I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy ( BACP)
I have been a Person Centred Counsellor & Supervisor for 17 and 12 years respectively, having previously worked in the public sector. I decided I was more interested in people rather than ‘things’! I have my own private practice.
I have both private clients and work for several national counselling agencies (EAPs) who contract with companies and refer employees to me with a wide variety of presenting issues. I work with individuals both long term and short term and also with Couples.
I believe strongly that the Person Centred model, built firmly on the personal relationship, in which I offer the Core Conditions of Empathy, Unconditional Acceptance and Transparency enables a person to access their feelings, find their own solutions and develop their potential. I do not diagnose or label a person with a particular issue and then ' treat' them accordingly. I prefer to see them as a unique individual with their own needs and trusting in their own process. It is essentially non directive as I trust the person’s ability to know what is best for themselves. I will use some cognitive based strategies as part of therapy when appropriate but always in negotiation with the client.
Cert Somatic Trauma Therapy – Babette Rothschild-(96 hours) 2009/10
Diploma Counselling Supervision 2005
Cert in Counselling Supervision 2001
Diploma Person Centred Counselling 1996-1998
A number of training workshops attended recently inc.
Disassociation and Trauma
Attachment and Trauma
Working with Couples (2)
Developing Person Centred Therapy
Anger and Shame
Reflective Awareness & Mindfulness in Relationship
Private Practice 2005 -Present
Univ Central Lancs – student Counsellor1999-2005
Medical Centre Leigh (Priory Hospital contract with NHS) 2008-2009
GP’s practice Blackpool 1997/98
I taught on both Introd and Level 2 Counselling Courses.
I have also run several workshops inc "Gender in Counselling" and "Somatic Trauma Therapy".
I supervise both qualified and trainee counsellors.
Abuse (Physical, Emotional, Sexual)
Low self Esteem
Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Stress (inc Work Related)
In recent years I have been especially interested in Trauma and using a more holistic approach by integrating mind/body in the therapeutic process. I also enjoy in particular working with couples.
I offer a FREE half an hourinitial session so we can meet each other and discuss your needs.
I work from my home in Preston, Lancsand I hire a room in Lytham, Lancs.