My name is Shirley and I have worked as a counsellor for 18 years. I would say the majority of my work concerns those struggling with anxiety and the stress that their anxious thoughts creates within them disabling their ability to concentrate, sleep, cope with their homelife, their relationships, their job. Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes depending on from what it is the person has promoted fear. I help my clients to explore their story, to understand what is happening within and without them and to find ways to manage it better.
I am a warm and compassionate person and offer a professional, confidential, respectful and non-judgmental space.
I have worked with both short term and long term clients and I am happy to work at the client’s pace. Each session lasts an hour.
I am a registered, accredited member of BACP and follow their ethical framework.
I am an integrative counsellor:I use a variety of approaches to suit the client’s needs. I am grounded in the Person-centred approach, but also use Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and REBT.
I listen carefully to understand your world and how you understand it. I explore thought patterns and feelings; childhood experiences, family context and work context and how that has informed your way of being in the present. Together we will explore new ways of understanding that will enable you to make new choices and move forward.
My earlier years as a counsellor focussed on psychological and emotional loss. Loss through change, death, separation, divorce, health, low self-esteem, identity, abuse, broken relationships. But in recent years I have worked mainly with those who are experiencing loss of health through anxiety, stress and depression.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a B.Ed. (Hons) degree and previously worked as a teacher. I was often aware of the hidden emotional struggles that impaired the pupil’s learning, development and potential. Later through voluntary work in the church and community I came across much emotional, psychological and spiritual need and decided to train as a counsellor.
My Qualifications are:
Certificate in counselling skills
Certificate in counselling theory
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
BACP accreditation and on UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
* Completed theory course in 'Diploma in Supervision' with Leeds Centre for Psychological Development and worked under supervision as a supervisor to other counsellors.*
Gifts Hospice in Grantham – working with both adults and children
Parents’ bereavement group
Community bereavement group
Private practice in Grantham for 12 years: wide variety of issues (adults/children)
Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss as counsellor and supervisor
Noah’s Ark counselling centre in Halifax
Counselling in schools in Huddersfield and Halifax
Counselling offered to those in ministry and their families
Private practice in Huddersfield as a counsellor, and supervisor (in-training)
Registered / Accredited
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday - Friday 9am - 7.30pm
DBS checked (online)
Ongoing personal development