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Counsellor/Psychotherapist B.Sc. (Hons), Pg.Dip., MBACP

About me

Folks like yourself come to talking therapy for lots of different reasons and many find talking through issues and/or events extremely helpful. Whether you are struggling with social anxiety, feeling sad/depressed, experiencing low self-esteem and confidence, living/working in a dysfunctional and toxic environment, trying to come to terms with gender and/or sexual identity, or perhaps you don’t know why you feel the way you do, you do not need to suffer in silence any longer.

For over 25 years I have gained a great deal of experience working within social care environments and have engaged with a diverse range of people from all walks of life, all unique individuals just like yourself. My personal and professional experiences have given me a deep appreciation of the value of feeling heard and experiencing validation, and the significance of this for positive mental health and well-being.

As a counsellor/psychotherapist qualified to Post-Graduate level, I use a therapeutic approach commonly known as Person-Centred which puts you at the centre of your process of change. I use my therapeutic skills to help you to focus on the issues that really matter to you and at a pace you are most comfortable with. 

I am fully committed to working alongside you with patience, sensitivity, compassion and respect. I will create a safe, comfortable and confidential space in which I will gently encourage you to openly express yourself, to explore emotional disturbances so that you can find your own solutions and learn to trust your own judgement.

This process of self-exploration can take time depending upon the issues you bring, and I cannot offer any guarantees (no therapist can) in terms of individual outcomes, but I do pledge to work alongside you without judgement or criticism, to support you towards realising the next chapter in your life.

I am an LGBTQI+ affirmative practitioner and I have volunteered as a counsellor with the LGBT Foundation in Manchester. Wherever you place yourself on the gender and/or sexuality spectrum, you are most welcome!

I currently offer sessions via Zoom, telephone and/or ‘Walk and Talk’ therapy, taking place from a choice of beautiful public spaces in and around Didsbury, South Manchester. These outdoor sessions can better suit those who do not have a safe, quiet space for remote therapy, are all ‘Zoomed’ out, find a lot of eye contact challenging or would prefer in-person therapeutic contact.

There are many potential benefits/disadvantages to each setting – please get in touch for more information.

To see if we are a good therapy ‘match’ I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute session (either via telephone or Zoom) in order for you to get a greater sense of how I work and an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about what is bringing you to therapy and any outcomes you would like to achieve for yourself.

It is my intention that this session will offer you the information and transparency you need to make an informed choice before starting your therapy and you can take all the time you need to make this important decision. Should you decide that I am the right therapist for you, we can then arrange our first session and go from there.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist having successfully completed the University of Salford BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Professional Training programme.

I am a registered member (MBACP) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere fully to the BACP Ethical Framework.

I am a registered member of the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) (Reg.: ZA841786). I handle all client information with great care and due diligence and store all records, both in paper and electronic format, securely in strict accordance with GDPR requirements and ICO guidelines.

I have Enhanced Certification with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and I am fully insured as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist through Holistic Insurance Services.

I am also a Certified Online and Telephone Counselling Practitioner.

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Fees and my availability:

£45 per session for remote (Zoom and/or telephone) or in-person sessions via Walk and Talk therapy.

I currently offer sessions via Zoom, telephone and ‘Walk and Talk’ therapy, taking place from a choice of beautiful public spaces in and around Didsbury, South Manchester. These outdoor sessions can better suit those who do not have a safe, quiet space for remote therapy, are all ‘Zoomed’ out, find a lot of eye contact challenging or would prefer in-person therapeutic contact.

There are many potential benefits/disadvantages to each setting – please get in touch for more information and for my current availability.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have flexibility with regards to my schedule so please get in touch for my current availability.

I work remotely via Zoom/telephone and in-person via Walk and Talk therapy.

Further information

Free 20-minute pre-therapy contact:

To see if we are a good therapy ‘match’ I offer a free, no obligation 20-minute session (either via telephone or Zoom) in order for you to get a greater sense of how I work and an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about what is bringing you to therapy and any outcomes you would like to achieve for yourself.

It is my intention that this session will offer you the information and transparency you need to make an informed choice before starting your therapy and you can take all the time you need to make this important decision. Should you decide that I am the right therapist for you, we can then arrange our first session and go from there.

Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom