Are you struggling with anxiety, relationship problems, low mood, or low self esteem and feel that you need some help?
Or do you have difficulties related to a diagnosis, surgery, or a bereavement, that has impacted on your emotional wellbeing? These sorts of events can really knock us, causing anxiety, high stress levels, poor sleep, and low mood.
I can help you with these problems, by supporting you to take a gentle and kind look at yourself, and listening to you with impartiality and compassion. Of course I cant change your life situations, but together we can change how you relate to them.
Those first steps to seeking professional help can feel daunting, and opening up to a complete stranger is never easy. During our work together, we will always progress at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
I am a fully qualified and BACP registered counsellor, used to talking to people with a wide range of emotional issues. I offer you a calm quiet space so you can explore what's going on for you.
My speciality is couple counselling and working with clients, especially women, with health care issues, and food addiction, but I can help you with all the usual types of issues that people come for therapy for.
I see clients in a designated private room on the ground floor in my home, a quiet secluded and rural spot which is a few minutes’ drive from Baldwins Gate village, near Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. I offer both long and short term work.
I am also close to the Cheshire and Shropshire border with easy access to the towns of Crewe, Nantwich, Market Drayton and Loggerheads, and the villages of Madeley, Ashley, Audlem, Bridgemere, Woore, Wrinehill, Betley and Eccleshall all within easy reach. I am just 15 minutes' drive from junction 15 of the M6.
Training, qualifications & experience
My entire professional life has been spent working with people. I have been a registered nurse for many decades, working in accident and emergency departments, children’s wards, and general practice.
In 2014 I decided to complete a BACP accredited training course in order to practice as a counsellor, and I am now fully registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Over the past three years I have worked as a counsellor for the NHS, at a hospice, and in private practice. I currently work in my own private practice, and at a mental health charity locally, seeing adults individually or as couples.
A Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology and one in Advanced Nursing Practice. I also have qualifications in Nurse Prescribing, Specialist Practitioner BSc (Hons), Sick Children’s nursing plus I have completed specialist training in sexual health, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, assertiveness and clear communication, motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, psychodynamic therapy, relationship and sexual problems, mindfulness based stress reduction and cognitive therapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Health and health care related issues
- Food addiction and all forms of eating distress
- Birth trauma and other similar medically related types of trauma
- Life changing diagnosis or surgery,
- Traumatic surgery or illness
- Life transitions, including retirement, relocation, redundancy, divorce
- Body image
- Gender confirmation surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Facial or body disfigurement
- Members of 12 step fellowships
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
- Human Givens psychotherapy
- Humanistic therapies
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My fees are £45 per one hour session, £20 of which is payable via online transfer, upon booking, or when each follow up appointment is made, in order to hold your slot.
I also offer a discounted rate of £270 for 7 sessions, if paid for in advance.
Payment is either by cheque, cash, direct online transfer (BACS) or card.
I am an Integrative Counsellor, and I practice this with a person centred focus.
What that means is I can offer many different therapeutic approaches, for example, psychodynamic, transactional analysis, mindfulness, moment by moment body awareness, behavioural activation and cognitive behavioural therapy as and when it maybe helpful for you.
However we will focus in the main on where you are, your needs and aims, and what you want to consider. As we get to know each other, we will build a relationship which will be fundamental to your healing.
Many clients choose me because they particularly value the combination of sensitive counselling underpinned by medical knowledge, you maybe
- struggling with your own or someone else’s medical problems or difficulties,
- needing support in relation to a life changing diagnosis, bereavement, a medically traumatic experience, or similar,
- have anxieties related to your body image, appearance, ageing, or previous surgery,
- undergoing gender confirmation surgery, surgery related to facial and/or body disfigurement, or for cosmetic reasons, and want knowledgeable understanding and support,
- be a women seeking help with regard to sexual, menopausal and other related health issues.
- struggling to find a way out of food addiction or other types of eating distress.
I also work as a general counsellor, and see clients with a wide range of issues and life challenges, including relationship problems, work related matters, sexuality, spirituality, loneliness, low self esteem, low mood, and anxiety. In addition I am experienced in working with addicts recovering in 12 step fellowships.
There is good access and parking. Appointment times are well spaced out so there is no chance of meeting other clients. I have availability during the weekdays, some evenings as well as Saturday mornings and Sunday late afternoon.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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My counselling room is on the ground floor with just one shallow step over our front door. You can park immediately outside the front door if you need to.
I have flexible availability throughout the week including daytime and early evening, some Saturday mornings and Sunday late afternoon.
Types of client
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