Welcome to my counselling page; I realise it can be a daunting step starting your search for a therapist and a minefield trying to make sure you pick the right person.
I hold an MA in Counselling and I am a registered member of the BACP working in Manchester. I adhere to the BACP ethical framework and I have comprehensive insurance to practice counselling with private clients. I adopt an integrative approach to therapy, which means I can tailor my approach to best meet the needs of clients.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the key within any counselling approach so it is vital that you feel comfortable with the therapist you chose. I offer an initial 30 minute consultation free of charge so we can decide if we are able to collaboratively work together.
In addition to my private practice, I am employed as a Trauma Focused Therapist for Survivors Manchester; an organisation that supports boys and men who have been affected by sexual abuse and rape (www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk). I also work as a Project Manager for a large Integrated Drug & Alcohol Service for a leading charity.
Trauma Focused Work
I specialise in working with individuals who have been affected by trauma; particularly those who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or rape. I work with both men and women and recognise that everyone’s experience is unique. I have worked at Rape Crisis as well as currently working at Survivors Manchester.
I work with clients to support them in gaining an insight into their traumatic experiences and to develop an understanding of how the legacy of abuse impacts on their ability to function in relationships and how they view their self-identity.
Substance & Alcohol Misuse
I have a number of years experience of working within drug and alcohol services, supporting clients to gain control over their addiction or dependency and to be able to effectively live their lives.
I understand that there are many complex reasons that drive people to use drugs or alcohol problematically and often this can build up over time, having an impact both on the individual and those around them. I work with individuals to support them to gain an insight in their behaviours and to empower them to work towards their goals; be this total abstinence or a reduction in consumption.
Family & Carers
Both my work in trauma and substance misuse has given me a unique understanding in to the impact these issues have on family and friends. I am able to support individuals to understand their family member or friend’s behaviour and come to terms with the impact this has had on their relationships.
What to Expect
I currently work from my office at home which is in a quiet residential street with on street parking, easily accessible on main bus routes from Manchester City Centre. Sessions are charged at £50 and last for 50 minutes and we will generally meet on a weekly basis. I do offer both short and long term work and ensure that we regularly review the work we undertake to ensure we are moving towards mutually agreed goals.