals - In the last two years I have provided Counselling by Phone or face-to-face for Public sector employees . I have been providing short term Counselling to clients from a diverse number of professions, including working with Greater Manchester police, NHS staff, Foreign Office employees, Army personnel, and I have a special interest and much experience in working with teaching staff.

Women and personal growth -

Over the many years I have been counselling I have enjoyed working with many interesting women from diverse backgrounds as they approach various life changes. I have worked with women looking for Counselling following an important life transition such as, starting a family,  women who wish to improve their self-esteem and relationships or perhaps they wish to become more assertive. Many of the women I work with want to deal with a loss such as divorce or perhaps 'empty nest syndrome'. I am happy to work with you to calmly deal with any issue you bring to therapy and help you find your own hidden resources for coping with whatever is troubling you.

Training and experience

I obtained my certificate and Diploma in Counselling at Salford University in 2005. , The main body of my current work is working as an NHS Counsellor within Salford medical centres , G.P practices and psychology settings.   I have over five years experience counselling victims of crime and domestic violence for the organisation Victim Support. I have also been the school Counsellor at a high school in Salford for two years. I am a registered  member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and have achieved BACP Accredited status, which means I am bound by a strict code of professional ethics.

My preferred Model of working is with Person-Centred therapy working in a non-directive way but having gained a Certificate in CBT, I can offer my clients a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy perspective as well.

If you just want a chat to see if you think I can offer you the type of counselling you are looking for, please give me a call for an informal and confidential discussion. 07967 752790

Training, qualifications & experience

OU/BACP Counselling online a coronavirus primer 2020 - CPD

Certificate in Supervision 2018 - The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral therapy - 2011

Safeguarding children - Manchester city council 2009

Neurological understanding of Post traumatic stress disorder - Salford university 2007

CBT approaches to Post traumatic Stress disorder - Salford university 2007

Supporting victims of Domestic violence - Victim Support 2007

Diploma in Counselling - Salford university 2005

Certificate in Counselling with distinction  - Salford university 2003

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavment

Relationship issues

Womens issues

Work place stress

Abuse

Parenting

Photos & videos

Fees

Additional information

Session prices start at £45.00

Telephone counselling sessions are also available for £35.00 per session

When I work

Telephone Counselling and on line Counselling

Daytime appointments : Monday, Thursday and Friday, Evening appointments : Available Sunday appointments by arrangement

Further information

Many of my private clients have been staff in schools or public sector settings.I also work with Parents of children with special needs.

I have a particular interest and experience in working with work place difficulites, and work for an Employment Assistance Programme that provides support to Public sector employees.

I have a special interest in working with teaching staff and have experience of working with young adults and older children with special needs in particular Dyslexia..

If you wish to discuss my experience with these client group's or I can offer you help or advice please call me for a confidential chat.

Hale, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA15

The Perrin Clinic, 83 Whittaker Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M25 1ET

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme