At this confusing time of worry and anxiety in the world, some people may need a little ( or a lot) more support than usual. I am available for telephone and online counselling. No need to leave your home. Appointments are available throughout the day and evening. I am also working face to face from both Alsager and Congleton.
Most of us go through times in our life when we need a little, or a lot of, support. That is where I come in as a person-centred counsellor.
Often it is good to talk to someone who is not a friend or family member. We can be more honest and don’t feel that we are putting our problems onto those we love.
Sometimes we are lonely, suffering from anxiety or depression and believe that we are alone with our troubles and it is useful to have someone to share our thoughts and feelings with. Counselling is there for young and old, men and women. It is my job to help you to find your way through the minefield of life and to help you to make the changes you need, or want, to make. I believe that we all have the answers to our own questions within us and it is my job to help you to recognise those answers and enable you to work with them. You will be offered a confidential, supportive, understanding and non-judgmental environment in which to achieve this.
If you are having marriage or relationship issues or feel that you would benefit from couples counselling I am able to offer support in both of these areas.
I work from two locations - Congleton and IQ Therapies in Alsager. Both counselling locations offer a safe and confidential environment. As well as counselling, IQ offers physiotherapy, alternative treatments such as Reiki and hot stone massage and group classes such as Yoga (all therapists are experts in their fields). You may find some of these other treatments work well alongside your counselling, especially for relaxation.
Whichever location you come to you will be offered a full hour appointment in pleasant surroundings and the session can include a relaxation and breathing control period if you would like it to (learning how to use your breathing to control anxiety and panic attacks can be very beneficial).
Some people find that one or two sessions of counselling is all they require to help them think through their issues whilst others need longer term support. I am more than happy to work in whatever way suits you best and we will do regular informal reviews so that you are always kept in touch with how much progress you are making and you will know and be able to make the decision as to when is the right time to stop counselling.
Many of my clients have low self esteem or lack self confidence and benefit from an understanding and introduction to assertiveness, which enables them to feel more in control of their lives and more able to deal with confrontation. I offer assertiveness training as part of on-going counselling for clients who may benefit from this.
Whilst counselling is often about change and development it can also be a place to put things into perspective, to find alternative ways of looking at life and to come to terms with the things we have no power over, this may include bereavement, loss, relationship breakdown, serious or life changing illness and many more. Counselling is always a challenge, but I hope that I can offer the kind of support which enables you to feel accepted and ultimately leads most people to feeling more positive about themselves and about their lives and thus able to make whatever changes they wish,or feel they need, to make.
I came into counselling after a very hands on and practical career in the stage management of theatre and education. My life has taken a number of directions during the years and I have experienced personal loss and serious illness. I do believe that my life experience combined with my belief in the goodness of human nature enable me to offer a positive and non-judgmental relationship with those I counsel. I am not shocked or offended by what I hear but rather accept the person who sits beside me as a valuable and important individual who needs support which they may feel unable to access elsewhere.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a counsellor for 15 years
PHD in English
Master of Science Degree (with distinction) in Counselling Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Certificate in Counselling.
Master of Arts Degree Theatre Studies, Bachelor of Arts Degree English and Drama.
I am the Counsellor at I.Q Therapies (Physiotherapy & Complimentary Health), Alsager.
I also run a private counselling practice from my home in Congleton.
I have worked for The Dove Counselling Services in Hanley which specialises in bereavement and life changing illness. I have also worked for a GP practice dealing with any GP patient referrals.
I am a qualified Counselling supervisor and am open to take on counselling supervisees
Advanced CRB checked
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life changing illness with in depth understanding of Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer
Concessions offered for
£50 per hour in Congleton
£ 50 per hour on line/ telephone
£55 per hour in Alsager
reduced rates offered for counselling students
£70 per supervision session ( 1.5 hrs) concessions available for counselling students
I am currently taking face to face face clients in Alsager and Congleton. I am also offering telephone and On line counselling.
I have some space for new clients, week day times and evenings.
Appointments can be booked for either I.Q Therapies or Congleton. Please see the I.Q Therapies web site for details of the venue.
Disabled access available at Alsager ( please inform us of this requirement when booking).
For further information or an informal chat please contact me via my email or mobile number.