After being a Samaritans volunteer for many years, I reached the point where I wanted to support people in a different, more directive way. As a qualified integrative Counsellor, I enjoy having the opportunity to build a therapeutic relationship, where we have the time to take a look at what is going on for you and work together on what has brought you to Counselling.
Being “integrative” simply means that I am trained and qualified in different types of Counselling namely Person Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic. This knowledge gives me the flexibility to tailor my support to meet your individual needs.
What to expect from our sessions
Counselling is a process and it is not about me giving advice, passing judgement or claiming that I know what is best for you, but it is about me offering you a safe, confidential and supportive environment where you can explore and discover for yourself. I am passionate and have belief in what I do and my aim is that during our sessions, you will start to make sense of your thoughts and feelings, to develop strategies where they are needed, enabling you to move forward and find yourself in a different, more positive place to where you are right now.
I have experience of supporting clients with a range of issues from suicidal thoughts to anxiety and depression, bereavement to low self-esteem. The full list of issues that I work with is detailed below.
When you contact me, I will give you the option of a 30 minute introductory session at a reduced rate. This time will give us the opportunity to meet each other, and for you to ask any questions that you may have.
If you decide to proceed, I can offer you daytime or evening sessions from my therapy room in Telford or alternatively, I have use of premises in Shrewsbury if that is more convenient. Both locations offer ample free parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 5
- Cruse - Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
- Samaritans - Listening Volunteer offering support via face-to-face sessions, telephone, e-mail and SMS.
- Supporting 16-25 years olds within a supported housing unit.
I am trained to deliver the 'IARTT - Rewind Technique' to treat PTSD and Trauma. This is a technique that has been used with veterans and emergency services personnel. You can learn more about it by going to www.iartt.com
I am a registered provider for the 'Mates in Mind' charity, whose aim is to destigmatise mental health across the Construction industry by getting employees talking about it. I have worked within the industry myself for the past 24 years so I know how tough it can be to talk about how you are feeling in such a 'Macho' environment. www.matesinmind.org
I am an accredited provider for 'The Foundation for Infant Loss' supporting Mums and/or their partners who have miscarried, had a stillbirth or a neonatal loss. www.foundationforinfantloss.co.uk
Areas of counselling I deal with:-
- Infant Loss - Stillbirth and Neonatal
- Low Self-confidence
- Low Self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy & Birth
- Relationship Problems
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40.00 per 50 minute face-to-face session
£20.00 per 30 minute introductory session
£35.00 per 50 minute telephone session
Reduced Fee for Trainee Counsellors
£35.00 per 50 minute face-to-face session
Concessionary Fees for 'Mates in Mind'
Free introductory session
£30.00 per 50 minute face-to-face session up to 8 No
'Mates in Mind' Unique No. is required to qualify.
As a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I work to their Ethical Framework which guides me to work in a safe and ethical manner. I attend regular Supervision to ensure that I am practising effectively in order to offer my clients the best service.
As part of my own ongoing personal development I attend various different workshops and events throughout the year to keep my skills up-to-date.
I have a current Enhanced DBS Certificate to work with Adults.
I am registered with the ICO and work to their practices to keep your personal data safe.
I practice under my own Professional Civil Liability Insurance.
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