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About me and my therapy practice
I decided to train as a counsellor after my own life events had led me to seek personal counselling which made a huge difference to my life.
Being a counsellor is the best thing I have ever done. My life experiences help me to understand what it’s like when you're going through a tough time. Clients tell me that they feel extremely safe and comfortable being open with me.
I have experience in helping clients to work through anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship problems, work issues and many other areas.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working to their ethical framework. My counselling room is based in West Lancashire, close to Skelmersdale and Ormskirk.
How counselling can help.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope with life, it can be hard to talk to family members or friends about how you are feeling. They might want to give you advice or try to fix things for you. Maybe you feel bad for sharing your problems with them. It can be hard to be totally open with people that you are close to if you feel that your words could have a negative impact on them, or you fear they will judge you. Maybe there is nobody that you trust enough to share your worries with.
Talking through your feelings and thoughts, with a counsellor who listens without judgement, can have a positive impact on your life. It can help you to learn how to make better decisions and develop improved ways of coping. Counselling can help with many issues. It can be used to explore both past and current difficulties.
I am a qualified Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. This means that I use both approaches in my work and can adapt sessions to suit your need. As our sessions progress I will ask for your feedback, so that we can work out which approach is right for you.
Due to the restrictions around COVID-19, I am currently offering appointments online or over the telephone. Online counselling is through Zoom.
What happens during counselling?
During counselling you are given the space to talk and to be heard. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and emotions that may be troubling you. I will respect you and hear you without judgement in a safe, relaxed, confidential environment.I strive to build a working relationship which is based on trust and respect.
I will support you to work through the emotions and thoughts that occur whilst making sense of your problems. While this is happening, I will also help you to develop the confidence to make your own decisions, bring about change and start to live the life that you want.
I understand that it can be daunting to talk about yourself to a stranger and that is why it is important that you find a counsellor that you are comfortable with. I offer a no-obligation telephone consultation so that you have the chance to talk to me and decide whether I am the right counsellor for you.
My first session
You might feel nervous before coming to your first session. I hope that reading this section might help you to know what to expect and feel a little bit more confident about starting counselling.
In our first session I will tell you a little bit of information about me and discuss with you how our sessions together will work.
We will talk about confidentiality and how I keep your information secure. I will answer any questions or concerns that you have and check that you understand and are comfortable with my responses.
I will explain to you in more detail, the way that I work and you will have a choice over whether you would like to start working with me.
I have a written contract which, (if you decide that you are happy to work with me), we will sign. The contract does not commit you to working with me for a set period of time. It is simply an agreement of the boundaries around our work together.
I will probably ask you to fill out a couple of quick assessments, which will take just a couple of minutes, and these will help me to understand a little bit more about your thoughts, feelings and difficulties.
I will ask you to tell me what it is that brings you to counselling. There is no right or wrong way to do this. You can tell me as much or as little as feels comfortable for you. You might be unsure what to say or how to explain what is happening for you. Or you might be so desperate to talk to somebody that everything comes spilling out. Either way I will listen to you without judgement and will treat you with respect. While I am listening I will check to make sure that I fully understand what you are saying.
I hope that reading this has answered some of the questions that you might have around counselling. If you want any more details give me a call or drop me an email.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Humanistic, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited