About Me

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Let me tell you a little bit about myself and my role.  I live in Bacup, East Lancashire with my partner and two daughters.  I have relocated to many different locations over the years and can finally call my house a home.  I love being out in the fresh air, whether it’s going for a run or walk, it’s important for me to take care of my own mental and emotional wellbeing.  I also love music and listening to Podcasts that make me laugh.

Why did I become a counsellor?

For many years I wanted to retrain as a counsellor however never felt the time was right to take the leap because of having a young family.  As time went by I felt I began to lose my own identity and started to question who I was.   At a crossroad in my life, I made the decision to change careers and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey I have been on and absolutely love what I do.

My background

Prior to embarking on my counselling journey I have worked with children with and without Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in education and residential settings.  This career has supported the transition to become a counsellor because of the recognition of being able to build up positive, trusting relationships with others as well as encouraging them to meet their own potential.  I understand the difficulties and stress education staff and children are put under as well as the pressure to achieve academic success.  I have experience of working with a wide range of age groups including young people aged 13+.  I understand how difficult the teenage years can be and the issues that surrounding this.

I have previously worked with a national organisation offering therapy in schools in Lancashire working in a creative way.  As well as running a private practice I work as a counsellor at a charity supporting young people and adults with mental health and wellbeing issues.

During my training I accessed counselling myself to overcome the loneliness I felt when having my daughter due to the trauma I experienced.  I have real life experience of counselling, I understand how apprehensive it can be to reach out and the thoughts that can go round in our minds of how it works and whether it will be beneficial.

I am a fully qualified counsellor where my counselling work is fully supervised with up to date indemnity insurance, a clear enhanced DBS certificate, GDPR compliant and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) where I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I participate in Continued Professional Development (CPD) throughout the year to develop my knowledge and skills.  I am always looking to develop and stretch myself as a counsellor and bring this into the counselling room when appropriate.

I invite you to get into contact for a FREE 20-minute telephone conversation where we can talk about the kind of support you are looking for and to learn more about me and the way I work.  Due to the nature of my work, I am not always able to answer calls so please leave a voicemail or send me an email if you would like me to get back to you.  I aim to get back in contact with you as soon as I can.  I respond to every enquiry; please ensure you check your voicemail or  spam/junk email folders.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
  • BA (Hons) Learning Difficulties

 

 

Further training:

  • Online and Telephone Counselling Course
  • Safe Talk and Asist suicide awareness/prevention training
  • Suicide First Aid
  • Working with Trauma – Carolyn Spring
  • Relationship recovery toolkit (supporting clients through separation and divorce)