About Me: I am a person centred counsellor. A registered member of the BACP guided by their ethical framework. Qualified since 2016, I opened my private practice in Burnley in April 2019. Where a warm, safe environment is offered for you to explore your issues.
Prior to setting up in private practice my experience as a counsellor included supporting people with a wide and varied number of issues. Spending over three years as a bereavement support counsellor in Pendleside (Burnley) and Rossendale Hospices. I understand the complexities of loss and change when someone loses a loved one. Understanding, often it can be hard imagining a future without them. Working together, I will support you to a state of acceptance of your 'new normal'.
I spent over a year with the LGBT Foundation in Manchester supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community and I understand the different pronouns, identities, terminology and subsections that people associate with and the worries and fears they may have. I have attended training courses on Gender, Gender Identity, Sexuality, Sexual Divsersity and Sexuality and Bereavement. Plus Couples counselling had a strong focus on same sex couples.
I spent a year as a young person's counsellor working in a secondary school in Blackpool with young people aged 12 and over using play therapy and other techniques to engage the young people.
Other experiences I have gained are as a counsellor at Cedar House in Preston and Open Door in Colne.
Prior to being a counsellor I spent 20 years as a support worker of adults with learning disabilities in their own homes and latterly in a day centre setting, promoting clients choices, dignity and rights using different techniques to allow the clients to communicate effectively. During this time I was also a volunteer listener with the Samaritans supporting Suicidal clients over the phone and face to face.
In my spare time my self care is important to me, I swim most mornings, I love walking and I attend a weekly pub quiz with friends. Theatre, Concerts and Cinema are also interests of mine.
What I Offer
Your safety and confidentiality is of upmost importance to me, in order for you to build a level of trust with me so that you feel safe to explore issues that are affecting you.
I offer a safe, warm environment in an office in the centre of Burnley. This office is in a shared building but away from distractions and noises.
I follow the BACP ethical framework around confidentiality and can assure you that what we discuss will remain confidential (unless a disclosure has been made that I legally have to act upon that will be mentioned in the initial session together). I follow the GDPR and ICO rules about storage of information and my notes are identifiable by a unique code known only to myself. Discussions with my clinical supervisor will NOT identify you.
Any notes are kept in a locked filing cabinet, the key is removed and kept in a locked tin in a locked cupboard. Behind my locked office doors.
The office has a pay and display car park to the rear.
I offer Counselling underpinned by the Person Centred ethos, this means that you are at the centre of YOUR session, once the necessary paperwork has been completed in the first session you will decide what to bring to each session, each session will last 50 minutes and I will work alongside you to find your own solution to your issues. I may suggests strategies and techniques but I will not offer advice. I can incorporate techniques from Solution Focused Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy plus Play and Creative therapy if you feel this may help in your journey.
I am not restricted by the number of sessions offered and we can work collaboratively, at your pace, no matter how many sessions it takes. We will mutually decide when counselling has given you everything you feel you have needed and when it is time to end. This means that we can go deeper into issues if necessary and work through them thoroughly and other issues can be brought into sessions if needed. You will not feel rushed or restricted by what you discuss.
I am open four days a week and offer late night counselling until 7:00pm on Wednesday and Thursday and until 5:30pm on Fridays. I offer early starts at 7:00am on Saturday mornings and 8:00am on other days. Offering great flexibility for those who work. I can be flexible with times and days we meet (around my other clients) for those who cannot commit to same time each week and day due to your shift patterns or other commitments.
In exceptional circumstances I can also come to a safe place for you away from my office (for an increased fee)
For those who cant make it to my office I also offer counselling via Video or Telephone on Monday, Tuesday or Friday Evenings. (Video Services available WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype and Duo - Others available on request)
Sessions & Fees
Each session of counselling will last 50 Minutes (60 for Couples) and will, wherever possible be at the same time each week. However I do offer flexibility around session times and days as I understand we all have work commitments and other circumstances that may mean we cannot commit to the same time and day each week. - Please discuss your availability on initial contact.
On very exceptional circumstances, with prior agreement I can offer sessions of one and a half hours, The reasons these will be considered are; if due to appointments or holidays ect; we will not be meeting for a while and it is thought you may benefit with the extra time to bridge that gap. Or, if our sessions are coming to an end and you feel that one extended sessions may be better for you than two shorter sessions - Extended sessions will be discussed before hand and an extra cost will be incurred for the extended time.
Below are a list of my costs.
General Client: £40 (50 Minutes)
£70 (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
Couples: £65 (60 Minutes)
£105 (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
Young Person*: £30 (40 Minutes)
(Young Person Aged 12-18)-*
under 16's need parental consent for counselling
Video or Telephone Counselling £5.00 off Above Charges.
Employee Assist Programmes: On Discussion
Please Note: There is an extra £5.00 if I come to you away from my office.
I offer certain people discounts off their counselling sessions please see special offers section for details.
How To Find Me
Hammerton Street is situated in the centre of Burnley between the main shopping street of St James Street with Marks and Spencers at the bottom and the B6240 and the Old Courts at the top.
Hammerton Chambers is situated on Hammerton Street opposite the now derelict Ignite night club just up from the job centre. Hammerton Chambers is situated next to Timeless Tattoo Parlour.