A person centred approach
I work in a person centred way with each individual - listening as you identify your difficulties, encouraging you to express your feelingsn and helping you to gain understanding in order to find a way forward that is right for you, at your pace. The person centred approach recognises the importance of the counsellor/ client relationship and the need for you to feel trusted and respected.
I am able to draw on my experience and knowledge, both as a social worker/ manager for over 20 years and 12 years as a counsellor and I readily recognise how my own life experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. this gives me good insight into into working empathically and supportively with people.
How I work
I offer face to face counselling ranging - from one-off appointments, to an agreed number of sessions, or longer term work, as well as telephone counselling. The first time we meet is a way of us getting to know each other and for you to decide whether you think I am the right person to help you.
Counselling sessions last for 60 minutes and are generally arranged on a weekly basis although I am flexible to meet your availability.
How I can help you
I have experience in supporting people across a wide range of issues - including abuse, bereavement, depression, dissociation, health related matters and palliative care, loss, men's and women's issues, personal development, relationships, self esteem, sexual identity and sexuality, stress, trauma and work related issues. I am open to listening and helping you, whatever your difficulty
Where I work
I work from my home and provide a comfortable counselling room on the ground floor, located one and a half miles from Chesterfield town centre on a main bus route. If travelling by car, you can park it on the road in front of my property or on the drive.
Please note that I offer discounted rates to Trainee Counsellors and people in receipt of Benefits.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate of Competency, Counselling for Depression, 2015
- Post graduate Diploma in Professional Leadership and Management (Social Care and Health), 2011
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, 2005
- MA/ Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, 1986
- BA Social Studies with Social Work, 1984
When I first started employment I worked as a houseparent within a therapeutic community for adults with learning difficulties. Whilst this was challenging, it provided me with a marvellous insight into the lives of individuals with a wide range of needs and understanding and to develop compassion and empathy.
Whilst training as a social worker I undertook work experience within a large general hospital in the Midlands and on qualification worked generically with adults and children before speciailsing in children and families work - local authorities and the voluntary sector - as a practitioner and manager of child protection, fostering and adoption, family support and young people leaving care services. During this time my interest in counselling developed and I began my counselling training in 2002, studying part time, alongside my main work role.
My first counselling placement was within a hospice, offering counselling to bereaved individuals and after this I undertook a placement with a Nottinghamshire sexual abuse charity, poviding counselling to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. On qualifying as a counsellor (2005), I continued as a volunteer counsellor in this setting (and did so until 2011). During that time I served for 2 years as a committee member and then chairperson of the charity for a further 2 years.
From 2006 onwards I began to work as an independent counsellor, offering support to staff working for a Nottinghamshire learning difficulties registered charity (2008- 2015) and once I had gained an additional award - counsellor 'Accreditation' in 2011 - I was approached by an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) company to offer counselling to staff working for the local NHS Hospital and Community Health Trust. I beliebve I have been able to put to good use my knowledge and skills gained from the roles I have occupied within social work, the NHS and the Hospice settings and also the management and leadership qualification which I gained - see above.
In 2012 I decided to channel my energies solely into counselling and I began in a full time role as a counsellor with a local NHS IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) - working with people experiencing depression, general anxiety and other 'common mental health' difficulties, based within GP surgeries and working closely with other health professionals. After 3 years I changed employment to Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, becoming manager of Psychological Support and Counselling Services, working directly with people experiencing life limiting illnesses and those who had been bereaved. Since June 2016, in order to achieve a more effective work-life balance, I made the decision to work as a self employed counsellor and to support people across a wide range of issues, drawing on my variety of roles, over the years.
Thank you for reading my Profile and I hope I can be of help to you.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have counselled adults affected by the impact of meningitis, for a national UK meningitis charity.
£37 per hour/ £33 concessionary rate (trainee counsellors and people in receipt of Benefits).
Counselling for Depression
My Counselling for Depression qualification (2015) demonstrates my ability to work at relational depth with clients, closely following and exploring the experiences they describe to me.
PODS - dissociation
I am a counsellor member of PODS - Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (registered charity), deemed able to work effectively with adults who have experienced previous trauma and abuse.
Survivors UK - male sexual abuse
I have undertaken an intensive training course by Survivors UK (registered charity for male survivors of sexual abuse) and am recognised as an appropriate counsellor in this area.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am able to offer flexible appointments, daytime/ early evening and Saturday morning by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|