Counsellor – Specialist in Behavioural Addiction and Domestic Abuse
Diploma in Counselling (University of Chester 2005)
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 15 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 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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I work across Cheshire West and Cheshire East
£50 - 50 min session
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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