My passion is helping people go from feeling stuck, stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, traumatised or anxious to feeling happier, coping better, becoming healthier and living the life they want.
What could this mean to you?
Less anxiety, 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 how 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! I truly believe your mental health and wellbeing should be priority.
I am 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, 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 what you need in sessions but I will spend time thinking about you before we meet again - researching, finding resources, planning our sessions and seeking out any relevant training that may help me to help you feel better sooner.
I only see a limited amount of client's per week so that I can genuinely support you to the best of my abilities. Practicing what I preach about self-care is important to me so that I'm fit and well to do the very best for you too!
I understand what it's like to be in therapy, I have personally been to therapy a few times 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.
I'm currently running some not-for-profit 'Art for Anxiety and Depression' monthly sessions in Redcar.
I became a Redcar and Cleveland Ambassador in June 2019.
I am passionate about our area, the people, the businesses and our environment and I believe in genuinely 'doing my bit' for Redcar and Cleveland.
I attend local events, make sure I keep up to speed about what's going on and generally 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 (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means I have undergone rigorous training and an exam plus I am subject to thorough audits about my work yearly.
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 am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries.
I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership.
I have now been working as a self-employed Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Coach since 2017.
With over 900 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 in your recovery.
I have 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 over 2 years.
I want to be the best therapist I can possibly be for my clients!
I complete at least 30 hours of extra training each year and regularly spend weekends at workshops, seminars and specialised training events learning new techniques, skills and professional development.
Some of my formal Qualifications and Certificates: