Counselling and Psychotherapy


Counselling and psychotherapy can be hard work and requires commitment. That commitment to the process and relationship with the therapist allows us to explore what’s going on inside, to enable us to understand and to make desired changes our external world. It can help to manage what can seem unmanageable and enables us to reach our full potential.


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Wellbeing training and consultancy

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Consultative support sessions

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For more information or to discuss what might be best for you, feel free to get in touch. 




We all know it’s good to talk through our problems and difficulties with someone that you trust and respect. This may not always be possible. Perhaps these people are not in your life; perhaps they may be too close or even part of the problem. This is when a counsellor could be particularly helpful. 


Counselling is a process where you can develop trust and respect with someone who is objective and has your best interests at heart. This creates a safe environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings, find connections between the past and the present and make decisions or changes that are right for you.


As a counsellor I am here to listen, not to judge, to help you understand what is happening and to respond to your situation. I may offer suggestions about how to work with what you bring and may have ideas about how to proceed. This process may take anything from a few sessions up to a few months of weekly work depending upon the issues that you bring. 


Counselling is particularly helpful for addressing:

  • Low self esteem

  • Low confidence

  • Stressful life events

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Sleep problems

  • Relationship and family difficulties

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Or any other issue that has started within the last year




Sometimes the same old problems keep coming back or won’t go away. At other times we may feel stuck or held back from achieving our hopes or dreams. Perhaps you have been depressed and or anxious for some time or have other longer-term mental health issues. These would all be reasons to see me for psychotherapy.


Psychotherapy is an opportunity to help you understand what makes you tick. It can involve an exploration of your past and the relationships and experiences that have formed you. This sometimes helps you to understand how we are part of the issues that affect us in the present. If we can understand these dynamics, we can begin to make changes in the way we behave so that things can be different in the future.


This process tends to take from a few months up to a couple of years of weekly work. It is particularly helpful for addressing:

  • Depression & Anxiety problems

  • Overthinking

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Complicated grief issues

  • Childhood abuse

  • Relationship and family problems

  • Long term mental health issues

  • Sexuality issues


For more information or to discuss what might be best for you, feel free to get in touch. 




Throughout my working career I have demonstrated that I am a skilled communicator, which is why I gained my qualification as a civil, commercial and workplace mediator. My calm and analytical mind affords me the ability to translate complex issues into understandable solutions. Conflict in the workplace is common. Most of the time things can be sorted out with a chat, but when they can’t, they can soon take a turn for the worse: communication breaks down, other people get drawn in, and what begins as a difference of opinion can quickly become a significant problem for your organisation.


Disputes can occur at all levels: with colleagues, managers, within teams, and even between people several management levels apart. Line managers are often too close to the dispute to get involved and HR practitioners can often have a conflict of interest or may not be trusted by employees to maintain absolute confidentiality.


Mediation focuses on all parties getting what they want from their working relationships with others, and on moving forwards amicably with an agreement that everyone involved has contributed towards. It’s a discreet method of resolving disputes that can:  

  • save the stress of prolonged disputes 

  • save the costs and resources associated with disputes 

  • reduce absenteeism by demonstrating organisational investment in finding a resolution

  • provide recommendations for improvements in ways of working in improve productivity and workplace relationships.


My role helps to clarify the needs of the parties in conflict, helping them to distance themselves from the problem and focusing them towards the solution. 


For more information or to discuss what might be best for you, feel free to get in touch. 


Wellbeing training and consultancy


Poor mental health is now the number one reason for staff absence. Mental health training offers a cost-effective way to promote good mental wellbeing in your organisation and at home. I have substantial experience in facilitation and training, and have developed wellness projects with a range of organisations.


A range of project that I worked on include:

  • Training teacher wellbeing to Headteachers involved with the Teach First programme in the North West.

  • Workshops for teacher trainers on working with masculinities and the role it plays for male teachers and their students.

  • I delivered training for London museum for volunteers on recognising mental health for customers and building on communication and de-escalation for staff and volunteers.

  • Workshops on stress and wellbeing for Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police and several private companies.

  • A ‘walk in my shoes’ open day for a young people’s mental health project in Rochdale to showcase it’s impact faced with closure. This was to influence further funding with stakeholders and the local authority and led to the project remaining open.

  • Psychologically informed environment training for Petrus. The concept of the training is that it creates an environment that makes use of methods, which are informed by psychological theories and frameworks. It informs the way in which staff members think about the problems that their residents face, or how risk protocols and policies are written.


For more information or to discuss what might be best for you, feel free to get in touch. 


Consultative support sessions


These are a one off or regular sessions for those whose roles present psychological and interpersonal challenges.