What counselling can offer:
Within the therapeutic space, you will have a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental place to explore any aspect of yourself or experiences. Whether it is a specific event or topic you would like to discuss, or a general sense that something in your life just isn't quite right, counselling can help us to navigate times of hardship, know ourselves better and understand how we relate to the world and those around us.
Nothing need be necessarily 'wrong' or 'bad' with your present situation in order to seek out support. Sometimes, having a dedicated time each week to reflect and speak openly, can help to prevent or diffuse unhelpful behaviours or lurking stressors before they become real world problems. For me, counselling is all about change. You may not yet know where you want to be and that's okay; just acknowledging that you want something to be different is a fantastic starting point.
I am trained to support you through potentially frightening and confusing feelings, advocate for your well-being and be an anchor as you explore what is causing you pain, unhappiness, or apathy. My approach to therapy is that we will work as a team to facilitate your growth and ability to live in harmony with an ever changing and unpredictable world.
Embarking on therapy can be very daunting or bewildering, so taking the time to invest in yourself by just researching your options is an achievement in its own right.
What happens at a first session?
If you reach out to me, I will contact you back as soon as possible and we can have a free, 15 minute consultation about what has brought you to counselling and what you are hoping to gain from the experience. We will arrange a date and time for your first full session, during which we can go over confidentiality, my commitments to you as a practitioner and any other questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Training) from the University of Salford
Bsc in Psychology from Newcastle University
I have been afforded the opportunity of working with a variety of organisations including domestic violence services, psychosexual counselling clinics and oncology hospitals. The main body of my experience has been with those experiencing anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, phobias, bereavement, addiction and chronic mental and/or physical conditions.
Ongoing continual professional development is important to me and I have attended many workshops and courses to better my practice. Some of these including: The Science of Wellbeing, Online Counselling Through Covid-19, Epilepsy Awareness and Advanced Conflict Resolution.
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
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£40 per session face to face sessions
£35 per session via telephone or Zoom video call
£30 per session concessionary rates for face to face sessions
£25 per session concessionary rates via telephone or Zoom video call
I have spent over four years within the NHS, working with individuals with a range of mental health challenges and long term conditions. It is a great privilege to be a part of the team supporting someone as they confront challenges, adjust to new situations and come to be at peace with themselves.