About me

As a counsellor I have a range of experience with a variety of issues  such as anxiety, stress and depression, low self esteem, low self confidence and relationship breakdown. An area I specialise in is grief and bereavement.

Prior to being a counsellor I worked as a nurse, in a variety of health care settings which adds to my counselling understanding relating to the impact of issues connected to individual health such as a long term medical condition or cancer diagnosis.

I have lived overseas for a period of time and have experience of cross cultural transition both when moving abroad and returning to the UK.

What I can Offer

As an integrative counsellor I combine different therapeutic tools and approaches to best fit your needs as my client. I will provide a confidential and safe space in which you can explore, with my support, your  thoughts, feelings and behaviour around your personal life experiences which may be causing difficulties. I do not give advice or tell you  what to do, nor will I judge you for the way you think, feel and behave. The work done will be carried out at your pace with you deciding what you want to explore and when so you are always in control of what you share in therapy.

I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is vitally important for the counselling to be of help and would encourage an initial session to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you and that we can work together. Likewise, if I feel I am unable to support you with the issue you are coming with, I will do my very best to direct you appropriately.

I offer sessions online or face to face adhering to the BACP Covid guidelines

I am a Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I also hold professional indemnity insurance.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Integrative - CPCAB​
  • Certificate in Counselling Young People  (aged 11-18) - No.5 Young People
  • Bachelor of Science Degree  Open University

Experience

Palliative care and bereavement counsellor in the Family Support team within a hospice

Support Group Facilitator for national Breast Cancer charity

Volunteer counsellor for a youth counselling charity

Volunteer counsellor for 2 charities offering low cost counselling

I ensure I both maintain and develop my knowledge / skills in relation to all aspects of counselling by attending regular workshops / seminars / training sessions and as required for CPD (Continuing Profession a Development)​ by the BACP.

Issues Supported

I work with people with trying to live and cope with all sorts of issues and difficulties and from all walks of life and I have a particular interest in grief and bereavement.

Issues  I have worked with:

  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bullying
  • Parenting issues
  • Relationships
  • Seeking a new direction
  • family relationship difficulties / breakdown
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Impact of ill health (acute and chronic)
  • Confidence and Self Esteem
  • Identity - who am I?
  • Fear of Failure
  • Feelings of distress, loneliness, lack of control
  • Managing Change - work changes, relocation, life changes e.g becoming a parent, empty nest, retirement.
  • Coping with loss in pregnancy
  • Cross cultural transition

Member organisations

BACP

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

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.

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Session Costs

Individual sessions are 50 minutes in length and cost £50. We will usually meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time, if you need a more flexible approach, we can discuss this at our first session. 

I do have some sessions available at a lower cost for those unable to afford the full fee. Please contact me for more information.

Payment in full is required at the end of each session and can be paid directly via BACS or in cash.

Initial session

I offer an initial introductory appointment at a reduced rate of £30. This 50 minute session will give us the opportunity to get to know each other and explore the issue you are seeking counselling for and how counselling may help. I will explain the way that I work as a counsellor and the confidentiality policy I adhere to. There is opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about counselling and how we would work together.I hope that by the end of the session  you will be able to sense if you feel I am the right counsellor for you.

Cancellation policy

As I hold a regular time for you, and cannot fill your time with other clients I require a minimum of 24 hours' notice for cancelling a session. Full payment will be required for sessions cancelled less than 24 hours.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer both day time and evening sessions including from 8 am.

Although my main working days are Tuesday to Thursday I have some flexibility to offer sessions on a Friday. 

Further information

Home Visits

I also offer home visits if you have difficulty with mobility, transport or health issues which prevent you from leaving your home and you are unable to access sessions online. This will incur an extra charge please contact me to discuss your situation

St. Helens
Merseyside
WA9

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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My counselling room is on the ground floor. Parking outside is available. I am located on a main bus route and the nearest stop is less than 5 minutes walk away.

Online platforms

Zoom