I have over 25 years experience working within the emergency services and a wealth of counselling experience working for charities dedicated to helping emergency service personnel or to helping those who are struggling with drug, alcohol and addiction issues. In private practice, I have worked to help people through a wide variety of situations such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, problematic relationships, compulsive behaviour and stress. I believe that I approach counselling in a natural way which is friendly, practical, down to earth and with an appropriate sense of humour.
I understand what it is like when life seems hard or unfair, I retrained as a psychotherapist after working through my own difficulties with the help of counselling and, since qualifying, have now had the privilege of being to help many other people to achieve their own balance in life.
I generally work office hours but can offer weekend and evening appointments by arrangement. The first counselling session serves as an introduction and is offered at a reduced rate to enable you to decide whether you are comfortable proceeding with counselling and understand what it entails. Sessions are usually an hour long and the pace and number of sessions is dictated by you. Confidentiality and sensitivity are standard as is my commitment to helping you to make sense of the issue that is affecting your life.
For a confidential chat and to make a general enquiry please call me, text or send an e-mail.
Training, qualifications & experience
After a long career working in the police service, I started the process of re-training as a counsellor in 2016. My professional qualifications consist of;
BA (Hons) from Lancaster University
PTLLS (level 4) qualification in adult learning
Graduate certificate in Advanced Counselling (UCLAN)
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (UCLAN)
Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£ 40 per session
I am here to listen and to help you through any difficulties you may be having. I am experienced both as a counsellor and in life. There are times in everyone’s life when things seem too much or a nagging issue just won’t go away. Whatever your reason for thinking about counselling, I will offer a calm, non-judgmental, professional ear to help you make sense of everything and move your life forward-