I am a very experienced counsellor & supervisor who strongly believes in the power of the relationship between counsellor & client to build self-esteem and empower you to make changes in your life. Whether you are a first timer or have had a bad experience of counselling let me help you.
Just email or ring me to arrange an initial hourly appointment, at which you can tell me what your issues are, & if you then wish to continue we will arrange further sessions at a time to suit us both. These are usually once a week.
I provide a lovely safe space in my room in an attractive market town in Northumberland, just off the A1 and with a regular bus service.
I am retired from regular employment so am flexible as to days & times for appointments, including some evenings. I am happy to take referrals for clients aged 18 & upwards.
My way of working
Essentially I work in a person centred way, allowing the client to set the purpose, direction & agenda for the counselling. I am very interested in the childhood and life history of each person- which is unique to them- & will have had an influence on their present difficulties.
I may use some CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) if that is appropriate, but do not follow one 'technique' that may or may not work. My type of therapy is geared entirely to the individual client.
I take the issue of confidentiality very seriously, and follow the BACP code of ethical practice.
Areas of counselling
I work with a wide range of issues including child abuse, relationship/sexual problems, work stress, bereavement, anxiety & depression, and problems resulting from a boarding school education.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Psychology, and did my initial training with Relate as a couples counsellor. Then in the decade before I retired I taught counselling at an FE college, covering all theories and approaches, but predominantly person centred.
For 6 years I ran the bereavement service at my local hospice, and trained the bereavement volunteers for Cruse Tyneside.
I have had counselling myself and so I know what it is like to be on the other side.
I have attended numerous training courses over the years and maintain my Continuing Professional Development each year as required by BACP.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour
Concessions for students and those on low income, negotiable before counselling starts
Concessions offered for
I am also an experienced counselling Supervisor.
N.B. Since August I have seen a few clients face to face in a risk assessed setting but now we are under further restrictions in the north east I am offering sessions on Zoom. It is not ideal but works ok if you can find a quiet space where you will not be interrupted.