Couples Counsellor, MBACP (Accredited)
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Welcome to couple counselling. I have over twenty years’ experience working with couples, married or single, and individuals with relationship concerns. My approach is both practical and empathic. The aim of the work together is to talk through thoughts and feelings to reach a clearer understanding of your Individual needs, and to find ways forward for your couple.
During Covid, I am working online using Zoom. This may be unfamiliar and initially strange, but most clients have found it works well.
The counselling is for adult couples and individuals of any ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
Frequent problems include
- disappointment with your partner
- work difficulties
- a new baby
- children felt to be or have a problem
- growing families
- issues with parents and in-laws
- new partners and extended families
Seeking help for your health and mental wellbeing
Couples seek help with pressing concerns which have caused ongoing unresolved hurt, loneliness, anxiety and stress and even depression, with no clear way to solve the problem. Often our physical and /or mental health may be affected. Feelings and expectations about ourselves and partners change as life changes over time, perhaps gradually, or sometimes quite suddenly. There is a realisation that change is very much needed. Seeking help is not always an easy thing to do, but to talk to a trained counsellor who is there as an ally to each person, who can listen with an approach that is felt to be empathic and non-judgmental, does enable you to take a step back and gain more understanding.This process puts you more in control. You then have the opportunity to make your life and relationship a priority, and use your sessions as part of your strategy to reach a new understanding and way forward.
The counselling is for adult individuals and couples of any ethnic origin and sexual orientation.
The sessions last for fifty minutes. The counselling will continue for as long as you feel you need. Sometimes there is no 'quick fix', so more than one or two may be useful, sometimes this extends to 6 months or more.
The first step is to give time to each person in the counselling room, a quiet confidential space. We talk over what has brought you to counselling and explore new and rewarding ways to be together.
Often there is an an unexpected, effective way to solve a problem. Differences may prove a way to develop together instead of feeling stuck and alone. Sharing with your spouse or partner helps to make you a team. Many family/children issues are helped in the privacy of couple/individual work.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 4-year Diploma in Marital and Couple Counselling, London Marriage Guidance 1997
- 4 years salaried counsellor with London Marriage Guidance 1999-2003
- 7 years BACP Accredited and Relate licensed practitioner in Cumbria 2004-11
- 4 years independent BACP accredited practitioner in Cumbria, Cheshire and Shropshire (to date).
- The four-year Diploma training at LMG covered a very broad spectrum of theory and practice, including psychodynamic, person-centred, integrative, systemic, CBT, analytic and training sessions with the Tavistock Institute for Human Relations, in areas such as ethnic diversity, same sex relations, mental health, using the couple perspective. I subsequently worked at the Tavistock as a couple counsellor for two years before moving north and practising independently.
- I have been an accredited counsellor with BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) since 2003; my accreditation is updated annually.
Please see the BACP website and ask me for any further information, or contact me by message from this site
I will normally call back the same day if not immediately available. If you can give a suitable time please do so.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The highlighted list above gives some idea of the range of distress that may be of concern. However all feelings and experiences are relevant.
Concessions offered for
Fees are as follows and may be negotiated according to need:
£60 per assessment or regular session for a couple together
£40 for an individual person
Commitment to the sessions arranged and the time set is a requirement. Accordingly there is a charge for missed sessions.
Cancellation charge The full fee is payable if less than 24 hours (excluding weekends) is given. No payment is required for missed sessions if due notice is given.
Telephone/Skype may be options, for which payment is required in advance of the session.
When I work
Please call 07796 986439 for an appointment on Tuesday or Wednesday 12 00-6 30 pm, last appointment 5 30pm; other times available if urgent. I will invite you to a Zoom meeting online.
Remember that you may feel unhappy even in a relationship that seems fine to the outside world. However your counselling is completely private unless issues of harm to yourselves or a third party arise.
The most direct way to contact is to ring and leave a message. Between 8.30 am and 10.00 am I am usually able to pick up straight away but if you need to leave a message please give suitable times for you and I will try to call then. We can have a brief talk about your concerns.