I am a fully qualified, (BSc (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MNCS Accred, MBACP) professionally registered Psychotherapist and counsellor. I trained at The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy, which is regarded as one of the best training organisations for psychotherapy and counselling in the UK. I am registered as a data controller with the ICO and I am insured and enhanced DBS checked.
I am a Humanistic Integrative therapist, which means my "eclectic" style of therapy is adaptable to the individual. The integrative approach views the client as a whole and considers many different therapy styles and approaches to find what works for the individual, and appeals most to their personality and attachment style. I use many techniques but specialise in Transactional Analysis. I see my clients as people, not jargon and I don't believe in putting a time limit on the therapeutic process. Everyone is different and has different needs.
I am very experienced and currently work as a Senior Counsellor at The Sanctuary in Shildon, (www.sanctuary-shildon.org) as well as my own private practice in Bishop Auckland, County Durham. My offices are comfortable, private, spacious, and COVID secure.
With a background in Psychology and a combined experience of over 8 years, along with my own personal lived experience in a number of areas, I can help with a range of presenting issues. I specialise in, but not limited to working with the following:
Bereavement and loss
Confidence and self-esteem
I offer both weekly and fortnightly face to face therapy sessions. I also offer online counselling sessions via Zoom - Get in touch to find out more.
My Qualifications and Experience
Accredited Member of National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred)
Regsitered member of BACP (MBACP)
Enhanced DBS check
Teesside University - BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling (BPS accredited)
Northern Guild for Psychotherapy - Diploma and training course with integrated personal therapy, placement hours and supervision (BACP and UKCP accredited)
Psychological Wellbeing Assistant - 3 years
In House Counsellor at NHS GP practice - 2 years
Senior Psychotherapist and Counsellor at The Sanctuary, Shildon - (2 years)
Cruse Bereavement Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
Samaritans listening/suicide prevention training - Volunteer for 6 months
A4CT Race, culture and anti-discrimination core competence training
I also consider myself to be a specialist in Neurodiversity, with personal lived experience of Tourettes Syndrome, and have been an activist and studied this area for a number of years. I consider my practice to be Neurodivergent affirmative.
Initial assessment fee £15
Session fee thereafter £30
I strongly believe in affordable therapy for all, which is why my prices reflect lower than those of the average private practitioner. I also offer a limited number of concessionary sessions to those in receipt of state benefits and on low incomes. These are subject to availability and require documentary evidence - please get in touch for more details.
I also offer a FREE initial telephone consultation as I believe in giving you the chance to find the therapy that works best for you.
Where to find me
Does Therapy actually work?
While counselling and psychotherapy are generally regarded as beneficial, please be aware this may not be so in every case. The therapeutic relationship is based on trust and mutual respect, guided by the client's developmental process. The main purpose of the therapeutic setting is to create a space in which to facilitate this development. Therapy may not necessarily be the best option for every presenting issue or life situation.