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I have been a qualified counsellor for over sixteen years.

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on its Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am also a qualified supervisor and life coach.

In all areas of my work, I aim to create an environment and a therapeutic relationship within which you feel safe and can explore whatever issues you bring. I will treat you with respect, will try to understand you and your experiences, will be genuine in our relationship and will not be judgmental.

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I am fully insured and my work is supervised regularly to ensure that I meet professional standards and work according to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2016).

My experience includes:

  • staff counsellor with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister;
  • affiliate counsellor with several UK Employee Assistance Providers (EAPs), providing counselling to the private sector and Government departments;
  • private practice since 2001 (Actuality Counselling);
  • counsellor in a GP surgery;
  • voluntary counsellor with the Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) in Liverpool;
  • online counselling;
  • counsellor with The Churches' Ministerial Counselling Service;
  • supervisor at the Speke-Garston Domestic Violence Project;
  • associate counsellor with the Talking Matters Counselling Service in Manchester;
  • counselling and relaxation classes at CITA (Counselling for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction) in Waterloo; and
  • designing and delivering therapy-related workshops.

At Actuality Counselling, I offer Person-centred counselling, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), symbolic modelling (using Clean Language), inner child work, equine-assisted therapy and life coaching.

My personal journey in counselling began in 1998 with the Diploma course at Liverpool John Moores University under the guidance of Janet Tolan.

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The journey continues: through the professional and personal development which I undertake on a regular basis, as well as through my work with my clients, each of whom faces his or her own unique challenges and finds their own ways of moving forward. From them I learn valuable lessons and am often in awe of their bravery, perseverance and openness to change as they make an effort to improve the quality of their lives.

I also worked for over 30 years in the Civil Service, in the areas of counselling, communications, IT and systems design.

Tel: +44 (0)7941 488 550

"The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."

Charles Dubois (1804-1867)

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  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (LJMU, Liverpool)
  • Accredited Member of the BACP
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision (PCCS, Manchester)
  • BSc in Applied Psychology (LJMU, Liverpool)
  • United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (UKRCP)
  • ILM Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
  • EAGALA-trained
  • Advanced EFT Certificate of Completion (EFT-ADV)
  • BA in English Literature (University College, Swansea)

"With all his firmness and self-control, he tasks himself too far: locks every feeling and pang within - expresses, confesses, imparts nothing. I am sure it would benefit him to talk..."

Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre (1847)

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