I’ve worked as a counsellor and supervisor for 21 years and am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Since 1998 I have been offering respectful and confidential counselling to people who want to work on difficult issues in their lives with support.
I describe myself as a humanistic, integrative and creative therapist and I work from a Person-centred core, which is sometimes called a Rogerian or Humanistic approach. This means I will not try to offer advice, find answers for you, or judge you, but I will listen and support you in finding your own answers and solutions. After all – you are the expert on what’s right for you!
I also integrate other approaches – such as Mindfulness, Compassion Focussed Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Mindful Self Compassion if we feel they may be useful.
I’ve been lucky enough to gather a range of experience over the years – I’ve worked for Women’s Aid with survivors of domestic abuse; at the Roby Counselling Service with a diverse range of clients including asylum-seekers and refugees; at St Ann’s Hospice with people who are grieving the loss of someone, at Manchester Mind and at the University of Salford in the arena of staff wellbeing. I also have a well established private practice and enjoy meeting and working with all kinds of people, bringing all kinds of issues. I’m also a Mindfulness Trainer, and have been delivering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses since 2011 with Mind in Salford.
At certain times in your life you may want to come for counselling for a variety of reasons, for example counselling may help you if you are:
- feeling very sad or unhappy
- having relationship or identity difficulties
- feeling low or anxious
- suffering from low self-esteem
- feeling the loss of someone close
- struggling to make an important decision
- feeling unable to cope with life
- feeling unable to make decisions
- questioning your identity
Our sessions will be confidential – and my limits to confidentiality are:
- If I feel you or anyone else is at risk, I may need to break confidentiality.
This is a requirement of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (you can read this by following this link): http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/new_ef.php
- I have regular counselling supervision – this is to ensure good practice.
- I keep notes of sessions for my own reference – these are kept in a safe place.
Here’s a short video of Carl Rogers talking about counselling: