I offer counselling and psychotherapy...Counselling offers a place for the individual to openly explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment. This can be through chatting, playing, painting, drawing... whatever helps the client to feel comfortable in opening up.
Having studied and qualified in both Counselling and Psychotherapy, I have a wide-range of skills to offer clients, no matter what their age or issue. I am university trained and qualified at Masters-level to facilitate a number of therapeutic models. My preferred method of approach to combine talking and creative therapies, as some people like to talk, whilst others enjoy spending their time using creative resources.
I hear, time-and-time again, the importance of clients seeing someone outside of their family or circle of friends. Having someone to talk to who is impartial, can be really beneficial for the client, as it can be easier to disclose things to a stranger who is a trained professional, because the fear of judgement and/or fear of upsetting the other person often isn't there.
I offer one-to-one counselling sessions...Sessions usually consist of fifty-minute appointments. As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I encourage the client to use the time as they wish. The time could be used by talking, playing, drawing, painting or listening to music. In giving the client autonomy and choice to use the session as they wish, trust and rapport can start to form, which is essential for anyone to work through their struggles. I wouldn’t expect anyone to openly discuss their issues if they didn’t feel comfortable and safe doing so. I know I wouldn’t!
Sessions usually last fifty minutes. You can attend counselling for as long as you want to. If you want to attend counselling regularly on a weekly basis, I review the work every four-six weeks, to ensure I am offering the client the best service.
Parents/guardians can participate in sessions, but only if the client is happy with this. I offer parent-child counselling sessions too. Sometimes parents attend the session with this child as an act of support or to work through difficulties in their relationships.
My ApproachThe Person-Centred Approach
My way of working is based on the teachings of the Person-Centred Approach. For me, it's the approach that offers the client the best service. It doesn't dictate to the client what they "should" or "shouldn't" be doing. Instead, the approach offers a space to talk openly and honestly and to be listened to. It respects the client pace and ability, and encourages them to reach their goals and flourish through times of adversity.
I am trained to offer creative therapies, including therapeutic art, therapeutic play and Narrative Therapy. Using creative resources within counselling can be really powerful and uncover thoughts and feelings which were hiding under the surface, as well as aiding the client to explore difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences which might be too difficult to verbalise. Whilst Narrative Therapy can help the client to explore their thoughts and feelings from a safe distance; either by using their imagination, actual experiences or both!
Offering a confidential service is essential to form any sort of rapport and trust with the client. For this reason, I offer a confidential service. Obviously, if confidentiality needed to be broken to ensure the safety of the client, this would be done with sensitivity and with the clients knowledge.
TopicsI have lots of experience working with all sorts of struggles and difficulties, so it's difficult to name each and every issue that I've worked therapeutically with, but here's a list to give you some ideas of what I work with:
Past & PresentI have practiced as a qualified Counsellor since 2008, working with lots of different clients, of differing ages and issues, but my specialty is working with children and young people.
Over the years, my work with this age group has stemmed across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside, counselling service users for a range of local and national counselling organisations, alongside managing three counselling services too. I have worked for generic counselling services and specialised counselling services, which have counselled specific client groups or a particular issue. These have included services targeting bereavement, eating disorders, learning difficulties, self harm, substance misuse, vulnerable children and young people, and adults carers.
My skills and experience working within the school environment are in offering one-to-one and group counselling to children and young people, as well as offering parents and teachers one-to-one support and counselling.
I work solely as a freelance Counsellor offering my services across Lancashire. As well as seeing clients within my private practice, I currently offer my services to three local organisations and in four schools, as well as facilitating adult group therapy with my colleague, Chris. Click here to find out more about Chris!
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Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Counselling (Awarded a First!)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychology (Hons) Degree
Therapeutically with Children and Adolescents (Msc Level)
Advanced Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (MSc Level)
Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level Three)
Counselling Theory (Level Two)
Narrative Therapy (Level One)
NVQ2 Young Peoples Work
Training Workshops & Certificates
Common Assessment Framework Level One
Child Protection Level One and Level Two
Self-Harm in Children & Young People
Therapeutic Group work
Working with Parents
MembershipI am a Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work inline with the BACP's Ethical Framework. This is a guideline to ensure good practice in Counsellor's and Psychotherapists. For me, it identifies the values which are essential to enable a client to develop, for example treating the client with respect and care. It goes without saying!
If you fancy having a look at the BACP's Ethical Framework, just visit here.