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 feelings 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 over 26 years and 15 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 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 across my 2 days/ week availability as a self employed counsellor.
How I can help you
I have experience in supporting people across a wide range of issues - including abuse, adjustment, bereavement, depression, dissociation, health related matters and palliative care, 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 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 in full time 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 enabled me to develop compassion and empathy.
Whilst training as a social worker I undertook work experience within a large general hospital in the West 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 Chesterfield Royal Hospital Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Community Health Trust. I believe 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 the Psychological Support and Counselling Service, working directly with people experiencing life limiting illnesses and their families and those who had been bereaved. In 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.
Since 2017, alongside my self employed Counsellor role, I have worked part time at the University of Sheffield as an assessor of students experiencing emotional health issues, within the Student Access to Mental Health Support Service. I also deliver training, act as Mentor to staff from other Departments and undertake peer reviews of other mental health services in accordance with the Accreditation Process for Psychological Therapies Services specification.
Thank you for reading my Profile and I hope I can be of help to you.
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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
- Feeling sad
- 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 and for a number of years supported staff within an East Midlands charity offering support to autistic adults and children. I am currently registered with a number of Employee Assistance Programme providers and offer brief therapy to staff from NHS and Police, not for profit organisations and the private sector. I also receive referrals from individuals who approach me, independently. Whilst not having a formal qualification in couples work, I have read around this issue and been able to offered it to a number of couples, when asked, by Employee Assistance Programme firms.
I tend to offer telephone counselling only when I have an established counselling relationship with a client via face to face sessions although I have completed a series of sessions this way when required on behalf of a company.
£38 per hour/ £30 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 a relational depth with clients, closely following and exploring the experiences they describe to me, in order to more specifically assist them.
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 evenings and occasional Saturday mornings by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|