Coming to therapy, especially for the first time, can be a daunting experience. You may not know what to expect or how you are going to be received. Well, that’s how I feel writing this section about me!
I am an individual – and so are you.
I do of course have extensive training and experience in therapy, and the theoretical knowledge and professional qualifications to back that up – that’s what you’d expect from me, isn’t it?
But I don’t have the knowledge and experiences that make you the person you are now, what problems exist within your relationship or know in advance what it is that you want to change – only you possess that expertise. That is where we would spend our time closely together, in an alliance, to work through what’s troubling you and to help you become the person you want to be – and are capable of being – or working on helping you achieve the relationship you want and deserve.
For your therapy to work, a trusting and genuine relationship between us is essential. So as our sessions will focus on you, it feels only right that I first tell you a little about myself and how I work. I hope that this will help you to decide whether I am the right therapist for you.
A little background
After an initial degree in Sociology, my working life has been predominantly ‘people focused’ – in recruitment, training, management and psychometric profiling.
After personally experiencing the powerful effects of counselling to challenge and change deep rooted issues from childhood that were affecting my life, it was a natural progression in my career to train as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
I see the therapeutic journey as a series of challenges to face and conquer, with essential space and opportunity for reflection. In therapy, you have someone by your side whilst you do this, to help you and support you on your ongoing journey towards self-awareness and fulfilment on both an individual level and within relationships.
Outside of work I love animals and the outdoors, and can often be found climbing hills and mountains at the weekends. Nature has great healing properties. My choice of logo is influenced by my love of the outdoors and my approach to therapy!
The nitty gritty –
There are various approaches to therapy and differing levels of qualification.
I trained in Person-Centred Approach (PCA) at the University of Salford and am qualified to Level 7, holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Focus Oriented Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, CAMS – Clinical Assessment and Management of Suicidality and Couples Counselling and am committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), regularly attending additional courses covering a wide range of issues and approaches.
Being a registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), I adhere to their code of ethical practice and undertake regular Supervision to ensure I am working in the best way possible with you, hold Professional Indemnity Insurance, am registered with the ICO and comply with General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR Policy)
I am passionate about therapy being accessible to all. I have worked with a local charitable organisation, Path Counselling in Trafford and MIND, a national charitable organisation and at two prisons within the Greater Manchester/Cheshire area. I offer counselling on behalf of EAPs to those receiving support from their workplace, Mental Health Assessments for HMPPS and private therapy sessions at my practice in Sale for individuals and couples.