I came to Psychotherapy through my own experience of working with a Professional Psychotherapist. I ran my own Information Technology company. I was successful and busy yet something wasn’t right. My work was taking me further and further away from my personal values. The bigger the challenge, the harder I tried and the less rewarded I felt. I felt like I was stuck on a treadmill. Following the loss of someone close I realised that I needed help. Therapy offered me a pause button. My weekly sessions gave me the space to get in touch with my real feelings and see how I was using my work to block them out. I was able to step off the treadmill, get in touch with what was important to me and realise that I had the power to change my life.
My training is in Advanced Clinical Psychotherapy and I have a Post Graduate Diplom in Transactional Analysis from an Integrative Perspective. I have also trained in Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CTB). I am interested in the mindfulness and the mind and body connections. My therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual.
I have a private practice in Cheadle Hulme and online and also work as a volunteer psychotherapist at the Stockport Women’s Centre. I have worked as a volunteer Psychotherapist at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy Low Cost Therapy Clinic and at Gaddum, a Manchester based mental health charity providing counselling for their NHS r IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I am insured and registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
I have experience of working with relationship problems including with siblings and blended families, cancer, anxiety and depression, surviving sexual abuse and bereavement. Having worked in the corporate environment I am aware of the harm that work stress can have on our health and mental well being and the challenges of maintaining a healthy work life balance. I also have insight into some of the games that can get played out in the workplace and the harm they can do.
I am married with three grown up step-children.
If you are interested in working with me please get in touch to arrange an initial free session where we can explore how I can help you.
"You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” "
Winnie the Pooh