Experience and qualifications
I began my counselling training in 1990 (person centred) and after qualifying as a Relate couples counsellor in 1997, a young people's counsellor in 2000 and then gaining a Diploma in psychosexual therapy in 2001, I worked for many years with couples, individuals, children, young people and families in a variety of settings such as schools, NHS and Relate Centres/outposts. I have had lots of additional training since qualifying in bereavement, anxiety, relational trauma and domestic abuse.
Since then I have worked in private practice, in schools (primary, secondary and sixth form) and at the University of Huddersfield where I worked with students with dyslexic tendencies.
I took a break to fulfil a personal dream of gaining an English/Creative Writing degree and returned to counselling full time in 2014, working for Relate and establishing a private practice in the Huddersfield area and qualifying as a Clinical Supervisor in 2015.
How I work
My approach to counselling is integrative, which is reflected in a deeply held view that therapy is at its most effective when it respects and matches our individual needs.
I'm currently undergoing (experiential) training in Hakomi psychotherapy which is a mindfulness-based therapy of assisted self-discovery. This method of working offers a non-violent, compassionate approach to change. I have now completed Level Two training with Hakomi Lancaster and look forward to building on this with further training in the coming year.
I'm a member of The National Counselling Society which means that I am on an Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. As a Registrant of the NCS (The National Counselling Society), I am bound by their Code of Ethics. If you'd like to know more about the benefits of an Accredited Register, have a look at this video.
The Next Step
An initial assessment session costs £40
Subsequent sessions are £50 for couples counselling or psychosexual therapy and £45 for individual counselling.
At the initial 60 minute meeting we will discuss what brings you to counselling and what you would like to achieve. I'll need to find out a bit more about you and your problem and it's an opportunity for you to ask any questions about me and my counselling approach.
I will then put together a bespoke counselling package based on your individual requirements and to suit your schedule. If it’s appropriate and you find it helpful, I will sometimes suggest small tasks or offer readings, for you to complete between sessions.
Some people prefer fortnightly sessions to weekly, some prefer a set number of sessions, whilst others a more open-ended approach.
My fee incorporates:
Writing up notes
Ongoing research and development of your bespoke counselling plan
My professional membership of The National Counselling Society
Continuing professional development training
Information handouts for your use
If you'd like to know more, please email me or phone me on 07462 870184 to book an initial assessment.