I'm a qualified Counsellor who is Carlisle born and bred. I qualified in 2006 and I am now a Registered member of the BACP.
As a qualified counsellor, I will work alongside you, at your own pace. to support you through your own individual counselling process.I appreciate that it is important for you to feel comfortable with me as your therapist, so I am happy to have an initial chat with you over the phone before we meet, to discuss whether I am the right therapist for you. If you text me and state a time that is convenient for you to talk, I will phone you. My number is 07921611062. Alternatively, you can email me here
My experience as a Counsellor is diverse. Whilst qualifying as a Person-Centred Counsellor, I spent a day a week, for two years, in a local G.P's practice, in Penrith. This developed my skills of working with a vast age-group, from 16 to 90 plus. I also counselled a wide range of issues from anxiety and depression, domestic abuse and family breakdowns, life-threatening illness and other often stressful and life-changing events that the patients chose to bring to their counselling appointments.
I have over 20 years of experience of working with children and young people, from the ages of 5 to 19, in both Primary and Secondary schools and also in alternative education providers, local Sixth Forms and also in Higher Education colleges. I have also set up school counselling departments, in local Primary and secondary schools. I have also worked for a National charity, working alongside the NHS. Most recently I have also facilitated workshops focussing on Social Skills, Building Confidence and Self-Worth and Cyber-bullying and Sexting and I am experienced in counselling children and young people who either are experiencing bullying, or who are recovering from this traumatic experience.
I am currently focussing on my Private Practice work, which I set up in 2006. I offer my counselling to children and young people, from the ages of 7 to 19 years old and to parents and other adults. I can offer one to one therapy and also systemic family work, which may involve the complete nuclear family, or sometimes a young person and their parents, to process family breakdown issues. I gained further qualifications, in Trauma and Loss counselling, in 2008. Alongside family breakdown issues and anxiety and depression I also have experience of counselling Cancer patients, who are either accessing Cancer treatment or who are in remission. I also have experience of counselling parents and siblings, at this stressful time. I have experience of counselling people through their own recovery from Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. I am familiar with working with hospital staff and other NHS professionals, as well as charities, such as Clic Sargent.
I believe that as a Counsellor, it is an honour to listen to other people's life issues and to support them in their own unique process of counselling, to gain clarity and a sense of contentment, in their own unique lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have the following relevant qualifications and training:
- University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Using the Person-Centred approach to Trauma and Loss
- Diploma in Person-Centred counselling
- B.A (Hons) Textile Design and Surface Decoration
- Level 3 Safeguarding
- I am a Registered Member of the BACP
As I have worked with children, young people and their families since 1998, I also have also attended relevant training in issues focussing around family systemics, ASD, PDA, challenging behaviour and creative therapies..
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
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
£50 per session lasting 1 hour.
I am happy to go at your pace. I usually see people on a weekly, or fortnightly basis but I also appreciate how busy and hectic life can be. I also counsel adults and parents who work irregular work patterns and so I am happy to see you as regularly as you require to see me.