- I am an accredited counsellor and accredited EMDR practitioner and have been working since 2004. I have considerable experience of helping people recover from a wide range of distressing problems including addictions, anxiety, depression, stress, excessive anger, and trauma.
- In addition to my counselling practice, I also provide supervision for counsellors who work from a humanistic perspective.
- I believe that the best way to help people to recover is to learn about the obstacles that prevent change and by utilising their own resources constructively. This means that I listen attentively to what the client would like to alter about their behaviour and suggest a variety of different techniques to enable them to make these changes. I believe that counselling is most effective when it is an open and active collaboration between the client and me.
- I am based in Durham and have a purpose built counselling room in my garden. Whilst I see the majority of clients at my office, I can also make home visits and provide sessions via SKYPE/Facetime. I also work from Jesmond Therapy Centre on Wednesdays.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in several key approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. These include the following qualifications:
- MA in Counselling (Durham University) - completed in 2006.
- MSc in Psychology (Sunderland University) - completed in 2016.
- PGDiploma in Counselling (Durham University) - completed in 2004.
- PGDiploma in Human Givens Therapy (Nottingham Trent University - completed in 2010.
- EMDR UK and Ireland accredited practitioner (Feb 2020); Parts 1-4 in EMDR - completed between 2009 and 11 (EMDR Europe).
- Introduction to Solution-Focused Brief Therapy - completed in 2008 (BRIEF).
- Certificate in Counselling Supervision II - completed in 2008 (NCFE/Paradigm Campbell Associates).
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)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
- Counselling/EMDR: £55 per hour
- Counselling supervision: £45 per hour
When I work
Mondays to Thursdays, as well as evening availability during the week.