I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist in Formby, Liverpool, covering Crosby, Southport, Maghull, Ormskirk, Ainsdale, Birkdale and surrounding areas in a private and peaceful purpose-built garden room (see pictures). Counselling, for me, was a lifeline, and it helped get me through a difficult time in my life, so I understand how it feels to be struggling. I am originally from Glasgow, and I trained as a counsellor because I know from first-hand experience that counselling really does work, and how it can make a massive difference in your life.
Fees and Availability
An initial telephone consultation, if you'd like one, is free. Counselling sessions are £35 for individuals and £45 for couples for one hour. An initial 30-minute session face-to-face, at £15, is also available. Appointments are available Monday to Saturday, 9am till 6pm.
I can usually offer an appointment within a couple of days of a request - I will always try to accommodate you and fit in with times and days that suit you. I have no waiting list as I try to be very flexible. If you would like an urgent appointment, I can often offer that the same day or day after you get in touch.
Skype is also available, six days and evenings a week. Please see below for further details of fees and services.
For me, counselling cleared the fog that was making me feel 'stuck', and I now have a greater awareness and acceptance of who I really am. I know how it feels to experience the sense of isolation that worries and concerns can bring.
The relief of sharing feelings and being understood and accepted can be life-changing.
I offer a talking therapy which can help to explore feelings and memories that may be preventing you from living life the way you'd like to live it. Anxiety, for example, is likely to have a root cause or causes, and by processing feelings that may be supressed, the symptoms of anxiety can lessen. I also offer CBT if that is helpful for you.
I offer a confidential counselling service for anyone, including young adults over the age of 10. I also offer Skype counselling, home visits for £45 within a three-mile radius, and group and family counselling for £50 (three people and over). If you'd like, I offer a free telephone consultation before booking your first session - just email or text and we can arrange a time to chat.
Counselling is not in my own home - the therapy room is in a purpose-built garden room which offers peace and complete confidentiality. I am located very close to Formby train station, so it is easy to travel to from other areas. I also offer a worldwide confidential counselling via Skype - you can be anywhere in the world.
My Experience - and Your Issues
I have specialist experience in anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bereavement, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, couples counselling, hormone issues, including the menopause, fertility issues, including preparing for IVF, addiction, miscarriage, postnatal issues, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, recovering from illness, medical trauma and self-esteem. However, I have experience in most concerns, and I will help with almost all other issues, such as family issues, anger, phobias, alcohol and drug issues, OCD, phobias and fear.
I also have experience working with young people preparing for exams, struggling with issues at school or making career decisions.
I have also worked within a bereavement service, within a prison and for a service offering general counselling to all.
For me, counselling is about offering a safe, non-judgemental and accepting environment where you can work through your concerns. Feeling safe during counselling is the key, and all the services I offer are completely confidential - this allows you to really explore your fears, concerns and issues.
I have extensive experience working with:
- family issues
- generalised anxiety disorder
- relationship concerns
- couples counselling
- post-natal depression
- family issues
- postnatal depression
- medical anxiety
- abusive relationships
- infertilityI offer support for a further whole range of issues - divorce, substance or alcohol dependency, eating disorders, anxiety resulting from medical concerns, anger and trauma. This is not an exhaustive list - there are many other issues which may bring you to counselling, and I will endeavour to support you, whatever your worry or concern. I trained as a person-centred counsellor, which is a talking therapy, however I also provide CBT and integrative counselling.More Info
I am available seven days and evenings a week for Skype counselling, subject to available appointments, and Monday to Saturday daytime and evenings for face-to-face counselling.My fees are £35 for a one-hour face-to-face counselling session, £15 for an initial 30-minute face-to-face assessment and £35 for a one-hour Skype counselling session. Couples counselling is £45 for a one-hour session and family and group therapy (for three or more people) is £50.
A concession rate of £30 per hour for face-to-face counselling and £30 per hour on Skype is available for counsellors in training.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered, Accredited member of the BACP and have worked for long periods in a bereavement counselling service in Liverpool, within a prison environment, and for a counselling charity, as well as within my private practice and on Skype with clients worldwide.
I have a PGDip (post-graduate diploma) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Liverpool John Moores University and Accreditation from the BACP.
I have further training in trauma work, bereavement counselling, CBT and I have completed Merseycare's training package.
PGDip Counselling and Psychotherapy (Liverpool John Moores University)
Level 1 Counselling Skills (Guildford College)
Level 2 Counselling Skills (Guildford College)
Level 3 Counselling Skills (Guildford College)
Loss and Bereavement Training Course (Liverpool Bereavement Service)
Dreams Interpretation (Compass)
Self-Harm Care (Liverpool John Moores University)
CBT Skills (Liverpool John Moores University)
Safer Trauma Therapy Training with Babette Rothschild
Cruse Bereavement Training (Surrey)
Merseycare Training Package (HMP Liverpool)
My fees are £15 for an initial 30-minute assessment, and £35 for subsequent one-hour appointments for one-to-one counselling. Home visits within a five-mile radius are £45.
Couples counselling is £45 for a one-hour session. Family and group therapy is £50. A free telephone consultation before the first session is available, if you wish.
Counselling by Skype or online is £15 for an initial 30-minute assessment and £35 for a one-hour session. Concessions are available for counsellors-in-training.
I work for several EAPs, rates are available on request.
I trained as a counsellor after therapy helped and supported me through a difficult time. Counselling changed the way I life my life, and, having had the experience of being both a client and a counsellor, I passionately believe counselling can make a real difference.
My experience tells me counselling works - it really does, and it can be life-changing. It helps bring a sense of coping back into your life and works towards helping you accept who you are, without relying on the judgment of others. The confidential nature of counselling allows you to express yourself like you probably never have, in a safe and accepting environment. It's very powerful, and can be the answer to many issues.