I am an Accredited Registered Psychotherapist,
Qualified Counselling Supervisor
Senior lecturer in Counselling Studies
I have 14 years experience and over 13,000 hours supervised clinical practice working with teens, adults, couples & families.
I am a general Member of COSRT - The College of Sexual and Relationship therapy & currently
I am an accredited member of BACP – British association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.I run a private practice from my home in Bebington on the Wirral. I do provide home visits which carries an additional cost.
My experience includes,
4 years experience Primary Care Counsellor within the NHS
7 years experience working with Employer Assisted programmes including critical incident response work.
10 years experience in Family support and Outreach services.
13 years experience as a Lecturer in Counselling studies
19 years experience in education and training around mental health and wellbeing
I have spent much of my career working in the supporting field, in a range of different roles. I have a passion about the well being of people. My model is broadly humanistic and integrative. I also practise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy & Psychosexual therapies. I believe that the therapeutic alliance and developing a trusting relationship with a counsellor is key to helping any person to grow and make positive changes for themselves. Over the years, providing therapy to individuals, couples & families, I have developed a compassionate interest in relationship and intimacy issues and have undergone further training in this field. .
I believe that education is a factor in all of our wellbeing & personal development and that learning about yourself, and the human condition in general terms can be empowering to both individuals and couples, and can help them to meet their fullest potential. Historically I worked in Family support, where I led parenting programs for struggling families with young children, then later in my career I returned to the family support arena as a therapist, this time I began working with the self esteem and confidence issues that interfered with parenting ability. The focus was around an assumption that happier parents make for happier children and families. I found this work very rewarding.
Alongside this, I was a Lead Trainer for West Wirral Step 2 mental health for the NHS . I devised and delivered a range of psycho-educational programs for adults with mental health issues. The focus was to improve access to psychological services across the Wirral. I was able to support patients with coping strategies & emotional support whilst they were on waiting lists for NHS therapy. I worked with issues such as low self esteem, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders etc.
Currently I am a Senior lecturer at a Further Educational College where I teach on a range of different Counselling and CBT programmes up to qualification Level 5. It feels good to educate & support others who, like me, have a passion for helping others.
Please feel free to call me to discuss your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Grad Certificate Psychosexual Therapy – UCLan
Basic Sexual & Relationship Therapy
Relationship Models & interventions
Diversity of Psychosexual needs
Post Grad Certificate in Counselling studies – University of Chester
Counsellor as a theorist
Therapeutic Group Work
Counselling Supervision Theory
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training – Manchester Metropolitan University
Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (Level 5) (CPCAB)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4) (CPCAB)
Diploma in Psychosexual skills & Theory - Open College ( Distinction)
Certificate in Counselling Studies (Level 3) (CPCAB)
Certificate in Counselling skills (Level 2) (CPCAB)
Level 5 Award in Management - Institute of Leadership & Management
Level 3 Certificate of Professional Development in Work with children & young people - Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education
International Association of Infant Massage – Certified Infant Massage Instructor.
Certificate in Hypnotherapy skills & Theory