I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKCP).
I work using varying types of therapy, depending on the temperament of the client, such as;
▪️CBT: cognitive behaviour therapy.
▪️Mindfulness: based on focusing attention on the present experience in a non-judgemental way. ▪️Humanistic: maximising choices.
▪️Transactional analysis: helping to identify thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
I have spent 2 years with the National Health Service in a GP's surgery, experiencing a wide range of issues such as; long term illness, anger issues, low self esteem, depression, relationship issues, addiction and eating disorders.
My experience and my clients are wide-ranging in age, gender and experiences. I often mix different types of therapy to suit the individual.
I have also also been working with the Yorkshire-based charity Bereavement Care for the last 8 years.
I offer short, medium and long-term therapy depending on the issues presented and what changes are required.
I offer a warm, confidential environment in which to explore emotions through talking, drawing therapy and sand tray therapy. I am committed to the well-being of my clients and working in a respectful, non-judgmental and empathic manner.
Please see below for a wider range of issues addressed:
- anger management
- low confidence
- low self esteem
- emotional struggles in parenting
- relationship issues
- mild addictions
- mild eating disorders
- work-related stress
- social isolation
As struggles are part of normal life, they can become overwhelming. Talking therapy can reduce the chance of symptoms returning and allow one to develop a greater self-awareness, enabling change. It is the quality of the therapeutic relationship which largely determines the success of any counselling therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling (accredited by BACP and UKCP). Apart from holding the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, I have also completed a One year course at Leeds Metropolitan University under Robin and Jane Walford and have a Certificate in Transactional Analysis.
For 8 years I have been working as with Bereavement Care now The Herriot Hospice a Northallerton based Charity as a volunteer counsellor. For 2 years I have been counselling at an NHS GP practice in Middlesborough receiving many and varied referrals.
I practice privately in Mayfair, London, 2 days a week.
I also practice 3 miles from Northallerton in North Yorkshire 2 days a week.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
When appropriate I use drawing therapy, it often clarify to the client and I where they are and what they are feeling, it helps when the words cannot be found.
Person Centred Therapy
The therapist acts as a facilitator, listening without judgement, acknowledging the client and encouraging and supporting the client to guide the therapeutic process. It helps the client who needs to gain more confidence and a stronger sense of identity. It is helpful with grief, anxiety, stress or depression.
Encourages self awareness and mindfulness that helps the client change the way they think and behave from one set of reactions to another healthier one.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Helps people to be aware of negative behavioural patterns and interpretations so the client develops alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce psychological distress.
The above names a few of the different therapeutic processes used.
The time for each session is normally 1 hour.
The price varies according to location
Monday - Friday and can offer after work hours.
I adapt my counselling according to the personality of the client and what sits comfortably with them. I start by having a consultation to hear the clients concerns and to see if we can find a way to work moving forwards.
Please see below the different types of therapy used.