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Specialist in Behavioural Addiction and Domestic Abuse
Diploma in Counselling (University of Chester 2005)
Independent Domestic Violence /Abuse Advocate (IDVA)
Safelives DA Matters Training Facilitator
My primary modality is Person Centred, however I have worked with the knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Schema Therapy and Transactional Analysis (TA) which I often use in my practice. I have practiced as a Counsellor for 20 years specialising in behavioural addictions, domestic abuse and general mental health and well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have previously worked as Head Counsellor and Programme Lead for a leading addiction and behavioural residential clinic in Cheshire. Working with clients in active addiction to recognise potential patterns in their own lives that has led to their addictive behaviours. I use schema therapy to help clients look at origins of trauma, schemas are unhelpful patterns of behaviours developed when emotional needs have not been met as a child. Schema Therapy is a treatment approach that can help you rework negative patterns you learned as a child.
I have trained as an Independent Domestic Violence/Abuse Advisor (IDVA) I currently lead on Domestic Violence/Abuse (DVA) training for Cheshire Police delivering training to front line officers. I deliver a tailored programme on an individual or group basis (Gateway) to victims of DVA to help gain an understanding of the dynamics of abuse and the tactics used to keep the individual in the cycle of abuse. Domestic abuse often creates isolation, which can be reduced as people recognise that the abuse is not their fault. Having this knowledge can help you to make safe and informed choices for your own future.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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I work across Cheshire West and Cheshire East
From £55.00 to £80.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
50 min session
When I work
Weekdays weekends and Evenings
I have a warm and friendly approach and utilize my skills to suit the individuals needs. I have a huge passion for the work that I do and can readily develop an empathic understanding, respectful and safe environment for clients I work with.
I work from counselling rooms in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Knutsford and Poynton