By way of a potted history, over the past twenty years I achieved success in a commercial environment, culminating in a management position. However this wasn’t fulfilling my needs and I wanted to channel my skills into something more aligned with my personality and an underlying desire to effect positive change in others. After several years juggling my corporate life and retraining, I qualified as an Integrative practitioner in 2006.
I am also a Senior Lecturer at Stockport College, teaching across all levels with particular input in the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I get a great deal of satisfaction from working with students in an energetic, collaborative environment. I appreciate the opportunity to influence the standard of future counsellors, whilst at the same time learning new and innovative approaches many students offer.
I have and still do hold other interesting and exciting posts. I have taught the level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills at Macclesfield College and worked as a counsellor within the Occupational Health department at Macclesfield District General Hospital for five years. I am also involved in other training organisations nationwide.
When I work I try to be real and spontaneous, with a sense of warmth and humour. I allow clients to work at their own pace, whilst encouraging positive change and giving the client the tools to see things in a different way. I practice integrative therapy, which means I am experienced in working with several approaches. In my case, I integrate Person Centred Therapy, CBT and Transactional Analysis. This means that I can offer the type of therapy, or combination of therapies, that is most appropriate for the particular needs of each client.
There is a fee for the initial consultation session, but there is no obligation to continue as we need to decide mutually if we can work together. It is a good opportunity to think about what you want from therapy and to raise any questions or concerns you have about the process.