Sometimes when we feel like our world has turned upside down, changed in the blink of an eye, we can experience overwhelming feelings of sadness, lonliness, anger, guilt, relief, numbness, worthlessness, helplessness or emptiness. Perhaps you are feeling really low, or anxious thoughts are spiralling out of control. Maybe you really want to talk but you are frightened of burdening friends or family with how you are feeling, or maybe they are hurting too and you don't want to add to it.
It’s OK not to be OK. We all need to take some time to repair, rethink and heal from time to time. You might wish that you could be more compassionate and patient with yourself. Maybe you want to stop stop snapping or pushing other people away. It could be that you are just tired of wrestling with this on your own and are fed up of being frightened of losing everyone around you or being rejected.
Loss and change can come in so many forms, for example, bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship break up or family issues, moving home, a new job, becoming a parent, illness or poor health, depression and anxiety, or loss of identity to name a few.
Life is very different for all of us right now, with Covid-19, lock down and self isolation. Whilst on the surface it may seem like everyone is weathering the same storm, the reality is that each of us has a unique experience, our reactions and the impact will be very different.
I would value the opportunity to work with you to help you find your way through the loss, bereavement or change that you have experienced. Helping you to recognise yourself again, gain control of your overwhelming emotions, discover what gives you purpose and how to get more of this in your life.
I will really listen to you, ask you questions and understand what life is really like for you. My approach is influenced by Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy; essentially, I’m influenced by you, we work at your pace and in a way that is right for you.
I work daytimes, evenings and Saturday mornings which gives flexibility and means that I am available at times that suit you best. You are welcome to book an initial meeting with me to see if I am right counsellor for you, to explore how I can help and to ask any questions that you might have.
I work online (via Webcam) and by phone. From the 4th July, I will be offering face to face sessions again. I will be closely following the Government guidelines, including socially distancing (2 meters), hand sanitiser, regular cleaning (I will send you full details on the steps I am taking when you enquire with me). My room is easily accessible, close to Leyland, Chorley, Preston, Wigan, Bolton and surrounding areas. Free parking is available on site.
Sound good? Contact me in whatever way feels most comfortable for you (or least daunting!), phone, email, text or complete the enquiry form to make your first appointment or ask any questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with a range of community and school counselling services as well as within private practice, providing counselling for adults, children / young people (4+) and couples / those in relationships. I have experience and additional training to work online (via webcam and by phone).
I am a qualified and registered counsellor.
- BSc (Hons) in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundation Degree in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Certificate in Online Counselling (webcam & voice only)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children
I regularly attend training days, read articles & books, listen to podcasts and watch documentaries to keep my knowledge and skills fresh and up to date.
Registered member of BACP – British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
The Foundation for Infant Loss
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Baby loss (stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS)
- Identity loss - who am I?
- Relationship Breakdown
- Boarding School Separation
Sessions are for a full 60 minutes and would usually take place once a week, however, I can work flexibly depending on your needs and circumstances.
Individuals (Face to face or online) - £45 (60 minutes)
Couples / Relationship (Face to face or online) - £60 (60 minutes)
I offer a limited number of concessionary sessions for Keyworkers and trainee counsellors. Please contact me for further details.
For your ease, payment can be made in bank transfer in advance or by debit or credit card on the day.
Concessions offered for
DBS: I am enhanced DBS Checked
Insurance: I hold relevant and up to date Professional Indemnity Insurance through Holistic Insurance Services
Data Protection: I am fully compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR. I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (Reference Number ZA528855).