I am a Person Centred Counsellor, and you can find out lots more about me at my website www.counselling-lancaster.co.uk
I am able to work face-to-face, online or via the telephone. At present due to COVID-19 physical distancing rules, I am only able to work remotely.
I offer a calm, non-judgmental space for you to talk through whatever issues you may be struggling with. I believe that is most important in counselling is to find a person with whom you can build a trusting relationship. Counselling with me moves at your pace, and it will always be your choice to decide what we talk about in any session. Sometimes people imagine that to be “ready” for therapy you need to be feeling strong enough to instantly share your most difficult experiences with a stranger. I do not believe this is the case for everyone. I believe in giving each of my clients the time and space to explore things in a way which feels useful, safe and under their control.
I work in a non-directive way. This means that I will not tell you how I think you should do, what you should feel or what you should do differently. am not here to “fix” you. I am not here to diagnose you. I believe that there are many things in the world which are far more powerful than simply giving someone my advice. Solutions to life’s problems are so much more successful if they come from the heart. For that reason, I aim to help you reach your own conclusions. This does not mean I will be a passive presence who merely nods along while you talk. I will be as engaged in the process as you are, but I take my lead from you. I may ask questions, or share my impressions of what you are telling me. I won’t send you away with homework tasks or lists to fill in. Ultimately I believe that the way forward is yours alone, and the work of therapy is for us to work together to help you find it.
I left my previous career as a solicitor in the public sector, not only to seek more meaningful work, but also because I had a growing feeling that there were deeply important aspects of myself which were being squashed. The experience of feeling those parts of me come back to life in recent years has given me a real interest in issues of identity, how we define who we are and how our identities change during our lives. My own experiences of living with chronic pain as a child and young adult have also given me a deeply felt personal and professional interest in working with people dealing with pain and illness.
I work from my comfortable and quiet room in central Lancaster, which is easy to find and offers free parking. It is also near bus routes and only a 10 minute walk from Lancaster train station. I'll invite you in, offer you a cup of tea or coffee and give you the space to be heard.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Cumbria.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initital sessions are free of charge, and will be conducted via telephone for online/telephone counselling clients.
Subsequent sessions are £40 per hour, but this is negotiable for those on low incomes.