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MBACP (Accred) - Counsellor and Supervisor
Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 10th August 2022

About me

Do you feel unable to function as well as you would like, or that you are not able to cope with life's difficulties?  If so, I can help you to explore the cause of your distress, and find the best way forward, to enable you to function better, and cope with whatever you are having to deal with.

I am a BACP Registered & Accredited counsellor and work in a Person-Centred Integrative way, drawing on other Humanistic therapies and CBT.  I have 19 years counselling experience, and have a private practice where I work with clients of all ages, and from all backgrounds on both a short and long term basis.  I also do time-limited work with individual organisations and EAPs (Employee Assistance Programme companies).  In addition, I am a supervisor and provide clinical supervision to trainee and fully trained counsellors, and I provide external supervision to individuals working in organisations in the public and private sectors.

Person-Centred therapy is a humanistic therapy based on the belief that we all have an innate tendency to develop towards our full potential, but this can become blocked or distorted by past and present life experiences, such as trauma or abuse, difficult relationships, bullying, loss or bereavement, or illness.

We can find ourselves replaying the same behaviours and patterns of relating to others – our family members, partners, children, friends and work colleagues – without understanding why…  We can become stressed, anxious, panicky, angry, depressed, fearful, lacking in confidence and low in self-esteem.  We can become addicted to food, alcohol, the internet, on-line gambling, sex, or anything else that numbs the feelings caused by distress.

We are all unique with individual needs, so I would work with you to establish a relationship of openness and honesty – to accept you just as you are, with respect and compassion, without judgement or criticism.  I would help you to understand your experience from your point of view and to help you to reconnect with your inner resources.  This process would enable you to make the changes you need – to find your own way to move forward, to a more peaceful and fulfilling life.

I have nine years’ experience of working within the NHS and Mind.  I worked successfully with children and young people who were experiencing mental health issues that were causing them distress and affecting their everyday functioning, such as anxiety around exams and school attendance, generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, depression, low self-esteem, bullying, peer and friendship problems, and behaviour problems. 

I also worked with parents who wanted to help their children overcome their difficulties, and with parents who were finding it hard to manage their children’s behaviour.  In addition, I worked on attachment issues with parents, helping them to overcome the obstacles that were getting in the way of them bonding with their children, and with parents who wanted to improve their relationships with their children.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Registered & Accredited) and abide by their Code of Practice.
  • Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) – Derby University
  • Transactional Analysis 101 – The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Supervision – The Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Certificate in Couples & Relationship Counselling – Macclesfield Counselling and Training Centre
  • Mindfulness Based Living – Mindfulness Association Ltd
  • DBT Essentials (Level 1 Accredited) – Association for Psychological Therapies
  • Alcohol Awareness – Central Cheshire Alcohol Services
  • Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme (Accredited)
  • Incredible Years – (Webster Stratton) Parenting Programme (Accredited)

Additional training:

  • Family Mediation – ICIS
  • Systemic Family Therapy Training – NHS
  • Solution Focused Therapy – MIND

Currently studying:

  • Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring – Institute of Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Work-place issues; Burn-out; Bullying; Couples Counselling; Relationship Counselling; Attachment issues; Family relationships; Parenting issues; Parenting groups; Behaviour problems.

Fees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • AXA PPP

Additional information

Counselling session – £40 (50-60 minutes)

Supervision session – £45 (60 minutes) / £60 (90 minutes)

Reduced rates for student counsellors – £30 per Counselling session (50-60 minutes)
                                                                       £35 per Supervision session (60 minutes)

Couples/Relationship Counselling session - £50 (60 minutes)

Contract, EAPs and organisations – fees by negotiation

Concessions are available on enquiry

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

  • Fully insured
  • Current DBS Certificate (previously known as CRB)
  • Registered with the ICO (Information Commisioner's Office - Data Protection)
  • Early morning and evening sessions available.

You are welcome to email me at teresa.counselling@gmail.com

Or alternatively you can text or call me on my mobile 07845 038 433.

Leave a message if necessary, and I will get back to you as soon I am able to.

Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp

Supervision

Online
Phone

I work with trainee and fully qualified counsellors.

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