are you thinking about seeking some extra support during a difficult time? thinking about counselling, maybe?
There are many reasons for thinking about counselling: perhaps you’re experiencing difficulties in your relationships or maybe you are handling far too much stress or anxiety. Or maybe you can’t shake off a persistent low mood… perhaps you feel a sense of being weighed down with negative feelings.
Whatever the reason, I know that when we’re feeling tangled up, anxious and over-whelmed, talking with a qualified, experienced counsellor can help make sense of confusing thoughts and feelings because essentially counselling is about being carefully listened to. Being well listened to can help you to listen to yourself a little differently and this can bring about helpful changes in how you view the problem you are facing.
I have over 20 years’ varied experience as a counsellor, with a particular interest and expertise in grief therapy and the existential crisis that comes with terminal diagnosis. As a Registered Member of BACP, I'm committed to providing a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment for you to explore the issues which might be troublesome for you. This can be on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, but the aim of the therapy is always to enable you to enhance your life, to live it more fully and to face the future with courage.
As both a supervisor and as a counsellor I work from an integrative, encouragement focused approach, where encouragement and hope are central elements.
What is an integrative approach and how can it help?
There are many different models of counselling and while my core training (1996 - 2000) was in Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling, which is built on the philosophical work of Alfred Adler, I have inevitably come across many other ideas and I’ve actively studied several other therapeutic models, including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, the Person Centred approach, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.
In common with many experienced counsellors, I incorporate ideas from these models to help create a reliable, encouraging and confidential therapeutic relationship where you can share your thoughts and feelings without being judged or criticised. Honest, open, attentive face-to-face dialogue can provide the foundation for increased understanding and insight.
Where do sessions take place?
I work in a quiet village near Carlisle in North Cumbria, but right now, due to the pandemic, all sessions are either online or by telephone, meaning that you don't have to travel to Carlisle: distance is no object! Please email me here to for more information.
My fee for both supervision and counselling is £50 an hour and is payable by bank transfer.
Discounted rates are available.
I offer an initial free half hour session so we can get to know each other and ensure counselling is right for you at this time, or that we will be able to work together in supervision. For more information, please email me here.
Anything you tell me in your counselling sessions will remain strictly confidential. We will discuss this in your first session.
I am a qualified supervisor with more than 12 years' experience of supervision. I offer supervision to trainee counsellors, counsellors who are just starting out as well as experienced practitioners. If you looking for a supervisor, please visit the Supervision page or email directly here.
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What to do if you're not ok and you need to talk to someone right now
Please - phone the Samaritans on 116 123 - there is always someone there to talk to.
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Counselling is about making change possible. It can help with anxiety, stress, panic, attacks, bereavement, relationship difficulties, depression...
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