My passion is helping people go from feeling stuck, stressed, overwhelmed, depressed or traumatised to feeling happier, coping better, becoming healthier and living the life they want.
What could this mean to you?
Less worry, stress or low moods, improved relationships with yourself and others, perhaps more self-esteem and confidence, better sleep and a healthier mindset or maybe it’s about putting the past behind you once and for all.
I help people work out the direction they want to go and then support them to start heading there!
I truly believe your therapy should be tailored especially around you - no ticky boxes or one size fits all therapy here, your mental health and wellbeing are the priority.
I'm a Pluralistic Counsellor - this means I am able to cater for your very unique and individual needs.
I have trained in many different types of therapies over the years, all of which can be adapted to suit you and what you need from therapy right now.
First and foremost, you will never be a number in a huge faceless database for me - I have thankfully left the 'conveyor belt/revolving door therapy' of big organisations far behind me!
You are an individual; I will not only spend time genuinely listening to you in sessions but I will spend time thinking about you before we meet again - reflecting, researching, finding resources, planning our sessions and seeking out any relevant training that may help me, to help you feel better sooner.
I understand what it's like to be in therapy, I have personally been to therapy a few times in my life and each experience has been very different but valuable in it's own way.
It's made me more aware of just how scary therapy can be, how much work it can be and also how much better you can feel if the right relationship exists with your therapist.
I run various therapeutic workshops when I'm not in my therapy room.
You can also often find me at local events either fundraising, offering self-care tips and advice or running creative projects.
Usually my workshops are around 2 hours long and in a small, friendly group setting. These are scheduled throughout the year to help you build awareness, confidence, self esteem and emotional resilience skills.
2019/2020 I ran a not-for-profit 'Art for Anxiety and Depression' monthly sessions in Redcar, I am hoping to reopen this type of workshop as soon as I can.
I became a Redcar and Cleveland Ambassador in June 2019 and continue to champion our area.
Mainly because I am so passionate about Redcar, the people, the businesses and our environment and I believe in genuinely 'doing my bit' for Redcar and Cleveland but I also joined because the Ambassadors programme provides really great support for me too!
I attend local events whenever I can and and generally just shout about Redcar from the rooftops (well, mostly on social media but you get my point!)
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional association for members of counselling professions in the UK.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP which means that I have undergone rigorous training and a competance exam plus I am subject to thorough audits about my work.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Code of Practice and keep myself up to date with current research and changes to Counselling and Psychotherapy guidelines and legislation.
Click on the following links to find my profile - this is for your peace of mind that I am a trained and qualified professional.
To maintain my listing with each of these professional agencies I have to provide up to date training information, certification and insurance details.
I am of course also fully insured for all my therapeutic work within the UK.
I have been working as a self-employed Counsellor since 2017.
In 2020/2021 I did an extended qualification to become a Clinical Supervisor, supporting other Counsellors in charities, organisations and in their own private practice.
With over 1800 hours of face-to-face Counselling experience supporting individual clients with a wide variety of mental health issues, I have amassed a wealth of resources and experience to support you.
I have previously worked in the NHS, within GP surgeries and also IAPT Centres across Teesside.
I was also a Specialist Counsellor for a Charity in Middlesbrough supporting survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse for nearly 3 years.
I want to be the best therapist I can possibly be for my clients!
I complete at least 30 hours of additional training each year and regularly spend weekends at workshops, seminars and specialised training events learning new techniques and skills.
Some of my training includes: