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Counselling, Clinical Supervision and Coaching

About me

What is going on for you just now?

  • Does life feel like hard work or 'out of control'?
  • Are you wondering why other people seem to be coping better than you?
  • Are you trying to come to terms with a significant change or loss?
  • Or have you been trying very hard to work towards a goal that you just don't seem to be able to reach?

Some people find that talking to friends or family helps but sometimes we might not want to talk to them for fear of worrying our nearest and dearest; sometimes they are too close to the same issues as you; or maybe you have tried to speak to them before but you feel they don't really understand.

As a counsellor, I have the skills to stay with you whilst you come to terms with your losses, whilst you deal with your hopes and fears and whilst you grapple with the challenges that you are dealing with.

At the centre of how I work is my absolute belief that you know your situation better than I do. I don't want to 'fix' you or to tell you what you should do. Rather, I want to listen to you, to really hear what is going on for you and to work with you so that you can decide what you want and, if you want to make changes, how you want to make those changes happen.

Just as importantly, I am a real person. I am honest, I am empathetic and understanding, I am kind and I am genuinely interested in you and your well-being. I am a great believer that knowledge is power and that self-awareness is empowering. Because of this, I want to work with you to explore your awareness, your choices and your strategies to empower your long term well-being.

If you would like a chat about whether us working together could be helpful to you at this time, please feel free to contact me. Our first conversation carries no charge and no obligation.

Training, qualifications & experience

Being safe and ethical is as important to me as I anticipate it is to you. I am happy to work within the code of practice of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the National Counselling Society.

My experience includes working with adults and young people (aged 12+) and I would describe my way of working as being 'integrative based in person centred':

  • Person centred because you and your experiences will be at the centre of our work together;
  • Integrative because I draw from various theories and practices that are relevant to our work.

The result is that our counselling sessions will be bespoke to you and what you feel you need.

(If you are looking for clinical supervision, please refer to my Clinical Supervision profile for details of how we would work together.)

Qualifications and other training

  • Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
  • NCS Advanced Diploma in Clinical Supervision
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Listening Skills
  • Certificate in Child Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society

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£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Subject to availability, sessions are available at 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

Further information

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I appreciate that life is busy and you may not be able to stick to the same appointment every time.  
All counselling meetings are by pre-arranged appointment. Subject to availability, I am able to offer daytime and evening appointments.

I offer a safe, comfortable and confidential space which has easy parking and situated close to J4 of the M65.  

What happens next?
Effective counselling can only take place if you feel comfortable. Therefore, in our first conversation you will be able to tell me about what is going on for you just now and ask me questions so that you can make a decision as to whether I am the person you would like to work with. 

Lower Darwen, Lancashire, BB3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Plenty of parking available. There are two steps into the counselling room.

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In person

How will we work together?   As the relationship with your Clinical Supervisor is so very important, I thought it might be helpful to give you an idea of what our working relationship might look/sound/feel like: Foremost, in working with me, you can expect a safe, effective and dedicated space where you can reflect on all aspects of your work and ways of being with your clients and, where relevant, members of your organisation.

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