After years of battling mental illness I decided to help others on their quest to better mental health.
I have now attained my Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy after 3 years of studying.
Brief history of myself;
- diagnosed with depression in 2010
- had a number of psychotic episodes and was given a diagnosis of psychosis
- in 2012 I was given a formal diagnosis of bi polar although had gone undiagnosed for a number of years
- 3 psychiatric hospital admissions totalling 7 months including 1 month on the intensive care unit
- held under section 2 & 3 of the Mental Health Act
- undergone numerous therapy sessions
- still take a number of medications to keep my condition under control
- 2 failed suicide attempts
- have enjoyed good mental health for 6 years
- 4 years Samaritans experience
- previously a trustee and committee member at Rotherham Samaritans
- completed the Foundations of Counselling course in 2016
- 18 months support work in a mental health unit run by Priory
- 2 years work at Sheffield Mind as an Enhanced Support Worker (ongoing)
- 370 counselling hours achieved (ongoing)
- campaigned for better mental health in Sheffield Star, Rotherham Advertiser, Radio Sheffield, Capital FM, Heart Yorkshire, Rotherham FM and Trax FM
- spoken at various NHS conferences across Yorkshire
- spoken at Samaritans regional conference
- published my first book 'King of The World'
- unofficially been helping people for a number of years
- Employed as therapist at Sheffield Mind working with the families of the armed forces and also the families of veterans
I firmly believe that people can and do come back from mental illness or personal set backs.
Medication is a fantastic tool in aiding someone but alone it will not solve the problem. Good mental health is like a pie and medication forms a major part of this however another major contributing slice is talking to somebody about how they truly feel.
Finding someone who can facilitate this can be very difficult. From the support I have given and feedback I have received I do feel I have the personal qualities to provide a platform for someone to speak their mind in an honest way and in an environment where they will not be judged no matter what they say.
I strongly believe the answers to the hardest of questions come from within oneself.
I offer 1-1 sessions in person or via telephone if you prefer.
There is no obligation, feel free to get in touch and test the water.
All work is fully insured and I am a member of the BACP and follow their ethical framework.
Nobody should suffer in silence, you are not alone.
I was surprised how much it has helped just getting things off my chest that I have never told anyone before without judgment. It’s crazy how much it has helped me with things. You’ve helped me build my confidence and made me realise it’s not always going to be bad.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Foundations of Counselling
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My main speciality is mental health due to my experience of living with a mental health condition and also my work within mental health over the last 4 years.
Fees for 1-1 counselling in a safe setting where you will not be judged are £40 for fifty minutes.
My current availability is evenings and weekends to suit you.