Hello and welcome to my counselling profile.
I have over 15 years of experience as a fully qualified counsellor, successfully helping hundreds of clients, who have experienced mental health issues and emotional distress. My clients have ranged widely from 12 year olds to those in their 80s, and with a very wide range of mental issues, as you will see below.
I have specific expertise and experience in bereavement counselling and have been able this year to help many clients who have been bereaved due to Covid-19;
I have also helped many bereaved clients who, due to the complications of lockdowns and restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic, have had more intense and complicated grief, such as the loneliness, the restricted funerals, not being able to visit their dying relative etc. Grieving during the Covid-19 pandemic has been uniquely difficult, and I have been able to help clients cope with this tremendously painful time.
I specialise in helping individuals with the following issues:
- Coping with major change in life e.g. the Covid-19 crisis and its impacts
- Loss of any kind
- Panic attacks
- Family stress and relationship problems
- Building resilience and strength to cope with the “hard knocks” of life
- Suicidal thinking and behaviour
- Self-esteem issues
How I deliver therapy.
I give each client a total focus, giving advanced empathy, which enables every client to start healing and feeling better. I value each client as a unique individual and help each person to find their unused strengths.
You will be listened to, by me, in such a deep and caring, non-judgemental way that allows you to fully express and cope with your difficult emotions. And you will discover, through my gentle guidance and thoughtful questions, much more clarity in your thinking and develop options on what you need to do to heal.
I will work to your pace, with deep patience and compassion. I will enable you to feel more self-confident in facing your problems and stresses.
During my life I have experienced several mental health issues personally, which enables me to counsel from an authentic understanding of the depth of pain that clients can suffer.
My counselling style has successfully helped hundreds of clients. I will not only help you with your current issues; I will also enable you to have the long-term, increased self-awareness and self-confidence to cope with future challenges in your life, to become more resilient.
The most critical factor I provide to you: The Counselling Relationship.
The Counselling Relationship between client and counsellor is the most critical factor for successful counselling. It is crucial that the client can start to feel at ease in the sessions and I am skilled in helping all my clients to relax and use the sessions as a special, safe space in which to find a way through their problems.
I am highly skilled and experienced in developing an effective counselling relationship with every client, which is the foundation for helping you, the client, to start to heal.
My genuineness, empathy, caring style, and openness will help you relax and feel totally trusted. I have a passion for helping others find relief from their distress.
We are all stronger than we think; and I will help you discover your untapped strengths, which will help you to heal your issues, whatever they are.
In addition to the issues mentioned above I have successfully helped clients with:
- Separation and divorce
- Work stress
- Facing a terminal disease or illness
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress
- Sexual abuse, rape and violence
- Impact of abortion or infertility
- Sexual identity including transgender issues
- Sexuality issues
- Addictive behaviour
- Pre-trial therapy for victims
- Mid-Life crisis
- Loss of purpose and meaning in life
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviour
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Fear of death
- Fear of the future
- Phobias including agoraphobia
- Adjusting to change e.g. retirement, loneliness
- Improving Performance at work or sport
- Existential stress and angst
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP, which ensures I adhere to best practice and ethics in my counselling, and that I continually develop my counselling skills.
During 30 years in the Fire Service, my counselling skills were used to help staff with mental and emotional issues, and I developed a counselling service for the firefighters and support staff. As a qualified Post Traumatic Stress Debriefer, for 20 years I conducted many PTSD Debriefs to assist firefighters following their attendance at traumatic emergency incidents.
In addition to counselling clients in a private capacity I worked for nine years at a large Further Education College, where I helped hundreds of clients, including mature students, staff and young adults.
Working for a hospice in a voluntary capacity I have assisted many bereaved clients, which has been especially challenging for them with the added Covid-19 complications.
My extensive leadership training and coaching of individuals in the Fire Service gives me a unique ability to help others develop their true potential, and to help them overcome the mental obstacles holding them back from achieving their life goals.
- Degree in Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling
- Masters Degree
- Registered Member of the BACP
- Post Graduate Certificate in Supervision
- Certificate in Performance Coaching
- Certificate in Life Coaching
- Child Protection Level 3
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
Coaching to improve your life
I am a qualified and experienced life-coach and have helped many clients to improve their fulfilment in life and to reach their goals. I have also assisted clients to improve their performance at work. As an experienced senior manager and leadership trainer, I have coached many individuals to achieve advancement and promotion. I can help you to set personal, meaningful goals to prioritise, and to self-motivate and focus effectively, to achieve your goals and personal growth in your life.
First session half price
To allow you to assess whether counselling with me is useful to you, I offer every client the opportunity to receive the first session at half the normal fee i.e. £15.
Duration of Sessions
My counselling sessions follow best practice and are approximately 50 minutes in duration. My supervision sessions are approximately 90 minutes duration, in line with BACP best practice. I have recently lowered my price due to recognising that the financial impact of Covid-19 has affected many households.
- £30 per counselling session
- £45 per supervision session
Supervising of counsellors
As a qualified Supervisor I offer counselling supervision to psychotherapists and counsellors, and have 8 years of experience in supervising counsellors, both in a one-to-one and group format. I use a person-centred approach, and have a depth of experience in developing counsellors. The fee is £30 per hour.
Face-to-face counselling is restricted during the current Covid crisis, subject to current government guidelines, and I ensure I comply with all the best practice safeguards in line with BACP guidelines. I currently counsel clients just as effectively over the phone, or Zoom or Facetime methods, should they prefer this method.
I also offer outdoor therapy, where I accompany the client walking in the beautiful outdoors of the Lake District, whilst conducting the dialogue and therapy with the client. This is a highly effective method, as research has proven its efficacy, where connecting with nature and the outdoors empowers the client to get in touch with their thoughts and feelings.
I am very flexible in the manner in which I can deliver therapy. I offer face-to-face counselling at my home; at your home; over the telephone or Facetime and Zoom.