I recognize that only the individual knows what is making them anxious or troubling them, advice and being told how to fix problems may not seem helpful when there is anxiety and upset. Talking with family, friends and colleagues may improve the situation in the short term.
I believe that talking problems through with a qualified counsellor, in a professional, warm and safe environment could be the answer for you. You may be seeking support and understanding at this extremely anxious time.
I aim to provide such an environment, in which you will hopefully feel heard and understood. Given the right atmosphere and support, you can make sense of your anxiety and pain, gain confidence to make changes and take control of your life.
From the 1st August I will be working face to face with clients, as well as telephone sessions. Covid-19 safety measures will be in place.
Training, qualifications & experience
My experience in counselling has been gained through working in many areas over the past 24 years, including primary care trusts, emergency services, youth work, employers assistance programmes, further and university educational settings.
I have been an Accredited Counsellor with BACP since March 2000 and a Senior Accredited Counsellor since March 2005.
All my individual counselling training was undertaken and completed at Wigan and Leigh Further Education College, the Advanced Diploma Course was B.A.C.P. accredited.
I am a fully qualified Relationship Counsellor gaining my Certificate in Relationship and Couple Therapy from Relate in December 2000.
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 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
I have counselled now for 24 years in different settings, my experience is wide and varied. I always return to the same conclusion ,which is that a person needs to feel warmth, be comfortable, feel understood, but most of all feel heard. I feel this needs to be conveyed both verbally and emotionally , then there is the space for you to make changes and emotionally grow.
I look forward to facilitating that space for you in your endeavour to make sense of yourself and your world.
£40.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
I charge £40.00 per session for one to one counselling.
Couple counselling the charge is £50.00 per session
Supervision Charges £40 per hour, £60 per hour and a half.
I take payment by cash or Bank Transfer, I will always give you a receipt.
Appointments are available in the daytime Tuesday through till Thursday. Evening appointments Tuesday and Wednesday.
You can email me or leave a message on either telephone number.
I am available Tuesday through till Thursday 09.30-20.30. Monday and Friday by arrangement.
I live 5 miles to the south of Wigan town centre , within easy reach of Manchester, Liverpool, St. Helens and the surrounding areas.
You can use public transport, I live near the main Liverpool to Wigan railway line and the bus stop for the service between Wigan and Leigh towns is a 5 minute walk away.
Travelling by car, there is ample on-street parking available.
The M6 motorway is nearby, as is the A49, East Lancashire Road, all the roads connect to the motorway network in the surrounding area.