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BA (Hons) Person Centred Counsellor & Supervisor. Reg. MBACP

About me

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and supervisor currently offering appointments in central Lancaster. My therapeutic approach is person centred, which means I work with each client as an individual and work at a pace which feel right for them. My practice is effective and ethical, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am also a qualified nurse (RGN) currently working in higher education.

People come to see me for many reasons, it may be that something has happened in their life which they are finding very difficult to live with, this could be something that has happened recently or something which happened a long time ago but which has never been resolved, or maybe even acknowledged. Often people are suffering feelings which seem impossible to shift, these could be feelings of grief, anxiety, anger, shame, guilt, fear and confusion.

Sometimes it is not an event that brings people to counselling but a feeling of not having purpose or of being stuck and of wanting to experience change and growth in their lives.

It can be hard to talk to friends and family about how we really feel, we may worry that we are being a burden to them or feel that they will not understand or that they will judge us in some way, sometimes this can make us feel very alone and we can begin to lose hope of ever feeling better. Counselling can help you by providing a safe, supportive space for you to explore your feelings in confidence with someone who cares but will not judge you.

Clients have told me that having the opportunity to talk honestly, openly and without judgement about how they are feeling has given them a great sense of relief and acceptance. As therapy progresses and trust grows many clients find they are able to work through their thoughts and feelings, make sense of them and begin to find a way forward. Working with a skilled, careful and respectful therapist can help get to the root of problems, bring about change and restore hope, which may have previously seemed impossible.

I work with clients experiencing a range of issues including:

  • anxiety / panic
  • anger
  • low mood / depression
  • trauma
  • relationship problems
  • grief & loss
  • workplace stress
  • recovery from addiction
  • the impact of cancer diagnosis / treatment
  • other physical health problems, including chronic conditions and terminal illness

If you want to know more about how I work or how counselling may help you please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Training / qualifications:

  • First Class  degree in counselling - BA (Hons) Person Centred Therapy gained at University of Cumbria
  • Post graduate (L7) in Clinical Supervision
  • Accredited Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Trauma training - Positive Outcomes for Dissociation Survivors (PODS)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Working with bereaved clients - BACP
  • Working with addiction - BACP
  • Understanding Dementia - University of Tasmania
  • Motivational Interviewing - Macmillan
  • Safeguarding children
  • Safeguarding adults

Experience:

  • Eight years in private practice seeing individual clients and couples with a variety of problems. I keep my client caseload deliberately small so I can successfully balance my time between my counselling work and my lecturing work. I have also found a smaller caseload makes for a higher quality of therapy, so when you attend for therapy with me you can be assured of a genuinely individualised service focused on you and what you need from therapy.
  • Providing person centred counselling to clients in recovery from alcohol / drug addiction within a residential addiction recovery unit.
  • Providing counselling within a free / reduced cost long established local counselling service, seeing clients presenting with a wide range of issues for long term therapy.
  • Managing therapeutic services for a local cancer support service and providing counselling to clients (patients or carers) affected by cancer or bereavement.
  • Employee Assistance Program work - offering time limited counselling for clients experiencing difficulties at work, these may be problems directly associated with work or more personal problems which are impacting upon work.
  • Supervision of student and qualified counsellors

I am a registered member of the British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework and hold appropriate insurance.

I am also a qualified nurse (R.G.N) registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) with over thirty years experience. Having previously specialised in palliative care I am now a Lecturer in Adult Nursing. 

I practice continuing professional development, if you have any queries about my qualifications or experience please just ask.

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

Fees

From £45.00 to £55.00

Additional information

Fees are £45.00 per session for individuals and £55.00 for couples. Sessions are for a full hour, not 50 minutes.

If you have any specific inquires about counselling I am always happy to answer these via telephone or e-mail prior to making a first session appointment.

If after a first session you feel you do not wish to carry on with counselling there is no obligation to book any further sessions.

The number of sessions needed varies for each individual, this is something we can discuss and review regularly together.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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I offer appointments in central Lancaster on Thursday afternoons and evenings.

Further information

If you have any questions about the way I work or about counselling in general please just call or e-mail me and I will get back to you with answers.

If you are unsure if counselling is for you I would be happy to discuss this with you on the phone or via e-mail before arranging a session.

Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Premises are wheelchair accessible.

Supervision

In person
Online

Please contact me if you wish to ask about current availability for supervision.

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