Firstly, let me introduce myself. I live with my 2 teenage children and in addition to my counselling practice I also work for the NHS. I have volunteered at a local secondary school where I gained my experience counselling young people and adolescents. I have also volunteered at Cumbria Drug and Alcohol where I gained experience working with clients with substance misuse. Additionally, I have volunteered at Kendal Calling seeing first-hand the impact drugs and alcohol have on individuals. I have been through a significant breakdown in a relationship which has informed my practice within this field. I facilitate insight into another's perception which works to stabilise a relationship or to support a less traumatic ending.
My personal attributes of genuineness, kindness, warmth, empathy and my own personal life experiences brought me into the counselling profession. It is a privilege to be empowered by my client’s progress to appreciate the value and connection I bring to this line of work.
I work from both Barrow and Ulverston, but there is no disabled access and in this case home visits may be considered.
The aim of counselling is to provide you, the client, with a confidential opportunity to explore personal and relational issues in safety. My role is to help you through this process without judgement or giving advice. I may on occasions give information or offer suggestions. Counselling provides individuals and couples with an opportunity and space to talk about things that may be difficult to share with anyone else. It provides a secure place for you to become more effective in your life. It helps you identify and overcome barriers to achieving your potential, promoting/developing self-awareness and empowering you to make informed choices in your academic, personal and social lives.
Confidentiality. To ensure open exploration of the concerns that have brought you to therapy, I will maintain your confidentiality in accordance with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions www.bacp.co.uk. I am a registered member of the BACP and I am committed to complying with this framework as part of the terms and conditions of my membership.
Under the same BACP framework, I keep short summaries about what happens in each session. These notes are stored in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and I am registered with the ICO ico.org.uk.
I receive regular supervision in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework to provide the best possible service to you. My supervisor is a member of the BACP and strictly adheres to the same standards for confidentiality and data protection.
Only you know how you are truly feeling right now. Talking with family and friends can help, but sometimes being able to talk about these feelings and having them validated in a confidential setting gives you an opportunity to achieve what you want to happen and what you can change in your life.
Naturally some of life’s events cause us pain and eventually we can move on. Sometimes it can prove difficult for us. I provide an empathic non-judgemental approach and can support you to determine what you want your future to look like. My approach is person centred totally focusing on you the client. It is the skills and attitudes I use alongside this approach that allows you to change from where you are now to where you want to be.
The benefit to you is that I remain objective, so you will not feel pressured or judged. In this process I will be able to understand and respond to your experience to inspire and empower you to build on your resourcefulness. It is important not to ignore or bury painful experiences from the past as it can affect the way you think and feel in the present. By exploring your experiences in a calm, confidential environment rather than trying to deal with it on your own, results in a deeper understanding of yourself and others. Everyone has the ability to recover from upsetting and difficult events whatever their background, issues or problems.
You may feel you are under an enormous amount of pressure at school, home, with friends and social media. This can be managed, but when we consider the impact of parental divorce, illness, abuse, bereavement, taking on a carer role, sexual identity issues, bullying, relationship issues and anxiety, this can prove overwhelming. This often results in you retreating to your room and communication breaking down. Without early intervention such as counselling, young people may turn to harmful ways of coping and long-term if left unchecked becomes more complicated. You may feel you will not be heard so you may not talk about your difficulties and this can result in not understanding what exactly is happening to you and unable to articulate it. I work with young people from age 11 to reduce psychological distress and supporting them to move towards their personal goals in a safe and confidential setting. This has proven effective for the young people I have worked with to achieve their goals with increased confidence and being able to live their life more fully.
As a couples counsellor I offer a more directive approach to help you recognise and explore your differences to improve your relationship in providing a clear pathway forward. If you feel your marriage or relationship is worth saving, please consider couples counselling. If you feel tension, conflict or resentment this can all be processed in therapy to benefit and transform your relationship with each other.
Couples counselling requires hard work and commitment when things haven't been working as they should. I can help you understand your dynamics and how you can change those ingrained patterns. It will require teamwork, as it is not my role to 'fix' what isn't working, but to get you both to look a lot deeper at what constitutes a healthier relationship in your eyes.
It may be that you feel you can no longer share your life together. This can prove very difficult for you both and I can support you to facilitate that in a healthy way.
Abuse • Addictions • Anger • Anxiety • Attachment • Bereavement • Bullying and harassment • Career or money worries • Depression • Domestic violence • Family and relationship problems • LGBT • Low self-esteem • Loss and grief • Relationship issues • Self-harm/risky behaviour • Social anxiety • Stress • Suicidal thoughts
Counselling provides individuals and couples with an opportunity and space to talk about things that may be difficult to share with anyone else. It provides a safe place for you to become more effective in your life. It helps you identify and overcome barriers to achieving your potential, promoting and developing self-awareness and empowering you to make informed choices in your academic, personal and social lives. Counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do. You will feel truly heard without the opinions and judgements of others.
I am a registered counsellor with Anxiety UK.
Individuals - £40 per session (1 hour duration) Couples - £50 per session (1 hour duration)
Payment is required at the end of each session by cheque or cash. Cancellations are subject to full payment if less than 24 hours’ notice is given. Concessions may be available, please contact me to discuss via my contact page or mobile.
Attachment • BACP Certificate of Proficiency • Children’s Mental Health First Aid • Couples Counselling • Depression • Domestic Violence • Grief and Bereavement • Level 4 Counselling Diploma • LGBT Awareness • Recovery training in substance misuse • Risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk • Safeguarding Adults • Safeguarding Children • Solution Focused Brief Therapy • Suicide and self-harm • Volatile Substance Abuse
As a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I am committed to complying to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018 as part of the terms and conditions of my membership.
Please message me via the form or my mobile with any questions or to check on availability and I will respond the same day. Thank you.
Wed: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thur: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm
Sat: By appointment only
Sun: By appointment only