Psychotherapeutic Counsellor MBACP
I trained at The Northern Guild for Psychotherapy and Counselling, in Newcastle upon Tyne and qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in 2018. I have worked in private practice in the North East region since then. My working background of 40 years has included careers in publishing and charity management, as well as running my own business and periods of unemployment.
Sessions can take place at any of three therapy centres in the North East – Morpeth, Ryton and Hexham. The work may take a few sessions or be on a longer-term basis. The initial consultation is free of charge.
Reaching out for help doesn’t come easily to many of us. Especially when we’re trying to cope with something very personal, perhaps something we don’t understand. I recognise the effort you’ve made to seek out help, at what might be a tough time for you.
Would you like to understand what’s been happening in your life, why it’s been happening, and start to experience changes for the better ?
Perhaps you suffer from depression, anxiety, hopelessness, anger, loss, issues from the past, or are struggling in your relationship ? If so, I would like to help.
Counselling provides you with a safe and confidential place, with an emphasis on empathy, acceptance, care and genuineness. We can work together on the problems you are experiencing, and look at how life has brought you to this point. We will look to work through issues and reduce the emotional difficulties you are facing.
I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work largely with male clients. My approach acknowledges aspects of our lives as men - such as how we communicate, how we were brought up, the expectations placed on us and our changing role in society. And how these may influence our mental health.
I use a number of counselling models, with Transactional Analysis (TA) forming a foundation. TA looks at how we relate to each other, how we developed as a person and the ‘life script’ we develop in our early years. Creative work may also prove helpful, where the client is comfortable with this, including drawing, sand tray work, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. The relationship which forms between us is important, with trust and safety as cornerstones of that relationship. Counselling is ultimately about healing and growth.