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Bridlington, East Riding Of Yorkshire, YO16

About me

Taking the step to seek psychological support can be a daunting prospect. Understanding this, I work with clients in a collaborative manner, enabling a safe and helpful environment, so the client feels comfortable enough to share some of their life struggles. I am passionate about adapting psychological therapies so that they are accessible and meaningful. I value a non-stigmatising approach to understand complex mental health issues and see difficulties within a multi-layered context. A strengths based approach is integral to my way of working. As a therapist, I support my clients to understand and work through their difficulties, with the aim of lessening their struggle and enabling them to work towards their individual goals, thus thriving in their journey beyond therapy and ultimately increasing their quality of life.

Tailored Counselling Solutions

Why do people choose to have therapy? People look into therapy for a variety of reasons including psychological, emotional, personal or relational difficulties. I am passionate about understanding each person as an individual and tailoring therapy to their unique needs. I have trained in a breadth of psychological models, which allows me to adapt therapy appropriately by selecting the aspects that will be most helpful to you.

What to expect from your therapy sessions

I strive to provide a safe, contained and confidential space on a weekly basis in which you can share the difficulties you want to work on, at a pace you feel comfortable with. Futhermore, so we can work together towards understanding and changing the direction of your values and objectives.

The first session is the assessment and will be slightly longer than a normal session at 80 minutes. This is to give enough time to explore your reasons for coming to therapy, what solutions you have tried in the past, what helped and what didn't help. At the end of this session, I will make some recommendations around what may be the most helpful route for you.

After the assessment session, the sessions will be 50-55 minutes. Each person I work with is very different so it is difficult to predict how many sessions will be needed. From a personal therapeutic perspective, my aim is only to work with a person for as long as it is helpful to them and to empower the person to leave therapy with the skills they need.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • Integrative Counselling Theory and Practice BA (Hons), Bachelor of Science
  • Member of the BACP & Certificate of Proficiency (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (Humanities and social science)
  • Diploma in Children and Adolescent Counselling
  • Advanced Skills in Integration Counselling and the Therapy Process
  • Mental Health First-Aider (Mental Health- England)
  • Brief Therapy and Group Therapy
  • Counselling with Attachment, Loss and Bereavement
  • Social, legal and Ethical Context of Counselling

Experience

Yell SOS Learning Society Counselling service: Counselling co-ordinator and counselling adults with autism and moderate to high end mental health complexities.

Tailored Counselling Solutions: Private practice counselling tailored treatment plans for adults and Adolescents with moderate to high end mental health issues.

A & E Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLS) A dedicated service to patients presenting at Hull Royal Infirmary with self-harm behaviour, acute mental illness or emotional distress.

Mental Health Response Service (MHRS) is for adults aged 18 and above. It is an access and urgent care service for people who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems and also an acute mental health crisis.

Hull & East Yorkshire Mind: Facilitating Group activities and one to one work with people with a diverse range of mental health needs.

Samaritans HM Prison Service: Supporting and training inmates on mental health issues.

Professional Development: Training Courses

  • Coronavirus Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Transforming Young Lives Workshop
  • Safe-Talk
  • Personal Safety (equality and diversity)
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Awareness
  • Family Relationships
  • Counselling Integration
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Management of Actual or Potential Aggression
  • Zero Suicide Alliance Suicide Prevention
  • Self-Harm/Self Response
  • General Data Protection Regulation
  • Connecting with People

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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

Additional information

Sessions £40 Per Hour

Bridlington, East Riding Of Yorkshire, YO16

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits