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Are you feeling worried, stressed or overwhelmed? Are you looking for a safe space to talk? I can help you deal with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, work problems, childhood trauma, ill health, low self-esteem and other issues. I’m a qualified integrative counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I’m also a trainer for Integrative counsellors. I adhere to the BACP’s ethical framework and I receive monthly supervision for my work. I attend and deliver regular up-to-date training.

In my experience counselling has helped clients presenting with all sorts of difficulties, such as: hopelessness, shame, worthlessness, mistrust, panic attacks, stress, loss of interest, mood disorders, lack of confidence, comfort eating, legacy of childhood emotional neglect, self-destructive behaviour, bullying, self-harm, and relationship issues. Some of my clients come because they want to make sense of life events, such as a relationship break up, a cancer diagnosis, a bereavement, or a history of trauma that they feel troubled by.

I have worked with clients who have experienced suicide loss, victims of sexual assault, who have a history of addiction, co-dependency, medical trauma, and who are suffering ill health or work-related stress. Some clients want to make changes and know they need to seek help to achieve this. Other clients reach their wits ends before they get in touch. There is no right or wrong time to start counselling. It’s an opportunity to unravel things that tie us up in knots and have an understanding supporter. Feedback from past clients says I’m warm and supportive and I want to learn all about you. I believe that you deserve to be heard.

Sometimes clients report that they are so busy with the demands of life that it’s difficult to slow down and take a look. They tell me they’re feeling disconnected, that when they stop they become overwhelmed with unprocessed emotion. Clients often tell me they feel like they’re pretending their way through life, feeling like they’re going to get found out, or that they have been hurt before and try not to get too attached to anyone now. These thoughts are very common as a result of core beliefs that may have been taken from the past or from unresolved events that keep coming up in ways that aren’t helping you.

I have trained to Level 5 in Integrative counselling and now I’m continuing to train further to Level 7 at master’s level. I'll use a range of counselling approaches and we’ll create a mix that suits you. My main foundation is person centred, which means I’ll be wholly accepting of you. I also draw upon techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy to help you gain control over thoughts that trouble you and psychodynamic therapy to look at any underlying past events if you wish to. We may use others such as transactional analysis, compassion focussed therapy, bibliotherapy or creative therapies to help you express feelings. I’m trained in trauma sensitive mindfulness to help you relax and calm your body and mind.

It’s really important that you get the right therapist for you, because part of the healing power comes from the relationship that develops when you feel heard and understood. I work with clients either in the short or long term and I counsel adults or adolescents of all backgrounds. I'm committed to inclusivity and equality, and I’m able to work with neurodiversity. I like to work with clients who are motivated towards deep exploration of themselves for lasting changes. Some areas I don’t have training in and therefore I do not work with clients whose main symptom is sexual dysfunction, eating disorders or active drug and alcohol addictions. However there are many therapists trained specifically in these areas.

I work from a quiet and homely space in my comfortable private practice in Runcorn. I can also offer online video or telephone therapy to anywhere in the UK. Taking this step towards seeking a counsellor takes courage and is the beginning of what could turn out to be a period of enormous healing and growth for you. It's an investment in your self and I would like to invite you to get in touch if you wish for a free no obligation telephone conversation to answer any questions and see whether it feels like we might work well together.

Please call, text, or click the "message us" button to send me an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Counselling (FdSc)
  • Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Level 2 Certificate in Integrative Counselling
  • Safeguarding
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mindful Compassion
  • Autism Awareness
  • ADHD Awareness
  • Compassion Focussed Therapy
  • Creative Therapies
  • Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness
  • Therapeutic Journal Writing
  • Online and Telephone Counselling

Full Clean Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) and fully insured.

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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Education issues, friendship, school/college issues, university issues, exam stress.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Reality therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£40 per 50 minute session

I have a limited number of reduced fee counselling sessions for trainee therapists.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Professional Membership

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am subject to the BACP Professional Conduct Procedure and I work strictly to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am committed to working for the client's best interest; reasonably ensuring their safety; practising confidentiality; having a transparent working contract; promoting the client's right to make their own decisions; and treating the client with fairness and respect.

I attend regular counselling supervision and work within my levels of competency. I am committed to continuing professional and self development. Insurance is in place and I hold a current and up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate.

Please call, text, or click the "message us" button to send me an email.

Runcorn
Cheshire
WA7

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

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Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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