I believe that therapy is an investment in your future well-being.
Everyone faces challenges in life. That’s natural. However, sometimes aspects of our life can become difficult or distressing to cope with or even overwhelming. The cause can be anything. We all have to deal with unexpected life events – such as bereavement, a relationship breakdown, ill-health or problems at work. Anyone may over time develop a complete lack of confidence or purpose in life. Difficulties may also relate to deeper-rooted issues that we have held and which have affected our lives in the long-term.
It may feel like a weakness to disclose vulnerability, but it actually takes courage to ask for help to deal with the issues that you face.
Talking to friends and family may be difficult, as no matter how supportive or well-intended, they may offer advice based on their own views, experiences of life and expectations of the person you’re ‘supposed’ to be. In therapy, you can be accepted as yourself and express your true thoughts and emotions without judgement and be empowered to make any changes you want.
I see the therapeutic journey as a series of challenges to face and conquer, with essential space and opportunity for reflection. In therapy, you have someone by your side whilst you do this, to help you and support you on your ongoing journey towards self-awareness and fulfilment
I am passionate about therapy being accessible to all. I have worked with a local charitable organisation, Path Counselling in Trafford, and currently work with MIND, a national charitable organisation, at two prisons within the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area and am a registered Counsellor with StopSo, in addition to holding private sessions in Sale and Wilmslow.
There are various approaches to therapy and differing levels of qualification I trained in Person-Centred Approach (PCA) at the University of Salford and am qualified to Level 7, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), hold a Certificate in Transactional Analysis (TA) theory and am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), regularly attending additional training courses. I have also had specialist training to work therapeutically with sex offenders.
Being a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I adhere to their code of ethical practice and undertake regular Supervision to ensure I am working in the best way possible with you. I am covered by Enhanced DBS clearance at various establishments where I practice and hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.
The person-centred approach is non-directive. I won’t offer advice or tell you what to do. I will offer you time just for you, in a safe and confidential space, where you have the opportunity to think and talk about yourself and your concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family, friends or colleagues.
I will accept you, not judge you. I will listen empathically to what matters to you and what you wish to change. I will offer the right amount of challenge to help you gain insight. You will find that by my acting as a mirror to reflect yourself back, you are able to gain greater clarity in your thoughts and feelings. Together we will work towards improving your well-being, in a manner and pace to suit you, and empower you to make the changes you want in your life.
Many people find it difficult to express themselves. I believe in working creatively to find the best way to help you do so. We may incorporate other forms of expression, such as art, writing or music, or aspects of other therapeutic approaches during some sessions. This will only be if appropriate, and I will always seek your consent and collaboration in discovering what works best for you.
Who I work with
I work with adults on an individual one-to-one basis.
I don’t like to label or categorise ‘issues’. Everyone experiences them in their unique way. But for ease of reference, I regularly work with people experiencing concerns with:
Loss – bereavement, divorce, retirement and redundancy
Domestic Violence – male and female
Childhood Abuse – sexual, physical and emotional
Low self-worth/low self-esteem
Loss of focus/purpose
Alcohol and substance abuse
My specialist training in working therapeutically with sex offenders means that I also work with individuals, partners and families of sex offenders. I also have extensive experience of working with criminal offenders in prison establishments and am able to continue that work upon release back into the community.
That is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should give you an idea of the range of issues where I can help
After personally experiencing the powerful effects of counselling to challenge and change deep rooted issues from childhood that were affecting my life, it was a natural progression in my career to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
Having experienced being in ‘the other chair’, I hope that together we can bring the positive benefits of therapy into your life too. I love what I do and am committed to sharing your journey and helping you to become the person that you want to be.
All sessions last for 50 minutes on a weekly basis. There are no constraints on the number of sessions you have. Some need only a few sessions and others continue with sessions for many months. We will review our work together every six weeks and it depends on when you feel you have achieved what you want from therapy that we agree and plan an appropriate ending.
The initial session is charged at £40.00 and all other sessions at £60.00.