How I Work
As a therapist, I aid an open exploration of whatever aspect or aspects of your life you may wish to understand, make sense of, or change. My approach to counselling and therapy is non-judgemental, non-directional and supportive.
The first session is used to explore the possibilities of our working together. It is a chance for you to ask me any questions about how I work and what stress management and counselling entails. We can discuss what your expectations of stress management and/or counselling might be, and any anxieties you might have about beginning. We will also go over practicalities such as fees and timing of the sessions.
If, after this first session, you feel you would like to begin working with me, then our work together can go on for as long as you desire. You may find that a few sessions are all that you need, or you may wish to continue beyond this.
Positive Coping Strategy
Focus On a Relaxing Scene
I have worked as an occupational therapist within both the public and private sectors for over 35 years.
I was involved with Cruse Bereavement Care for many years.
My experience within the NHS was in the rehabilitation of both physical and mental health conditions. I have provided stress management and counselling sessions for people as part of a cardiac rehabilitation programme and for those suffering from physical pain whose life issues and poor coping strategies enhanced their pain.
Through my core training as an occupational therapist and my further training as a stress management practitioner and person-centred counsellor I am able to offer a range of interventions which encompass a goal focused approach in line with what the client hopes to achieve, providing practical tools for enhancing adaptive coping strategies to reduce stress levels and to improve well-being.
Since retiring from full time employment I have developed my private practice, working with individuals to enable them to better manage their life issues. I have a specific interest in personal stress and the management of the physical symptoms of stress. I can teach you how to use relaxation techniques to relieve muscle tension. My approach is always person-centred with the emphasis placed on building a supportive relationship within which meaningful work can take place. You are always free to talk openly about how you are finding counselling/therapy - in fact, this can form a very useful part of our work.
Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) BAOT No 0004856
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration No OT3316
International Stress Management Association (ISMA). ISMA No M613
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). BACP No 525652
Diploma (HE) Counselling, St Martin's College Lancaster University. 1999
MSc Stress Management for Practitioners, Manchester Metropolitan University. 1997
Masters in Business Administration - University of Central Lancashire. 1992
Diploma College of Occupational Therapy - Liverpool School of Occupational Therapy. 1967