About me

Image 02 If you are considering counselling ... this is your first step to making the change. For many people counselling can appear a daunting and even frightening prospect. It's true that every journey begins with but a single step and this is where I would like to help support you along your journey.
I am Person Centred Counsellor, trained to Advance Practitioner Level since 2006 and an Accredited Member of The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their code of ethics. I attend regular one-to-one supervision and use this time to explore client processes and share effective clinical practices.

My clinical experience has been gained in working with adults and children in both an NHS setting (Liverpool Women’s Hospital) as well as in the Voluntary Sector (Oldham Bereavement Support Services- OBBS). My theoretical approach is integrative, for example, Person Centred, Systemic Therapy including brief solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, directive and non-directive approaches as well as creative therapies such as writing, drawing, relaxation techniques and guided imagery.
I have experience of counselling clients via telephone, in a hospital environment as well as in their homes and sometimes school settings, called upon for crisis counselling, such as a sudden / traumatic death and I am able to work with individuals, families or groups depending on what is required.
I have a special interest in bereavement and loss and have undertaken training in ‘end of life work’ as part of my role with Oldham Bereavement Support Services. I have completed a Systemic Family Therapy Foundation Level Course and attained a Merit Certification. More recently, I have attended Macmillan training in helping to support cancer patients and their families and qualified as a supervisor in 2017.
I gained experience in couple counselling in my role as a Fertility Counsellor working with Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Fertility Unit (The Hewitt Centre). This required me to demonstrate sensitivity, empathy, warmth in a non- judgmental manner, dealing with many clients who expressed feelings of distress, inadequacy both socially and sexually which was impacting on their relationships with others and affecting their mood, confidence and self-esteem.
Over the years I have gained experience and skills in being adept to understanding the emotions and psychological needs of clients and have an awareness and appreciation of socio-cultural differences. This ensures that I can counsel my clients to a high standard.
Outside of my private practice I practice one day a week at the Oldham Cancer Support Centre where I support people who are at various stages of cancer and cancer treatments.