I am a professional, qualified counsellor/psychotherapist with over 10 years’ full time experience. But first and foremost I am a human being with a variety of life experience, as are we all! My life and work have brought me into contact with a broad range of people, lifestyles and outlooks. I have tried to match the tone and content of this website with how I am as a person – I am kind, warm and respectful, but sometimes I also just say it like it is as sometimes saying the difficult things is what’s required to get unstuck!
My personal philosophy is that we are all complex individuals with our own needs, but sometimes these needs get distorted as we try to fit in and be accepted by others, or we simply become lost in the “busyness” of our lives. Sometimes we experience trauma or losses that are too much to cope with alone, but I believe given the right conditions we have the potential not only to survive these but to learn and flourish as human beings. My own counselling journey helped me to address a number of issues and inspired me to become a counsellor (it would not be an understatement to say that counselling changed my life irrevocably for the better).
I am a Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means I work to high ethical standards and have met the stringent criteria required to be on a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I carry professional indemnity and public liability insurance. I receive regular supervision so you can rest assured that I am a qualified professional and ethical practitioner. I also undertake regular personal therapy and other self development work to ensure the quality of my self awareness and reflective skills.
My counselling qualifications:
CENTRA Introduction to Counselling (Tameside College)
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (University of Salford)
MSc (with distinction) Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Salford, BACP Accredited Course)
Certificate in Supervision (Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy)
I completed a Master’s dissertation on a case study of counselling for anxiety, and this is currently a research and publication interest of mine.
I am a member of the Association for the Development of the Person Centred Approach (ADPCA), The British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA), and the World Association For Person Centred and Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy (WAPCEPC) and also ACTO (The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
If you have any questions about me or my counselling services that are not answered here, feel free to contact me.