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 an accredited 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 telephone consultation to discuss your needs and if you are comfortable, we can book an appointment to start our work together.
I have extensive experience of supporting people with a wide range of mental health difficulties. I have over 10 years experience of working in the drug and alcohol sector. I have a sound working knowledge of supporting individuals who have a history of complex trauma, particularly those who have experienced abuse. I have worked at Survivors Manchester and volunteered at Manchester Rape Crisis as well as running a busy Counselling and Psychotherapy service in a local Women’s Centre. I run a busy private practice and have worked with couples and individuals to address numerous issues.
Trauma Informed 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 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.
EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)
I am a qualified EMDR practitioner; EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is used for the treatment of psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, addictions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. EMDR is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as one of two treatments for PTSD. EMDR focuses on any negative experiences, which may be hindering an individual’s current life and reprocesses them to allow people to have a more positive and fulfilled life.
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.
I hold a certificate in Couples Counselling and am able to support couples to manage and work through any relationship issues they are experiencing. I can support you to develop positive communication strategies to address changes in your relationship and will work collaboratively with you to help you find a constructive way forward.
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 for individuals and £60 for couples. Sessions 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. I am able to provide invoices for those who have private medical insurance and I also take referrals from Employment Assistance Programmes.