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I am an accredited counsellor, supervisor and coach. I trained at Liverpool John Moores University, PCCS and the ILM, and qualified over eighteen years ago. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on its Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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 are facing. 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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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);
  • volunteer counsellor with the Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) in Liverpool;
  • counsellor with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM);
  • counsellor in a GP surgery;
  • online counselling;
  • supervisor at the Speke-Garston Domestic Violence Project;
  • associate counsellor with the Talking Matters Counselling Service in Salford;
  • 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, Jenny Peel and Di Dossor.

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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 perseverance, bravery 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)
  • ILM Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring
  • EAGALA-trained in Equine-assisted Therapy
  • Advanced EFT Certificate of Completion (EFT-ADV)
  • BA in English Literature (University College, Swansea)

"... I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity."

Gilda Radner (1946-1989)

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The five regrets of the dying:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Bronnie Ware

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"Human freedom involves our capacity to pause between stimulus and response and, in that pause, to choose the one response towards which we wish to throw our weight. The capacity to create ourselves, based upon this freedom, is inseparable from consciousness or self-awareness."

Rollo May (1909-1994)