I am a Humanistic Counsellor, which means I work with you to develop your strengths and build on your resources to deal with difficulties you may be having. The most important part of the way I practice is in the development of a relationship with you as this is the foundation of the therapy. I trained as a counsellor at Manchester University and am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Alongside my private practice, I provide counselling at the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Trafford General Hospital, where I work with clients who are bereaved, or whose lives have been affected by illness. I have also practiced at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Student counselling service and at a primary school in Manchester. Therefore I am familiar with clients who are at very different stages of their lives, and who bring a range of experiences to our counselling sessions.
Before training to be a counsellor, I worked as a lecturer in English Literature. While the two professions may seem unrelated, there is some common ground. Teaching, like counselling, depends on good relationships and trust. Like counselling, teaching English Literature requires open-mindedness, comfort with uncertainty, and an interest in what lies beneath the surface of words and in the patterns of stories. Like a good book, counselling is a creative and collaborative activity, shared between the counsellor (the reader) and the client (the writer).
You can also read about me on the Counselling Directory website.