I am normally available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am and 6pm.
At present, I only see clients for psychological therapy for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Although I am not currently taking on private clients, I am willing to offer a single consultation session to advise on options for therapy. This session is free of charge; however, I ask callers who can afford to do so, to make a donation to their local branch of MIND in proportion to the value they gain from the call.
NB. I have a small number of vacancies for BACP registered supervisees on my available days, subject to mutual agreement on a contract after a free consultation. Fees and method of payment are negotiable depending on the nature of the contract and the circumstances of the supervisee,
About me and my therapy practice
I am an experienced pragmatic humanistic-integrative (PHI) or pluralistic counsellor and groupworker and I am qualified in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (Derby 2010) and EMDR (EMDR Association 2012). My current counselling and psychotherapy practice is shaped by its context in an IAPT complex cases team. I specialise in working with adults and young people to overcome complex trauma and complex bereavement.
I am working exclusively online or by telephone at present, but will shortly be returning to face to face contact with clients who are unable or unwilling to meet remotely. This contact includes the option of meeting in a local park, weather permitting
Although I am not taking new private therapy clients on at present, I am looking for volunteers who would be willing for their session to be videoed as evidence for my EMDR accreditation. In return, a volunteer would be treated without charge, subject to assessment for the suitability of EMDR in their case.
As a (BACP) senior accredited supervisor, I offer online sessions by Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype. A typical contract would be for 2 x 1hour sessions or 1 x 90 minute session per calendar month, with negotiable email or brief telephone consultation in emergencies outside of scheduled sessions.
My aim as a supervisor is to assist my supervisee to develop their full potential as a rounded and competent practitioner of therapeutic counselling, group work, supervision, and allied disciplines; to safeguard and uphold the best interests of their clients; to work collaboratively, creatively and productively with them at all times; to encourage and embody fidelity to the BACP's ethical code and values; and to remain a compassionate human being throughout.
I see my role as supervisor as an individually tailored mix of practitioner education and sharing of experience, problem-solving, encouragement, career mentoring and boundary-keeping. I'm open to dialogue when challenged by supervisees.
My first session
My first session is an encounter between two individuals. Its purpose is to learn about each other, to ask questions and express needs and ideas and from this dialogue, to establish the basis upon which we might work together towards a common goal.
First sessions both for counselling and for supervision are normally free of charge.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Loss, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, EMDR, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited