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Indoor And Outdoor Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)

About me

Each of us is capable of living a freer, richer, more fulfilling life. I provide indoor and outdoor therapy drawing from a range of approaches to guide and support you to understand your own personal story, free yourself from restrictive patterns and navigate relationships with others.

Each therapeutic journey is a personal and unique process and there are many reasons why you may choose to enter into therapy. Perhaps you experience feeling stuck in some way; you may recognise that you recycle familiar patterns which limit your experience. You may have difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the body that feel new or familiar. You may engage in behaviours that are unhelpful to yourself and others. Perhaps you have tried to fix this situation in some way but have found yourself unable to break free of your script.

Through an warm, empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, I will support you to better understand the patterns of how you relate to yourself and others, and work with you to nurture your potential to live a richer more fulfilling life. I offer this in both indoor and outdoor settings.

People often come to me when they are experiencing emotional distress, depression or anxiety. You may be going through a challenging period in your personal relationships or work life or may be feeling a broader sense of unease about your life course. You may have reached a moment where you feel ready to explore a difficult attachment relationship or trauma from your past. In my experience as a therapist, change unfolds naturally through the process as you become more aware of your own story and attuned to how this works through you. As you do so a kinder more empathic relationship with yourself emerges that allows the possibility of a different lived experience. You may notice that you begin to make healthier choices, that you relate to others more easily, and find that your experience of being in the world feels more connected and satisfying.

The main psychological model that informs my work is Transactional Analysis. This is a flexible model combining a range of useful approaches - including cognitive behavioural-style techniques - with depth-psychotherapy, creating space for deeper emotional transformation. I believe in using a range of tools and insights to support individuals to flourish. For instance, I often draw on mindfulness theory and practice in therapy sessions, which I’ve explored as part of my parallel career in the helping professions and as a wellbeing trainer.

I currently offer therapy at a practice in Macclesfield, as well as outdoor therapy in the Bollington area. I am interested in how our relationship with nature can support us to make sense of our internal landscape and understand our interconnectedness with our environment and with the people around us. When working outdoors the therapy can take the form of simply walking and talking, sometimes we may find a space and settle there, perhaps for the whole session. At other times we may explore more focused exercises. The pacing is co-created. You do not have to be particularly fit or outdoorsy to benefit from outdoor therapy or you may prefer an indoor setting; I can accommodate both.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 4 years post graduate study in Transactional Analysis
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Taking Therapy Outside
  • Certificate in Elemental Body workshop
  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and work within the Ethical Framework of the BACP.
  • I am also a member of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
  • I carry professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

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.

Fees

Additional information

£45 session fee

Longer sessions can be negotiated

When I work

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Mondays afternoons and evenings online or in Macclesfield

Tuesdays all day for outdoor sessions in Bollington area. 

Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10

Silk House Therapy Practice, Wood Street Mill, 45 Pickford Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6HB

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults