Over the past 24 years I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide cross section of people, giving me the skills and experience to help you overcome your difficulties. I have a Diploma in Counselling and also an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have helped many clients with issues such as anxiety and depression.
Counselling can be an opportunity to get things off your chest, sometimes things you have never spoken about to anybody before. It can help you to manage and understand your feelings better. I work in a gentle, supportive way, helping clients come to their own understandings about themselves, rather than providing them with advice.
Making the first appointment: I offer weekday, evening and weekend appointments. I will reply to any phone or email messages promptly and can usually arrange an initial appointment within a week. The purpose of this meeting, which is at a reduced rate, is for us to decide together whether the type of counselling I offer is likely to help you.
If you are emailing or leaving me a phone message please let me know when would be a good time for me to call you back. It may be that you prefer to arrange an appointment by exchanging emails, which is fine - if that is the case please let me know your preferred times for appointments.
Please don't hesitate to ring me or email me to have an initial chat and to ask any questions you may have. Taking the first step to speak to a counsellor can be difficult; I will work hard at helping you to feel as comfortable as possible.
Fees for Counselling
£50.00 per hour
I offer a few concessionary spaces; please ask about availability.
I am currently working solely via Zoom or over the telephone.
I am looking forward to offering face to face counselling again in the future (though some clients may continue to prefer working remotely).
This will be once I make the assessment that it is safe to do so, for myself and for my clients and supervisees.
I work from my home, in a dedicated counselling room, in Heaton Mersey.
There are plenty of parking spaces available on the road. It is also easily accessible by bus (a five minute walk from Didsbury Road) bus services 42,42A, 23, 370, 84 and 197.
Distance from Heaton Chapel railway station 1.2 miles - trains running between Manchester and Stockport frequently stop at this station.
Distance from East Didsbury metro station 1.1 miles - frequent metros run between Manchester city centre and this metro station.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and also a fully accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework (for more details see www.bacp.co.uk)
I am fully insured by the PPS (Psychologists Protection Society) www.ppstrust.org
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate which is renewed on a yearly basis
Diploma in Counselling (North Trafford College) 1997
MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Salford) 2011
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Level 7 (University of Derby) August 2016
I have also studied two years of Transactional Analysis at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy (1994 – 1996)
BA (Hons) French and Spanish Language and Literature, 2:1 (Manchester Polytechnic) 1983
Edexcel Level 5 BTEC Professional Award in Management Studies (Stockport College) 2010
Having worked as a counsellor for 22 years in various settings including a GP Practice, Manchester University and Stockport College, I have worked with a diverse range of clients in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and disability and helped people deal with a wide range of issues.
Over the years I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide cross section of people; this means I have the skills and experience to help you overcome your difficulties and to help you develop strategies to manage challenges in the future.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Study related stress
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Fees for Counselling
£50.00 per hour.
I offer a reduced fee initial consultation session - £30 per hour
I offer a few concessionary spaces; please ask about availability.
I offer appointments on weekdays, some evenings and also on Saturday morning. I am currently offering sessions via Zoom or over the telephone rather than in person.
Sometimes it can be difficult speaking to friends or family members about how we are feeling, however close we are to them. People often find that speaking to a counsellor, who is completely separate from their lives, gives them the chance to sort out their thoughts and feelings without being offered advice or false reassurance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please see below some of the questions I get asked most frequently, which you may find useful.
How can counselling help?
Counselling can help people manage and understand their feelings better. It can be an opportunity to get things off your chest, sometimes things you have never spoken to anybody about before.
People often say that it’s easier to talk to a person who is completely separate from their lives and someone who will not give advice or pass judgements but will help you make your own sense of your situation.
As well as gaining a deeper understanding of yourself you will be helped to develop improved strategies for dealing with current and future challenges. For example counselling can help to bring about improvements in relationships with family, friends and work colleagues.
What kind of issues can counselling help with?
Counselling can help with issues from the past, possibly stemming from difficulties in childhood and also with current issues such as relationship difficulties, bereavement and problems at work.
People who would like to work on ongoing issues relating to low self-esteem, low confidence or managing anger or anxiety also find counselling helpful.
What will happen at the first session?
After our first contact, by phone or email, we will agree to meet for an initial consultation session. The purpose of this session is for us to decide together whether the type of counselling I offer is likely to help you.
I will ask you to give me an overview of what your difficulties are and what you are hoping to gain from counselling but we won’t be going into any depth about your issues. I will explain how I work and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have.
You may not feel ready to decide whether to start counselling with me during this session; you may need to go away and think about it, which is fine.
If we agree during this session that another type of counselling is likely to be more beneficial for you I will help you to find a different counsellor.
What can I expect from counselling?
I offer a welcoming, non-judgemental, authentic and safe presence. I encourage clients to express and explore their thoughts and feelings about their current situation and also about things that may have happened in the past.
Counselling is not just a friendly chat discussing the week’s events as you would do with a friend or family member. I will not be offering an opinion or giving advice as they might do (though I may sometimes provide information which I think could help you).
A counsellor is an impartial professional who is trained to listen in a non-judgemental way and to work with your emotions while not getting emotional themselves. One of my aims is to help you develop your understanding of yourself and of other people in your life and to help you come up with strategies and solutions for yourself, solutions that will work for you.
How frequent are the sessions and how long are they?
The sessions last for 60 minutes, and generally occur weekly at the same time and day but this is open to negotiation. This is something we will discuss at the first session and we will review it on a regular basis. Initially I usually recommend weekly sessions as I have found this works best for most people; people sometimes reduce the frequency of sessions subsequently.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
If you are unable to attend a session my preference is for us to rebook for another time that week or the following week. A very late cancellation of a session (less than 24 hours notice) or failure to attend a session would incur the full fee (unless this is due to a family emergency or sudden illness/accident).
I will inform you well in advance if I am not going to be available, e.g. due to a holiday or training session. If I am not able to make a session, e.g. because of illness, I will give you as much notice as possible and will offer you an alternative session at the earliest convenient time..
How many sessions am I likely to need?
This will be negotiated between us. It is likely to be at least several weeks. Some clients attend for a few weeks, some for a few months or years. Sometimes clients have a break and then return when they feel that counselling would be useful again. We will review after six weeks, to discuss how the counselling is going; part of this will be to look at how many more sessions to have.
What if I decide I want to stop the sessions?
You are free to end the counselling at any time and there will be no pressure on you to continue counselling against your wishes. This will be discussed during our work, as mentioned above and we will work towards an ending at the time it feels right for you.
Is what I tell you confidential?
Confidentiality is a very important part of the counselling process: its purpose is to provide you with privacy which can enable a deeper exploration of your difficulties.
Information disclosed by clients is kept strictly confidential; the only occasion it might be broken is if there was a potential risk of serious harm to you or somebody else.
In addition to this as a member of the BACP I am required to have regular clinical supervision and I will need to discuss our work with my supervisor form time to time. However I will not disclose your name or anything that would enable you to be identified.
Do you keep written notes of the sessions?
I keep brief notes of sessions, which do not identify you by name and which are securely stored in a locked filing cabinet. These notes are kept for 6 years and then destroyed.
What do I do if I’m not happy about how counselling is going?
If you have any concerns about our work together please speak to me in the first instance. If this doesn’t resolve the issue for you and you wish to complain this should be directed to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) the counselling body responsible for issues of professional conduct.
As a member of the BACP I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice which is available from the BACP website