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Adv Dip in Counselling, BA Hons Youth and Community Studies.

About me

Hello, thank you for taking the time to look at my profile.

Are you struggling with anxiety, trauma, bereavement, low self esteem, sadness, anger issues, relationship or workplace issues? I have over 20 years of experience as a counsellor, and I have worked people from all walks of life, with a variety of issues. Perhaps you aren't quite sure whether you need counselling, or how it might help you. It's not unusual to feel this way. With all new clients, I suggest an initial consultation where we can talk things through, and explore how counselling might help you.

I understand that making that first step to find a counsellor can be daunting. Maybe you haven't talked about your thoughts or feelings before. I offer a safe, confidential place where you can talk about the issues that are important to you.  

Counselling is very much a two way process. As a counsellor, whilst I can't give you the answers, I can support you in navigating your way through any challenges, or dificulties you might be facing.

I often find it helps to look at the reasons behind our thought's, feelings, and behaviours. Once we know why, or how something happens then we can look at finding a solution. Maybe you are feeling anxious? Together we can look at what causes the anxiety, stress, trauma, anger, or sadness. 

Maybe you are struggling with relationships either with a family member, friend, work colleague? I can support you in exploring your relationships with others, and how can be improved.

Perhaps you are a concerned parent who has a child needing support? I have many years experience of supporting children, and families. I can work alongside you, to help support them through any emotional challenges they face. PLEASE NOTE, I AM ONLY EVER ABLE TO WORK WITH CHILDREN IF THEY ARE IN AGREEMENT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE. 

I have experience of working with people from various walks of life. Some of the situations I have worked with include:

  • self esteem issues/confidence issues
  • bereavement/ loss
  • anxiety
  • bullying
  • self harm
  • anger
  • childhood trauma/inner child work
  • depression
  • work related issues
  • stress
  • family issues

I have a wide range of counselling experience with both adults and children, and working on a long or short term basis. This includes:

  • 3 years community counselling service
  • Providing counselling to staff in educational establishments
  • 5 years with the YMCA as part of their Open House Youth Counselling
  • 6 years experience working at educational establishments from primary to university education

Professional Information:

  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2002)
  • Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors, and Psychotherapists). 
  • BA Hons in Youth and Community Studies 2.1 (2010)
  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB) (1994)
  • Insured
  • DBS checked
  • Registered with the ICO (Information Commisioners Office) this ensure that the information you share with me is stored safely 

I understand that you will have your own personal reasons that you might be considering counselling. No two people are the same. I work flexibly to meet the needs of individuals. If having read my profile you would like to talk to me further about how best I can support, please feel free to contact me. Alternatively you can find more details, about how I work and what I offer on my website.

My practice is located in the Eden Valley in North Cumbria within easy reach of Carlisle, Penrith, Brampton, and Southern Scotland. I am a humanistic/person centred trained counsellor. However I see each client as being unique, and therefore use a range of different approaches appropriate to the needs of the individual client.

Training, qualifications & experience

Ongoing..I regularly attend trainings and courses to support my counselling work. Most recently I have attend a Suicide Awareness training, and also done a Mindfulness course.

2021- Inner Child Healing Diploma. Centre of Excellence

2021 - Ho'oponopono-The Art of Forgiveness. Centre of Excellence

2021- Anxiety Management Diploma. Centre of Excellence

2020- Mindfulness Diploma. Centre of Excellence

2012 - Surrey Nurturing Links...Parenting Puzzle Group Leader training

2007-2010 BA Hons Youth and Community Studies
2005-2006 NVQ Level 2 in Youth Work
2002-2003 City and Guilds Certificate in Adult Teaching Stage 1
1999-2002 Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
1998-1999 Certificate in Counselling Theory
1998-1999 Certificate in Counselling Skills
1992-1994 NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing)

Counselling Experience:

2000-2002. Trainee counsellor. University of Portsmouth Counselling Service

2001-2004. Trainee/Volunteer counsellor. Crossways Counselling Service. Haslemere, Surrey

2004-2007. Volunteer counsellor. Open House Youth Counselling Service. Guildford YMCA.

2008-2009. Employed counsellor support worker in primary schools. Monmouthshire Youth Service.

2019-current. Employed secondary school counsellor. Cumbria

Other Experience:

I have an interest in peoples relationship with food, and how it impacts their emotional wellbeing. I have run some successful sugar free workshops.

Member organisations


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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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£45.00 per session

Additional information

£45. I accept cash, and back transfer, however for the first session I require cash. Please note I do not currently have facilities for card payment.

When I work

Monday-Friday daytime. Limited evening appointments.

Further information

In addition to my counselling experience, I have over 20 years of experience of working with children, and young people from 0-25. I have a BA Hons in Youth and Community Studies, and a Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB), and have worked in various areas including as a nursery nurse, nanny, home school link worker, youth worker, and mentor.

I have also taught interpersonal, and counselling skills at a further education college.

Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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