A warm welcome to you. Thank you for taking a moment to consider whether the helping relationship that I can offer, is for you.
I do understand that reaching out and asking for help can be a daunting, unsettling prospect. Taking those first steps to find the right person to work with is a really brave and important decision to make.
However, as humans, we don’t have to do it all on our own, we were never meant to.
I am a naturally calm, empathic and caring individual that is passionate about people. When being with you, I am grounded in a humanistic, person-centred approach. I hold the belief that it is you (the client) that is the expert on their own life and that you have the innate power to heal and grow. It is my aim to offer a safe environment that helps you feel secure enough to build trust in the therapeutic relationship we will create together. From this place of trust, your thoughts and feelings can be heard and explored. I hope to always treat you with dignity and respect, listen to you without judgement and provide an empowering reflective space where we can work together on exploring whatever you choose to bring to a session. I will support you, as you arrive at your own understanding of what might be going on within you. We will go at your pace, you matter!
Depending on where the journey takes us, my training in integrative counselling can provide continual opportunities (if necessary) to blend in other effective approaches that may suit your unique individual needs and help you consider any changes you may wish to make. Such as, an attachment-based approach that can facilitate exploration of your emotional connections within intimate relationships. However, I will remain open minded and curious as evidence suggests that the most important factor for successful therapy is the connection between you and your counsellor. We meet as two human beings.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation online or over the phone where we can chat and decide whether a psychotherapeutic relationship would meet your wants and needs at this time. Following this, our first session would focus on confidentiality and coming to an initial agreement for how we will work together on your counselling journey. I have a limited number of face-to-face appointments I can offer from “The Therapy Quarters” counselling service in Newcastle-under-Lyme. I can now offer online and telephone counselling if you decide that either of these ways of communicating would suit your current circumstances. The benefits of receiving counselling via online or over the telephone can include being in your own home in comfortable and familiar surroundings. There is no need to travel to a session which saves you time and money. You may feel that this offers you more anonymity or privacy than face-to-face therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have completed my professional training, achieving a BACP accredited Professional Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling at Staffordshire University. I actively engage in ongoing professional development training to ensure my practice is safe, ethical and professional. I hold professional indemnity insurance and my work is supervised by a BACP approved supervisor.
I maintain current and ongoing voluntary experience in counselling clients that have been affected by trauma, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
I have extensive knowledge and experience in supporting vulnerable people with their mental health recovery, housing related support, as well as international travel experience. My hope is that these details can provide you with some honest reassurance that I have an understanding of the day to day struggles that humans face when experiencing adverse life conditions and mental health related distress.
If you choose to contact me, I will be happy to answer any questions that might be surfacing from within you now. I can clarify, with you, any of the above information and provide you with a more in depth explanation if needed. I look forward to meeting you.
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
All forms of communication are at a standard rate of £40. Each session is for a duration of 50 minutes.
If you are experiencing difficulties in meeting the cost of sessions, please let me know and this can be discussed.
If you feel that your mental health, pain and/or distress is of an urgent nature and/or you are in a crisis situation, please consider the following options:
Mental Health Access Team: 24 hours, 03001230907 press option 1.
Mental Health Helpline: Open 7pm/2am weekdays, 2pm/2am weekends/Bank Holidays. Telephone: 08088002234.
Samaritans: 24 hours, call free on 116123
Sane: 6pm/11pm Tel: 08457678000.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/ for specialised helplines if not mentioned above.
Finally, whatever you decide, I wish you a safe journey.