My qualifications, experience and special interests

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My experience and special interests

I am an experienced, BACP registered, psychotherapist providing counselling and psychotherapy in Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire.

Private practice

I have experience of working with clients with a wide variety of problems including eating disorders, relationship issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, perfectionism and low self esteem as well as historic childhood issues which impact on wellbeing.

I have a particular interest in helping my clients to understand why they think, feel and behave as they do in response to certain people and situations.  This understanding, along with other interventions, enables change to be made.

Stockport NHS Community Eating Disorder Service

I am employed as a senior psychological therapist by Oakwood Psychology Services working with clients referred to the Stockport NHS Community Eating Disorder Clinic.  I have completed extensive training in CBT-E from the Oxford Centre for Research into Eating Disorders (CREDO). CBT-E is an evidence based enhanced CBT programme, developed specifically for the treatment of eating disorders. To find out more please click here. I work with clients presenting with a range of eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia and binge eating.  I also work as a mentor and case manager for both qualified and trainee therapists working under supervision to gain specialist experience of working with eating disorders.

Health Assured

I am also an affiliate counsellor with Health Assured, a major Employee Assistance Programme provider, providing short term, solution focussed, therapy to clients referred to me by them for a variety of issues.

Stockport Women’s Centre

I worked for several years as a volunteer at Stockport Women’s Centre where I helped clients with problems such as depression, anxiety, low self esteem, perfectionism, relationship issues and historic family issues often resulting from trauma including domestic abuse and childhood issues including sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.

The Counselling and Psychotherapy services operated by both Oakwood Psychology Services and Stockport Women’s Centre are accredited by the BACP.

Prison Service

I have previously worked in a prison, where I worked with male prisoners presenting with a wide range of issues.

Qualifications, Memberships and compliance

Registered member British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP Regd. No. 152349)

PG Dip. Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy  Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Up to date Enhanced DBS check for working both as a volunteer and for payment (formerly CRB, Criminal Records Bureau)

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office for processing of data (Reference no. A8455376)

Additional training and development

  • Certificate of training in CBT-E (Enhanced CBT for Eating Disorders)  Oxford CREDO (Centre for Research into Eating Disorders)
  • Certificate of training in CBT (BPS approved introductory skills based course)
  • Trauma focussed CBT for working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (BPS approved course)
  • Working with self harm (BPS Approved course)
  • Working with domestic abuse
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Adults at Risk (updated October 2020)
  • Level 3 Safeguarding Children and Adults (updated August 2021)
  • Grounding techniques in trauma therapy
  • Working with shame
  • Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse

Ethics

I am a professional, ethical and safe practitioner and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018. I have regular supervision and attend ongoing courses and training to increase my skills and enhance my practice.   I am also committed to my own personal development and continue to engage in my own regular, weekly, psychotherapy.

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