I am a fully qualified and registered Person Centred Counsellor and member of the BACP which is an accredited professional body. I work strictly within the BACP Ethical Framework and Code of Practice.
I am experienced in both adult individuals and couples counselling within public, private and charity sectors.
I am also a registered senior cardiac nurse working for the NHS. Within this role I support my patients with my counselling skills, stress management techniques and I help people come to terms with long term life changes.
I offer person centred counselling in a safe, comfortable and confidential environment. This approach facilitates you to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences at your own pace. You can feel confident that when you come and see me I will respect you and I won't judge you in any way. Professional Counselling can help you to deal with the many difficulties we face in our lives when we need some extra support or feel that life is overwhelming.
Couples counselling gives opportunity and protected space for people to talk openly and freely about their worries and concerns whilst being listened to. This can lead couples to have a deeper understanding and respect for each other. Common issues in relationships include feeling isolated and lonely. Feeling misunderstood and dissatisfied with the relationship can make us feel sad or even angry. Affairs within the relationship can cause mistrust and a breakdown of communication. Solutions however can be found and difficulties worked through.
Talking to a qualified counsellor can also help you to cope better generally and improve personal relationships. However I believe in an individual approach and therefore I may use various other interventions if required. Some common issues that people who seek Counselling may experience include Anxiety, Depression, relationship problems, health worries and low self confidence to name but a few.
I usually see most of my private clients at my home address in my private and comfortable counselling room. I also have counselling rooms available in St Helens. If you are house bound however I can arrange to see you in your own home.
During this time many of my clients have chosen to have therapy through online sources including FaceTime Skype and Zoom. Telephone counselling can also be arranged.
I have been busy ensuring my business environment is safe by completing risk assessments and policies in accordance with government guidance. This means I will be asking clients not to attend for therapy if they have any covid type symptoms. My counselling room can easily allow for social distancing and hand sanitizer is available. There is a downstairs washroom near to the entrance. The area will be strictly cleaned between clients. This can be discussed in more detail once an appointment has been booked.
I understand that making that first step towards seeking help can feel daunting at first. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding counselling or wish to make an appointment with me. This can be by email or phone. Feel free to leave me a message and I can call you back at your convenience.
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Training, qualifications & experience
Clinical mentorship and assessing
December NLP Centre of Excellence NLP Diploma
August 2013 BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency
November 2012 BACPR Health Behaviour Change and Psychological support in cardiovascular disease.
September 2012 CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Alcohol Awareness and Identification and brief advice
May NHS Positive Mental Training Stage 1
June NHS Positive Mental Training Stage 2
October 2010 ABC Certificate in Counselling Skills
June 2010 BHF National Centre Loughborough University Brief Interventions. Solution Focused Practice
February 2009 Edge Hill University Clinical examination
July 2005 Loughborough BACR Phase 4 Exercise Instructor
February 1994 Edge Hill School of Health Studies Counselling Course Level 1
May 1992 UKCC Registered General Nurse
I have completed many other courses and study days that are clinical in nature therefore not mentioned here.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic disease anxiety
Sport performance anxiety
Couples counselling £40
Home visit due to traveling time and traveling expenses £50
online therapy £35
Telephone counselling £35
Day time and evenings available except Monday. Sessions are available in Widnes, Warrington and St Helens.
Just a little information about me.
My interest in mental health and emotional well being goes back many years. I currently work as a Cardiac Nurse Advisor for the NHS and deal with people who have emotional difficulties on a regular basis. I take a lead role for improving the mental health pathway within the team and I am also the clinical supervisor.
Within my role I also hold group discussions and teaching sessions for patients regarding mental health and helping them to come to terms with their life changing event. I am currently in the process of developing new teaching programmes to aid service development.
I have also been involved with a leading adult charity.
I am a firm believer that our physical health impacts on our general well being and mental health. I teach Tai Chi both for NHS patients and in private classes to help reduce anxiety and reduce stress.
I have previously managed programmes for a Social Enterprise developing and running programmes for people with mental health issues. These programmes included exercise, counselling skills, stress management, education and relaxation.