I am counsellor and psychotherapist, available to meet in person in Lancaster or via secure online video.
We each have our own experiences of the disruptions, constraints, anxieties and losses of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, I aim to offer counselling and pyschotherapy that recognises these unusual and persistent difficulties and how our lives are affected by them.
I offer a safe and caring environment in which you can share, explore, understand and change your experience of anything that is causing you difficulty or distress. My role as a therapist is to facilitate that process of empowerment and growth, using my training and experience to work with you to help you achieve your goals. You will receive my respect and support throughout that journey.
My work with clients is centred upon therapeutic relationships built on empathy, honesty and respect. You will encounter a supportive, safe environment in which you feel understood and empowered to make the changes that are right for you.
As your counsellor or therapist, I will be alongside you as you explore and work through difficulties or choices, creating between us an environment for growth and empowerment. I commit to being real, open and engaged as an active participant in the therapeutic work. You may be invited to experience and clarify your emotions, or to consider where you find meaning in your life, but you will remain in control of each session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my training in Counselling & Pyschotherapy at the University of Cumbria. As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work in accordance with the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, and I meet or exceed the professional requirements for my ongoing professional development and supervision.
I attend training events to widen and deepen my counselling knowledge and skills. These have included sessions on Attachment Theory, Mentalisation-based Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Existential Therapy, Hakomi Therapy, Addition & Substance Misuse, Ecopsychology and PTSD/Trauma.
In addition to my private therapy work, I have provided counselling at a GP Surgery in Lancaster and at South Lakeland MIND in Kendal. I have also provided counselling with a charity based in Edinburgh, specialising in therapy for those whose lives have been affected by drug and alcohol misuse.
I provide training in Counselling & Psychotherapy as a tutor for the PgDip/MA course at the University of Cumbria and am undertaking research into client's experiences of emotions relating to climate change.
My training and therapy experience has included working with people who are experiencing a wide range of difficulties associated with low moods; anxieties; stress; anger management; PTSD; physical, emotional or sexual abuse; bereavement; relationship problems; alcohol misuse and other addictions; eating disorders; or other self-harming behaviours.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I would like us to meet to explore whether therapy may be of help to you and to discuss any questions or concerns. My fee for this first meeting is £25. At the initial meeting, we would agree an initial number of sessions and a fee per session between £40 and £60 depending on affordability.
Concessions offered for
I currently have availability to meet new clients.
I offer therapy via secure online video and also in-person.
Therapy sessions are offered in comfortable and quiet rooms at White Cross on South Road in central Lancaster, easily accessible from the City Centre. There is a lift and easy access with mobility aids. Parking is normally available at the location, free of charge, or alternatively at the public car park adjacent to White Cross.