Psychotherapy. MBACP, BSc (Hons), Dip Couns
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I have worked as a counsellor and as a psychotherapist since 2001. I work with problems including depression, anxiety and low self-esteem and have a special interest in Autism and Aspergers. I work in private practice and as a counsellor at Understanding Autism North West.
I am particularly keen to provide a safe space in which my clients can explore long held feelings of being ‘different’, of being tolerated but not fully accepted, of feeling dissatisfied, disappointed and exhausted by the effort required in trying to continuously please others. It is usually a relief to realise you are not alone in feeling like this and that it is possible to find your preferred way of being in the world and to decide to stop feeling the need to justify being your authentic self.
Unfortunately, it is often the case that autistic adults have had a poor experience of counselling and psychotherapy where the professional has not had sufficient understanding of the ways in which the world looks so very different to their autistic client. I have a particular interest in supporting adults who find they are struggling to come to terms with what it means to be autistic and the support I offer is very different to that which my clients tell me they have experienced elsewhere.
I understand the anxiety people have in acknowledging they may need the help of a professional and in making that initial contact, but I have many years of experience and promise there is no need to feel this way.
I'm very happy to have an informal chat if you would like to know more about how I may be able to help. Please get in touch (email, text or phone) to arrange a free initial 30 minute, no obligation telephone consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Psychology BSc (hons)
Dip TA Counselling
Ongoing training, Integrative Psychotherapy
Ongoing study & research at the Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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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.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 per hour
A limited number of concessions are available to clients most in need but unable to afford the full cost of therapy.
My specialist interest in autism is supported through my ongoing study and research at the Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and through continuous, ongoing training in Integrative Psychotherapy and its application with autism spectrum.