Whilst talking to family, friends and colleagues can be helpful and supportive, a counsellor can offer a unique opportunity. Attending counselling sessions allows you to dedicate time each week to talk about anything that may be troubling you, causing stress, or anything you want to understand and manage at a deeper level.
As a counsellor I can offer the time and space for you to explore whatever you want to talk about. Speaking to non professionals can be helpful but as humans we tend to offer specific advice, “have you tried...?” Or talk about our own similar experience, “When I went through that...” or sometimes compare and turn it in to a 'competition' “at least you....”
Speaking to family and friends can also be difficult if you feel you have to be careful not to offend, or offer diplomacy that means you don't say how you really think and feel. By talking to a professional counsellor, the focus is on you, and remains on you throughout the session.
I am completely non-judgemental and offer empathy and support to help you to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. I believe people instinctively know what is best for them and through counselling we can work together to identify what you need to manage life's difficulties.
Person Centred counselling is about building a good working relationship between counsellor and client. Through this relationship client's can openly discuss any issues, without fear of judgement. I feel Person Centred counselling is better when the focus is on you, not on using 'psychological techniques' and complicated language. I prefer to talk with clients in a natural, 'down to earth' way. This allows you the opportunity to say exactly what you want to say, and express your feelings to better understand yourself.
I offer confidential sessions where I seek to understand and emphasise with your experience. I believe by offering you the time, space, and support to explore your experience and feelings we can work together to achieve positive change.
I am a registered member of the BACP. I hold a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I have a Psychology Bsc (Hons).
I completed my Psychology degree with the intention of pursuing a helping role working directly with people. I was always more interested and motivated by people rather than profits. Upon graduating from University I decided to join the Civil Service. I started my career supporting staff as an absence and welfare officer. I then moved on to working with service users as a facilitator, working therapeutically with individuals and groups.
Training as a counsellor had always interested me and once my children were through the sleepless nights phase I enrolled at college to gain a Counselling Diploma.
I have worked with a wide range of clients and am confident I can support you with any issue you wish to bring to counselling.
Examples of issues I have worked with include: anxiety, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, ill health, fertility difficulties, relationship break downs, attachment difficulties, childhood and adult sexual assault, redundancy.
I have worked with clients with a range of compulsive behaviours and addictions including hoarding, obssessive cleanliness, substance and alcohol use, gambling, and pornography use.
Costs: I charge £40 for online and telephone sessions and £55 for face to face sessions (available in the Manchester area). All sessions last for 50 minutes. Payment is made via bank transfer no later than the day of your session.
I offer a free telephone or online introduction consultation. This is an opportunity for us to have a chat about what you hope to gain from counselling, and ask any questions you may have about how counselling works.