For all of us there are times in our lives when we feel confused, distressed or unable to cope. Therapy offers the opportunity to achieve a greater understanding of ourselves and our emotional distress and through the process of therapy we can discover what holds us back, enabling us to change old patterns and find new ways of approaching and overcoming difficulties. This leads to better solutions, it enables us to be better grounded and take more control of our lives, improving confidence and self-esteem.
People come to psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, just finding a way through difficult life events can seem impossible, and the feelings we experience can seem overwhelming and very confusing. We can find ourselves stuck in patterns of behaviour or in relationships which feel unhealthy. We may be struggling to deal with events in our past or present and looking at past experiences can be vital in therapy, as it is these past experiences that set the pattern for how we behave and feel as an adult.
What to Expect
I see individuals and couples for short and long-term (open-ended) therapy. Consultations are 50 minutes for invidual therapy and 60 minutes for couples. Consultations are available from Monday to Friday with daytime, early morning and evening appointments available.
The initial consultation and assessment allows us both to explore the issues you are dealing with and what you hope to gain from therapy. I can also expalin more about how I work, the process of therapy and my recommendations. There is certainly no obligation to continue beyond this consultation.
My private rooms are in Manchester City Centre and Rodney Street, Liverpool I also offer appointments via Skype.
I am a psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults, young adults, couples and families. I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment in which to explore your thoughts and feelings, to help you move beyond your perceived limitations and realise your full potential.
My approach is integrative, mainly drawing on the Transactional Analysis model, alongside Gestalt, Attachment Theory, Existential, Psychodynamic and CBT models. You can read a brief outline of these here. Therapy, above all, is a collaborative process in which we explore feelings and repeated patterns of behaviour and thinking to help identify the underlying causes of distress.
Some of the issues I work with include, but are not exclusive to, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, relationship issues, stress, bullying, panic attacks, addictions, confidence, career issues, family issues, self-harm and grief and loss.
Alongside my private practice, I am an Associate Counsellor at the University of Liverpool and Age Concern.
Qualifications & Memberships
Diploma in Integrated Psychotherapy
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
MBACP (Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis)
ITAA (International Association for Transactional Analysis)
FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners)
Member of the Professional Standards Authority for Health Professionals.
Working with Anxiety, The Berne Institute.
After the Affair, The Tavistock Institute.
Working with the Child Ego State, The Berne Institute
Divorce and Separation, The Tavistock Institute.
The Drama of Being an Adolescent, The Gestalt Centre.
Attachment and Loss, The Bowlby Centre.
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Psychotherapy and counselling are similar therapeutic interventions. However, counselling is very often used for short-term, solution-focused work and psychotherapy works at a deeper level.
Couples & Relationship Counselling
Couples and relationship therapy allows a third person to hear your struggles and enable you both, as individuals, to be heard and actively listen to one another.
Writers & Artists
I have a special interest working with actors, writers, musicians, dancers and performers. I offer psychotherapy, counselling and performance coaching techniques both face-to-face and via Skype.
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny,
but in ourselves.”
— William Shakespeare