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Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I adhere to the BACPs ethical framework in practice to ensure my clients feel safe and respected. I have volunteered with Chester Sexual Abuse Service (CSASS) and HealthBox for several years. During the pandemic I have volunteered as an NHS responder offering telephone support in the local community.

I have experience working with:

Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Work Related Stress, Grief, Loss, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Low Self-esteem, Image Based Sexual Abuse and Pre-trial Therapy.

I offer a confidential, warm and welcoming space to provide a platform for your voice to be heard without judgement.

As an integrative therapist, I believe we all have within us the capacity to grow and develop which leads to a more productive and content life. I understand how certain life experiences re-shape the way we think, behave and react; changing the way we view our world. If you have ever heard yourself wondering. ‘I should have done…,’ or ‘I am not feeling good enough somehow,’ I will work alongside you to explore and challenge the validity of those thoughts and to find alternative ways of thinking and being; to learn and grow and begin to trust in your own judgement and to help acknowledge choice.

I offer:

Online, telephone and face to face counselling sessions for clients.

Free telephone initial consultation.

Concessional rate for students.

Elsa Anderson

Elsa Anderson

MSc CBT, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice, Diploma Nursing- Mental Health.

Elsa is an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Registered Mental Health Nurse with over twenty years’ experience working with adults who have complex mental health needs from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Elsa primarily worked in the social care sector before moving into private practice following completion of her Master’s degree in CBT; she has additionally worked as a Mental Health lecturer in pre and post nursing registration programmes. Elsa has established her practice providing CBT across a broad range of client groups with both mild, moderate and complex presentations. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment and work in partnership with clients to explore challenges, develop goals and enhance their strengths to enable them to move towards their own personal recovery. Elsa’s specialist treatment areas include:

Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder
Health Anxiety
Specific Phobias
Anger and Stress Management
Trauma and Abuse (PTSD & CPTSD)
Bipolar Disorder
Self-Esteem & Self-Image issues
Assertiveness issues

Elsa demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct; she uses defined CBT interventions based on  scientific principles for specific problem areas but recognises the importance of identifying the wider aspects of an individual’s life which can impact their well-being such as physical health, support systems, education and work. She aims to consistently apply her experience and compassion to help people move forward in their life.

Professional Membership & Accreditation with the BABCP. Registered with the NMC & ICO.

Christina Bebbington

Christina Bebbington

Christina is a psychotherapist with a level 7 postgraduate diploma in counselling and psychotherapeutic practice. In addition, Christina also has an MA in psychotherapy, and combines these qualifications with skills as a Neurolinguistic Programming practitioner, and hypnotherapist.  A registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Christina’s experience spans over ten years in coaching and therapy working in a variety of settings, including high schools, large charitable organisations and higher education, working with students at Edge Hill University.

Christina is comfortable working with a wide range of issues including trauma, abuse, abortion, addiction, anxiety, anorexia, depression, domestic violence, long term health issues, self-harm, disordered eating, and body dysmorphia, relationship issues, parent/child dynamics, bereavement and suicide.

Through her experience of working in high schools Christina is comfortable working with teenagers with ASD, anger management issues and emotion regulation.  Her work at Edge Hill University gave her a thorough understanding of the pressure on young people transferring to university and student life.

Additional training has involved coaching skills enabling Christina to offer a combination of coaching and therapy for those seeking to manage career progression or changes of direction.

Christina has also undertaken training in couples’ therapy and is able to offer couples and family support work.

Tracy Bee

Tracy Bee

My name is Tracy Bee and I aim to provide a safe space for clients to work through the challenges and difficulties life can bring and feel able to work through any painful emotions to enable healing and growth, and I hope my profile will help you decide if I am the right counsellor for you.  I am an integrative therapist who will adapt my approach and methods to best meet your needs. I maintain the core conditions with all clients of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, believing you are the expert of your life and ultimately know what you need to move forward even if it feels at the first point of contacting a counsellor that this is far from the case. Within a trusting therapeutic relationship I will support you to identify areas of your life causing most distress, ascertain the changes you would like to make and work with you to develop realistic and achievable goals.

I work with children, young people and adults requiring both short-term therapy addressing immediate stressors to long-term therapeutic support for more complex issues.  I have a Level 4 diploma in Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy and also a 1st class Hons degree in Applied Psychology, and have undertaken additional training in Bereavement, Loss and Sand Play Therapy, Suicide Prevention training, Mental Health First Aid (adults and youth), Domestic Abuse, Place2Be play therapy techniques, Eating Disorders, Child to Adult Violence, Adolescent Brain Development, Level 3 Safeguarding (Vulnerable Adults/Children and Young People, Child Exploitation, Child Sexual Exploitation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Drawing and Talking Therapy, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, Significant grief and loss, PTSD: Young People’s Adjustment to Traumatic Death and Dealing with Challenging Behaviour. 

Adults:  Having worked for various charities including Wirral Mind, WEB Merseyside and The Association for Post-natal Illness in addition private therapy, I have experience of working with adults presenting with issues of significant loss, grief, bereavement, addictions, depression, anxiety, abuse, childhood trauma and sexual abuse, post-natal depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and ideation, abortion, loss through suicide, living with a disability, anger management, self-esteem, confidence, health anxiety, bi-polar, hearing voices, work stress, relationships, parenting difficulties, divorce, illness, cancer, domestic violence, isolation, loneliness and OCD behaviours and currently work at Mind as the CBT Beating the Blues Co-ordinator.

Children and Young People: I have worked therapeutically with children and young people, aged 4-17yrs, in school environments, social care settings, mental health support groups, youth placements, nurture groups, family mediation and youth mental health programmes, with presenting issues of self-esteem and confidence, anger management, bereavement and significant loss, parental suicide, parental mental health, emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, eating disorders, gender, identity and sexuality issues, hearing voices, domestic violence, domestic upheaval, suicidal ideation, self-harm, abandonment, neglect, teenage pregnancy, ADHD, parental physical illness, attachment disorders, young carers, depression, anxiety, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviours, OCD behaviours, bullying and social isolation.  I will use a variety of methods from talking therapy, play therapy, role play, story and metaphor and also art and drawing techniques where appropriate. 

Fees: I charge a flat rate of £50 per session with payment details discussed further in the Working Agreement should you decide to get in touch and begin working together.         Should you have any further questions I would be happy to chat with you and address any queries or concerns you may have and look forward to hearing from you to support you on your journey.

Nicolette Bennett

Nicolette Bennett

I am a qualified integrative Counsellor and CBT practitioner. I am a member of the BACP and I have my own Insurance.

My previous experiences have ranged from working with people in different capacities. I was a substance misuse mentor for several years working with people giving advice and guidance. I worked in a supporting role working with people with mental health issues and complex needs. And I have worked for many years supporting adults with various disabilities and mobility issues. I also worked as an outreach youth worker working with vulnerable young people.

 I currently work with young people aged 11-18 years old, Adults and Complex Needs clients and clients with disabilities and mobility issues. My experience as a therapist is mainly working with General Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, OCD, Dissociation, Depression, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation, physical and Sexual Abuse.

I work in an integrative way working with the client on what best suits their needs.

I am trained in Telephone and online Counselling and offer this an option if needed.


Leah Best

Leah Best

Leigh Best, BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered), UKCP (Accredited), Dip Counselling, Dip Supervision, PG Cert in Inclusive Education, Counselling and Guidance, Cert in Mentoring, Advanced Cert in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, PG Diploma in Outcome Oriented Psychotherapies, Foundation Cert Nutrition, Masters in Positive Psychology and Well Being (expected  2020.)

Leigh Best is a friendly and approachable psychotherapist. She is an Accredited Clinical Psychotherapist (UKCP), Clinical Counselling Supervisor and a Counselling Lecturer with over 20 years’ experience of working with children, families and adults. She is also the Clinical Director of a Social Enterprise called Talking Eating Disorders (tedsuk.com) supporting any sufferer affected by an eating disorder, and their family, and trained both at Kings College Hospital, London and with B-EAT (UK’s largest charity for eating disorders).

Leigh has in depth experience of working with a wide range of clients, in both the voluntary and private sector, and works within professional and ethical guidelines to support clients presenting with issues including Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Stress, Family Issues, Bereavement, Loss, Attachment Issues and Body Confidence and Low Self-Esteem.

Leigh was runner up in Merseyside Woman of The Year 2012 (Social Impact Category), Winner of O2 Community Award, and received a “Listen to Me “Award from the Director of Children Services, Wirral, in 2016 for her work as a Foster Carer. She sees counselling and psychotherapy as a unique and individual transformational process that really can change lives. She is an Integrative therapist who works in a collaborative and creative way with her clients using a wide range of approaches and interventions, including C.B.T. She is currently studying at Liverpool John Moore’s University for a Masters in Positive Psychology and Well Being using these ideas to offer a positive, strength- based approach to her counselling work.           


Sarah Cattermole

Sarah is a fully qualified Integrative counsellor.  Whilst her core model is Person-Centred Therapy and client led, her knowledge of other types of therapy can be drawn on to suit client’s needs.  Each client is unique and having knowledge of different therapies and methods helps to achieve a positive counselling outcome.

Sarah believes that the therapeutic relationship between the client and counsellor is key.  Once in place, clients are able to explore issues which may be holding them back.  Sarah is warm and friendly, offering a confidential, non-judgemental safe space for clients to examine areas of concern in their lives.  

Sarah is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).  BACP counsellors adhere to strict ethical guidelines and have personal supervision once a month.  This ensures that clients are getting the best possible treatment.  

She also holds a BSc. (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool, along with a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling.  She is currently undertaking further training in CBT with a Level 5 CBT course, graduating in 2022.

Sarah has a history of volunteering for both Age UK and AJ and Friends.  Her background is in the private sector.  She can offer face to face, video or telephone counselling, what-ever the client feels happier with.

She works with clients who have issues such as: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Low self-esteem, Loss and Bereavement.

Helen Chinnery

Helen Chinnery

Level 4: Diploma in Counselling 2006, Level 5: Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory 2010, Level 6: Certificate in CBT Interventions for Anxiety & Depression  (UCLAN) 2013, Level 7: Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision  (Chester University) 2016, Certificate specialising in working with couples and relationship therapy 2017

Heych is a qualified  person centred counsellor,  CBT therapist, counselling supervisor and relationship therapist. She has in-depth experience working with: anxiety disorders, depression, panic, health concerns, addiction, bereavement and relationships. She is currently studying gender, sexual and relationship diversity (GSRD) / gender identity in order to work as an ally with adult clients in this field. H is currently employed as a counsellor at a Rape and Sexual Abuse service working with survivors of sexual violence and at a pre-abstinent substance misuse service (drugs & alcohol). Heych also works with couples or individuals providing relationship counselling. Previous counselling settings include counselling within a hospice and facilitating bereavement groups, CBT therapist based at a homeless refuge, working with those with lung and health conditions on a UK wide helpline, Anxiety UK (anxiety and panic disorders).

Heych is a registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP) and works within their professional and ethical guidelines.

Christine Cunningham

Christine Cunningham

Christine is an Integrative Counsellor and Life coach who works with Adults, Young People and Children. She works in Primary schools across Merseyside with children between the ages of 5 – 11 years old, using the Play Therapy model of Counselling in Sessions.

Christine also has experience of working in a Residential Behavioural Unit with young people between the ages of 13-17 years old and at The Hive, in Birkenhead, as a Youth Worker and Volunteer Mentor, working with Children, Young People and Adults between the ages of 8 -25 years old.

Christine approaches all her therapies in a Person-Centred way, ensuring she offers her clients an environment, where they will feel comfortable, respected and listened to, allowing them to explore any past or present issues or goals for their future. Christine can integrate different models of Counselling and Coaching into sessions, to suit the needs of each individual client, ensuring the client is kept at the heart of the therapy.

Christine has volunteered for charities such as the YMCA, The Hive, Tomorrow’s Women, RASA and Place2Be, while completing her Counselling training, to help her understand, what issues children, young people, and adults, are living with day to day and what support is on offer to help them.

Christine has experience of working with issues such as, Anxiety, Stress, Loss, Grief, Anger, Relationships, Sexual abuse, Self-esteem, Child related issues, ADHD and Autism.

Christine is a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their Ethical Framework.

Kerry Davies

Kerry Davies

Kerry is a qualified Integrative counsellor focusing on Person-Centred and CBT models of therapy, she also has experience of using other therapeutic models to support individual issues. If appropriate she supports clients to work towards achievement of individual goals by implementing strategies to improve their well-being and understanding of change, she has experience of supporting client issues such as depression, abuse, anxiety, domestic violence, loss, self-harm, relationship breakdown and anger management across a range of client groups including adults and young people.

Kerry has worked in further education for over twenty-five years with initial training in Childhood development, this has provided her with profound experience of the difficulties young people face whilst balancing education with outside issues.

Kerry offers a friendly, non-judgemental approach to encourage clients to relax and explore historical or present problems in a safe environment, whilst feeling valued and accepted. Kerry has also volunteered at WEB Merseyside for the past three years providing face to face and telephone counselling.

Kerry is fully insured and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) she commits to their professional and ethical guidelines and attends monthly supervision to ensure continuity of safe and up to date practice.

Graham Fass

Graham Fass

I am a UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) registered psychotherapist in advanced training.  I spent 4 years training at the South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy (SMCP) studying Transactional Analysis (TA).  

Alongside being a member of the UKCP, I am also registered with the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).  I adhere to both ethical frameworks and codes of professional practice. 

I have spent the past 2 years volunteering at Age UK Wirral. In that time, I have worked with adult clients of different ages with such issues as:

  • Dealing with narcissistic individuals and family systems
  • Self-esteem and body confidence
  • Improving low mood and anxiety
  • Domestic abuse
  • Increasing assertiveness and challenging procrastination
  • Improving self-care
  • Managing stress and energy levels
  • Managing aggression and anger
  • Making feelings, including fear, guilt, shame, grief, hurt and anger, etc, manageable
  • Bereavement
  • Serious and terminal illness such as cancer and fibromyalgia

Besides my experience of working as a therapist, I have worked in the private sector in a high stress environment for over two decades. This experience gives me an insight into managing stress and finding work life balance first hand.

My way of working encompasses the philosophical values of TA, in that all humans are inherently ‘OK’ and that we all have the power to change! 

My perspective on the therapeutic relationship is that the therapist’s role is a facilitator for positive change, creating a safe space for the client to feel trusted and understood.  This in turn gives my clients an environment in which they can grow, and learn the tools they can use in order to challenge negative patterns of behaviour and beliefs. 

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘downward spiral’ in the context of life, how about a new narrative in which we spiral upwards through healing and positive change!



Sara Finlayson

Sara Finlayson

Ms Sara Finlayson BSc (Hons), MPhil (Cantab), Dip Clin Psychol.
Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) AFBPsS

Sara is a qualified Consultant Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years experience working in the NHS in a number of settings including Mental Health Hospitals, Community settings, Staff Support services, Court and Criminal Justice. She works with people with a wide variety of complex issues, helping them to gain a greater understanding and find ways forward to overcome these. She is experienced in working with people with the full range of mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, obsessional-compulsive disorder, bereavement, life transitions, stress (work-based or personal), recovery from adverse childhood experiences, psychosis, recent or past trauma, personality disorder.

Sara has additional training/experience in Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR) and Mentalisation based Therapy (MBT). She
is approachable, down-to-earth and compassionate and draws on her extensive knowledge and experience to provide individualised therapy tailored specifically to the person’s needs. She
creates a safe and supportive space for people to feel comfortable to work towards goals of improved mental health and well-being, and improve their understanding of themselves and

Over the years she has provided clinical supervision to other staff and held senior positions in the NHS including Clinical Lead for Mental Health in the NW Strategic Clinical Network Group and as a Governor for a large NW Mental health Trust.

She also holds Coaching qualifications and experience and has provided coaching to senior executives as well as practising clinicians.

Sara is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and is a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) within the British
Psychological Society (BPS).

Sue Green

Sue Green

Sue is a qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist.  Sue has been working at Wirral Mind and has seen the positive benefit EMDR can bring in helping to reprocess traumatic experiences and memories, so that the individual is able to remember them, but no longer feels the emotional pain of the original event, enabling people to be more able to get on with their lives.

EMDR can work effectively with victims of trauma including all forms of abuse or neglect, loss, victims of crime, war/conflict related trauma, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic and work place accidents.

Since training as a social worker in 1987, Sue has and continues to work in the statutory adult mental health setting as a practicing social worker and Approved Mental Health Professional.  Having completed her Social Work MA dissertation on the Hillsborough Disaster, Sue has maintained an interest in the impact of trauma on mental health and on the development of PTSD symptoms.

BA Social Studies/Sociology, Social Work MA, EMDR qualified, registered with Social Work England, member of EMDR UK and Ireland Association. Fully Insured.

Joan Goodier

Joan Goodier

BA(Hons) Social Sciences, CQSW (Certificate in Qualified Social Work). Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling. Level 7 MA with merit in Psychodynamic approaches, level 7 PG(Dip) in Systemic Approaches in Psychotherapy.

Joan is a qualified systemic practitioner and counsellor. She has a background as a highly experienced child and family and generic social worker but has specialised in therapeutic work for the past 16 years both within the NHS CAMHS service and a local authority Children’s’ Department. Joan can work well with all ages from children aged 7/8 to adults and with parents, carers, couples and family groups as well as individuals. She specialises in adolescents. A systemic approach looks at the dynamics, relationships and context in which perceived problems occur. It seeks to separate the identification of the problem  from the person which may have created a blaming situation and/or negative self-perceptions, low self esteem and stuckness. Maybe she can help unstick you! Joan will talk with you in a down-to-earth, collaborative way and seek to identify positive changes or differences at your pace. Joan is able to integrate approaches from her varied training, career and experience of co-working with other mental health professionals. This includes an awareness of unconscious dynamics, application of cognitive, behavioural principles in psycho-education, with a developing interest in mindfulness techniques and self-soothing. She has provided training in self=soothing to foster carers. This integrated approach can, Joan believes, provide a tailored service to meet your particular emotional and mental health concerns. Joan is totally committed to inclusive, anti-oppressive practice. She is registered with the National Council of Psychotherapists.


Jane is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and CBT Therapist. She offers a friendly, non-judgemental and confidential space for clients to work through their issues. She offers a flexible style of counselling or coaching to suit individual needs and enable clients to make changes that are right for them.

Jane has a wide range of experience working with a variety of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Self-harm, Bereavement and Loss, Disability, Health issues, Social Anxiety, Low Self-esteem and Stress.

Jane has gained her skills and knowledge during her career as a Nurse, Family Support Worker and Counsellor in GP Practice, a Rape and Sexual Abuse service and a Bereavement support service.

Jane is a Registered Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and works within their professional and ethical guidelines.


Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Registered General Nurse (RGN)

Nicola Harris

Nicola Harris

Sometimes life seems hard and we just don’t know why and/or what we think or feel anymore and this impacts our mood and behaviour. 

Talking to someone in a confidential setting away from your usual support group may be the support that you need. Most of my clients relate to one or more of the following: 

  • The reality of our lives is different than what we expected 
  • Feel anxious and/ or stressed and/or worried 
  • Have low motivation 
  • Have suffered loss and are finding it hard to cope  
  • Unexpected curve balls have thrown them off track 
  • Feel they are losing a grip and are spinning too may plates 
  • Struggling meeting the demands of others e.g. family members, friends, and work colleagues 
  • Feel lost, hopeless and unfulfilled 
  • Not enjoying life like they used to 
  • Struggling to relax and have sleep issues 
  • Seeking temporary comfort from things such food, drink or other substances 
  • Dealing with cancer or other illnesses 
  • Redundancy and change in the workplace 

As an integrative trained counsellor, I firmly believe it’s ok to not be ok.  During the first client meeting I check that clients are happy to work with me and will feel comfortable allowing me to sit with them using Person Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills as appropriate to help them gain a greater understanding of themselves. During the sessions I may share tools and techniques to help clients deal with life’s challenges and hopefully improve their mood and outlook. 

I am particularly interested in CBT and I’m currently studying to gain further qualifications in this field and regularly attend training sessions to improve my overall knowledge and skills 

Many of my clients comment that they’ve found our counselling sessions helpful and have benefitted from being listened to, not judged and having a safe place to share and explore their thoughts and feelings, even though initially this felt strange. 

Counselling is an investment in you and my sessions will be totally focussed on your intended outcomes.  

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow their ethical framework. 

In addition to counselling experience, I have over 30 years commercial experience as a senior manager leading and supporting diverse teams. I’ve worked with and supported youth and young adults for many years as a voluntary Youth Leader. 

During the pandemic I have been working as counsellor at Mind and HealthBox offering zoom/telephone counselling. 





Laura Harwood

Laura is a Chartered Clinical psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working within NHS settings primarily with children, young people and families to support mental health and well-being. She has worked with people of different ages with a variety of issues some of which include low mood, anxiety, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder and physical health problems.

Laura offers an integrative approach, drawing upon different evidence based therapeutic approaches to match personal preferences and goals. These include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) informed approaches, solution focused therapy, acceptance and compassion focused therapies and narrative therapy.

Laura is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and is a recognised provider for BUPA.

Sharon Hunter-Armitage

Sharon Hunter-Armitage

Sharon is a qualified  and experienced Person Centred counsellor and hypnotherapist working with adults and teenagers.

She has a wide range of experience, working successfully with survivors of child sexual abuse, trauma, bereavement, anger issues, relationship difficulties and endings, coercive relationships self-esteem and many other issues. 

She has decades of business experience in large organisations and understands the challenges of the workplace.

She acknowledges that every person is a unique, multi-layered individual and will tailor her approach to suit them and their needs specifically

She listens to client in a welcoming, safe, confidential and completely accepting environment where they can take time to explore their thoughts and feelings.

The key healing factor is the relationship that develops between her and her clients.

Sharon’s clients have said :

“working with Sharon has been life changing for me, I am 42 and finally at peace with myself”

“I was able to share things I had kept to myself for decades’

“I feel really good since counselling, able to shrug things off which would normally have driven me mad. I can manage my anger now”

“Sharon helped me feel safe. I could trust her completely”

Training and Qualifications:

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy

Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Adult trauma

Certificate in Loss & Complex Bereavement

Additional training in Adverse Childhood Experiences and childhood trauma

NLP Practitioner

BA Hons Degree in Business Studies

Running leader (English Athletics Association)

She is registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and is fully insured. She is the deputy safeguarding lead at Heswall Hills Counselling Centre.


Faye’s core model is Person-Centred and client led, she is a qualified integrative counsellor & has a Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health. Faye has knowledge of different methods of therapy which enables her to meet the client’s needs to ensure a positive impact.

Faye is friendly and approachable, offering a safe place for clients to explore their issues without judgement.

Faye is a member of the British Association of Counsellor and Psychotherapists (BACP) and attends regular supervision to ensure that her quality of therapy and knowledge is up to speed.

Faye has her own private practice alongside volunteering for Age UK, which she has done so for two years. She can offer face to face or telephone counselling.

Faye has experience working with clients who have issues such as; Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, loss, relationships, stress & bereavement.

Caroline Kinealy

Caroline Kinealy

Caroline Kinealy, BA (Hons), MBACP (Registered),

Caroline is a friendly and approachable counsellor. She has a degree in person-centred counselling and is currently due to complete her integral eye movement therapy (due October 2021).

Caroline specialises in domestic abuse, however has a wide-ranging portfolio from her numerous experiences within both the voluntary and private sector. This best enables her to use other types of therapy to provide a bespoke plan to suit each client. She has worked with many issues including, Stress, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Low self-esteem, Trauma’s relating to present and past, Childhood abuse, Sexual abuse, Grief.

Caroline is fully insured and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). She attends monthly supervision to ensure a safe and ethical experience for clients and is regularly pursuing new training opportunities for the benefit of the client experience.


Jane Joe

Jane Joe

I am a fully qualified counsellor (level 5) who works integratively using person centered counselling to create a therapeutic relationship. I combine different techniques for what the person needs or desires, for example CBT, Psychodynamic therapy, Transactional Analysis and Solution focused therapy.

Before I started counselling, I spent many of my working years in helping relationships including care roles, working in the community and nursing homes.

I offer a safe and confidential place for people to be heard and listened too. I have a calm nature. I am warm, genuine and non-judgemental.

I have worked with people at the Macmillan Delamere Centre in Halton, supporting them with anxiety, panic attacks, grief and loss.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). The BACP follows a set of guidelines to make sure I am practicing ethically. I also have a supervisor who I see monthly.

I offer face to face counselling, with telephone and online counselling coming in the near future.

Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson

A fully qualified Counsellor trained in both Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  Jane can provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment enabling clients to explore their needs, goals and desired outcomes for therapy. Jane refers to her core model of Person Centred where she uses her skills and experience to build and maintain a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. Jane helps clients to feel at ease and allows them to work at their own pace maintaining client focus and adapting therapy to suit each individual’s needs. As a Counsellor with CBT training Jane works collaboratively with clients and where necessary can integrate a range of strategies and techniques within the CBT model with her experience mainly around; Stress, Panic Disorder, Anxiety and Depression. Jane is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) this ensures standards of all aspects of her work are maintained at the highest level.

Jane has previously worked for Age UK where clients experienced a wide range of problems, including; Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorder, Self-Esteem issues, Stress, Bereavement, Relationship Problems and Obsessive Behaviours including Excoriation Disorder (excessive skin picking). Prior to this Jane worked at the Open Door Centre for two years as a Mentor, supporting service users through the online CBT programme “Beating the Blues”.


Patrica Jordan

My name is Patricia Jordan, I am a fully qualified Integrative counsellor and CBT Level 5 Practitioner. My ethos is to ‘treat the person not the condition’ which enables me to work holistically creating an environment of safety, understanding and trust without judgement.

I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a professional body that provides an ethical framework and guidelines which I adhere to in my practice. I specialise in working with adults to overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, low self-esteem, loss and relationship issues.

My background is in nursing and health promotion, training as an RGN at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. I was the Lead Coordinator for Age Concern Liverpool’s Ageing Well Project which addressed health promotion and wellbeing in the over 60’s.

Since qualifying over the last two years, I have worked within the voluntary sector in Age UK Wirral working with clients with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, loss, bereavement, and relationship issues.

Life can be overwhelming at times and sometimes we may need a little help to sort out life’s problems. I believe that providing a safe environment is central to the therapeutic relationship, which enables my clients to explore the sources and solutions to their personal challenges.

If you are ready to learn, grow and challenge yourself to find the best version of yourself, I am the therapist for you. My goal is to help you find the best coping strategies and tools that work for you, which you can use for many years to come.

Louise Lemanski

Louise Lemanski

Louise is a qualified counsellor specialising in Person-Centred therapy. Her focus is to establish an accepting and trusting relationship with each client and to offer a warm, safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space where their unique experiences of life will be heard and their emotional wellbeing will be supported. She works with a diverse range of adults and young people on a one to one basis and has established counselling experience within private and voluntary organisations including Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, West Cheshire bereavement service and Childline. Her background involves working with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, perinatal mental health, complexities surrounding grief and loss, childhood related issues, issues surrounding shame and self-worth, and relationship difficulties including couples, family and parent/child relationships.


Louise is a registered member with the BACP with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling. She also has over ten years’ experience working in the education sector and continues to support children’s emotional development through parent and child workshops.

Fiona Manley

Fiona Manley

Fiona has a Degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Counselling qualifying her in Person Centred counselling. This is a talking based therapy through shared engagement she will facilitate your exploration of issues in your life. As the client you build your own awareness you discover your personal strengths, resilience, discovering your direction and meaning in your own life. She has experience within a GP surgery, seeing clients who have felt stuck in life, fearful, unsure how to move forward. She has assisted clients with a variety of issues, including anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties and lack of motivation and engagement in life.

Fiona works in a Children’s Hospice working with parents who are bereaved or parenting children with life limiting conditions. Her research dissertation in the area of mother’s experience of neonatal loss.  She has worked with mothers and fathers struggling after loss in further pregnancies.

Fiona has a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In offering this therapy she assists you as the client to understand the interactions between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and how they can negatively impact you in your everyday life.  She has training in REWIND, which is a  technique which can reduce frequency and intensity of intrusive memories after traumatic incidents.

She continues to develop her practice and has undertaken professional training in working with Trauma, Domestic Violence and Suicide ideation, online therapy and walk and talk therapy.

Gill Morris

Gill Morris

Gill is a fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and believes that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfil his or her potential. Gill believes in treating people with dignity and respect by being aware of and supporting personal perspectives, values, beliefs and preferences. Gill has previous experience working with clients within the NHS and at Liverpool Bereavement Centre presenting with a wide variety of issues including; Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Anxiety, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Attachment Issues, Bereavement, Bullying, Cancer, Career, Carer Support, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dementia, Depression, Loss, Self Esteem and Personal Development.

Gill is also a teacher and a specialist in Early Years. She has worked for many years as an Early Years Lead of a Foundation Unit and Early Years Coordinator and gained valuable experience and knowledge working with young children. Gill is involved with the personal, social and emotional development of each child. She has a genuine interest in helping children develop a positive sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour and to have confidence in their own abilities. Gill has worked and dealt with children presenting with a wide variety of issues including; ADHD, Anger Management, Anxiety, Phobias, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attachment Disorder, Behaviour Problems, Bullying, Learning difficulties, Depression and Anxiety and Separation Anxiety.

Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Loss and Bereavement Training, BH (Hons), PGCE. Professional Membership with the BACP which ensures she is working to the highest possible ethical standards and fully insured.

Georgia Marnell

Georgia Marnell

Georgia is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and has a BA Hons Degree in Health and Wellbeing. She offers her clients a safe space, where they are listened to and understood without judgement. Georgia works in a Person Centred model where she is empathetic, understanding and guides her clients to self-discover, explore issues and find solutions to the matters addressed.

Georgia will also bring in other Therapeutic modals in to her sessions such as Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis therapy to suit the needs or preference of her clients. Georgia has had additional Cognitive and Behavioural Training and will utilise her skills to help clients look at their thoughts and feelings to help cope and behave in positive and healthy ways.

Before Counselling training Georgia worked in various health related roles such as care work with the elderly, sexual health with young people and the general public to promote good health and healthy lifestyles.

Georgia has worked in the NHS for 8 years and to current day also works as an Allied Health Professional in a community and intermediate care setting.

Georgia has gained valuable experience working with people from all ages and walks of life and currently works with people with chronic health conditions, disabilities, social issues, holistic health care and therapy needs to help vulnerable people be safe and independent in their own environments.

She has also volunteered at Wirral Mind as an Integrative Counsellor for over four years where she has gained experience working with mental health issues ranging from, anxiety, depression, low mood, self-esteem and confidence issues, PTSD,  OCD, relationship issues, family conflict, work stress, general burn out and carer breakdown.

Georgia has completed various online training including Telephone and Online Counselling, Mental capacity training and deprivation of liberty safeguards and Workplace Coaching.  She is a registered and proficient member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and works within their ethical guidelines. Georgia has monthly supervision to ensure she is working safely and ethically with her clients and offers face to face Counselling and Telephone Counselling, with the aim to do Online Therapy in the future.

Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry

Hello and thank you for looking at my profile. I love counselling and have been qualified for 9 years. During that time I’ve worked with serving police officers and civilian staff at Merseyside Police, those supported by the Victim Support Homicide Service, young people at a VI Form College and employees referred by an Occupational Health provider.  In my private practice I’ve always worked with adults and young people across a range of issues such as trauma, abuse, addiction, anger management, anxiety, depression, bullying, work related stress, eating disorders, low self esteem, stress, suicidal thoughts, OCD, panic attacks, self harm, and bereavement.

‘Extremely easy to talk to’….’turned things around for me’…. ’patient’….’kind’….’helped save my life’….being just some of the favourable feedback from clients.  I offer in person and online appointments and a free 15 minute chat over the phone for you to decide whether you think I am right for you.

I’ll tell you a little bit about me, but keep it brief.  I know that being a counsellor is something that was always meant for me because I have an affinity with people and being able to be ‘with’ them.  My journey started with a basic counselling course, and this was when I knew that my Civil Service days were limited because I realised very quickly that being a counsellor was my calling.

We are all different as human beings, experiencing different emotions, feeling different pain, needing different things….’the shoe that fits one person pinches another’….and that’s what makes us unique.  I acknowledge that uniqueness and that’s why I work with you using an integrative approach which means I bring in what it is I feel you need to flourish.  I think that’s really important, to feel comfortable in your own skin.  I provide a safe haven to listen to you without judgement.

I also offer Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – a gentle therapy which helps to reduce emotional distress by tapping on our own acupressure points.  It can do some amazing things to remove life-limiting barriers and change the way we look at things – maybe beliefs about ourselves that may be holding us back.  Perhaps we have all experienced that ‘imposter syndrome’ from time to time…

My qualifications are Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4  AQA  Dip.Couns, MBACP (Reg) and Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner EFT Prac, EFTi (Accred). I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  As an accredited EFT practitioner I am registered with EFT International.  I am fully insured and registered with the ICO. I have regular supervision consistent with safe and professional practice and undertake ongoing CPD to update and improve my counselling practice.

Megan Price

Megan Price

Hi, I’m Megan, an integrative counsellor and I can offer face to face, online or telephone sessions.

Life can be hard and sometimes it can feel truly overwhelming to attempt to manage it alone. Whether you’re stressed with work, juggling family commitments or feeling trapped in a toxic relationship, I aim to offer my clients a safe, non-judgement space to talk through any issues and make sense of what is truly going on for them.

The style of counselling I offer is grounded in person centred theory , which means I keep my clients needs and goals at the forefront of our work together. If appropriate, I may also suggest implementing some cognitive behavioural therapy coping strategies, if this could help to restructure some thought processes.

I understand taking the steps to seek support can be daunting and I want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible.

I offer a free 20 minute discovery call for me to answer and questions or concerns you may have and find out if we would be a good fit to work together.

I currently work privately, volunteer for Age Uk and I’m studying towards a Masters Degree in Psychosexual Therapy.

Peter Reaney

Peter Reaney

Peter Reaney – Dip(couns), Dip(ClinHyp), MBACP

Peter is a fully qualified integrative counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist and works using a combination of therapeutic modalities ( Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT, Person Centred, Transactional Analysis TA  and tailors his approach to best suit the needs of his clients.

He is a genuine, warm, empathetic and compassionate person with excellent communication skills and works in a very clear and easily understandable way. He provides a safe and confidential space for you to examine life issues and gain a clearer understanding of the catalysts that give rise to them. Through the counselling process he will help you discover more positive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving which will help you move to a less conflicted way of being. The counselling process enables underlying problems to surface so that they can be addressed and dealt with in a healthy and proactive way. If there is an understanding of why the problem developed in the first place it will help you to devise and develop coping strategies to prevent its reoccurrence.

After an initial free phone consultation where you can talk about what brings you to therapy Peter can arrange a convenient date and time for your first session. The phone consultation helps Peter to begin formulating  the best way to meet your individual needs. Throughout your sessions Peter will help you to work towards the changes you hope for. Therapy can sometimes temporarily create challenging feelings until progress and change begins and working together with Peter these feelings can enhance your understanding and acceptance of yourself. Peter believes that this is your time and space and will work with you at your pace, with whatever you feel you want to bring to the sessions.

Peter has a special interest in coping with long term illness and medical conditions and has personnel experience over the majority of his life.

Peter has experience working with a wide variety of issues, including but not restricted to: Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Negative core beliefs, Men’s issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues.

Peter is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adheres to their ethical framework and codes of practice and has regular supervision ensuring high professional standards.


Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond

Michelle is an Integrative Counsellor who blends Person-Centred Counselling with other counselling modalities to suit the needs of her clients.  Her core counselling model of Person-Centred Counselling is where her clients lead the discussions and decide what they explore in sessions to discover their own solutions to their unique issues. Michelle also has a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory and will use elements of CBT in her work with her clients.

Michelle knows that the relationship between her and her clients is an essential element to her counselling work.  She offers all her clients a free of charge informal chat before she starts working with them.  She provides her clients with a safe space to explore their thoughts and feelings.  She accepts them for who they are.  She supports and listens to them without judgement.

Michelle developed her counselling skills and experience whilst working at Age UK, Cruse Bereavement Care, Wirral Hospice St John’s, and Arrowe Park Hospital’s Reminiscence Team. She therefore has a wide range of experience in many areas including abuse, anxiety, anger, bereavement, dementia, depression, health issues, loss, low self-esteem and low confidence, relationship issues, worry and many more.

Michelle continues to volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care where she gains more skills and supports people with their loss, their grief, and the range of emotions that bereavement can bring such as guilt, denial, anger, and depression.

Michelle has additional training in dementia care, online counselling, working creatively with loss, working with child loss, working with long terms health conditions, relationship counselling and major incident training. Michelle has special interest in supporting carers of those living with dementia and those recovering from breast surgery.

Michelle is a member of the BACP and is fully insured.

Michelle says “From time-to-time life feels tough. Sometimes we are our own worst critic rather than best friend. You are the expert on you. I will support you and listen to you whilst we work together to try and discover why you are feeling, thinking, and behaving the way that you are. Sometimes I will act as your teacher and you my student, but we will always be a team working towards your goals.”

Lee Rowland

Lee Rowland

Lee is a Psychodynamic/CBT Therapist. He is proficient in issues including, Early Life Experiences, OCD/Phobias, Anxiety/Depression, Addiction, Alcohol/Drug issues, Work Related Stress, PTSD, Bereavement, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Panic Disorder.

Lee has experience working in illicit drug and alcohol recovery and with clients with complex needs. He also has many years’ experiences of working with vulnerable adults and families and is capable and competent working within stressful environments.

Lee has helped many break through the obstacles holding them back; Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let Lee help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals.

A member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist’s (BACP). A professional body who set out an Ethical Framework that all members are required to adhere to. Lee’s membership shows commitment to working safely and ethically and his regular supervision ensures that professional standards and boundaries are maintained.

Lee offers face to face, video or telephone counselling therapy. Whichever a client feels more comfortable with.

Maria Sabo

Maria Sabo

Maria is a BACP accredited Integrative Counsellor, a Counselling Supervisor, an EMDR Practitioner and a Qualified Civil and Business Mediator.

In her work Maria uses the Person Centred , CBT and Psychodynamic approaches in a way that is tailored to her client’s needs and preferences.

Maria has a Level 5 Diploma in the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach which allows her to offer more specialised support when supporting clients with Low mood, Depression, Stress,  Anxiety and Relationships issues.

Using her EMDR training , Maria  can support people that have experienced  traumatic events or have issues with anticipatory anxiety, OCD, Addictions and other issues.

Maria has worked for organisations such as:

Wirral Age UK supporting people with Bereavement, Common life problems and  Mild to Moderate Mental Health issues.

CAIS – supporting people with substance misuse issues, and Mental Health issues.

Action for Children– supporting  young people 11+ years old with common life problems and mental health issues and more recently

PAM Wellbeing – supporting people with common life problems,  Mental Health issues, trauma, successfully returning to work after long or short term work absences and delivering critical  incidents debriefings, workshops,  supportive reflective practice sessions.

Maria has additional training in areas such as working with Suicide, Sleeping problems, Weight management problems and Dementia.

Maria offers  face to face , telephone and video sessions and has a background in Nursing  Management.


Hannah Sadler

Hannah Sadler

Hannah is a Qualified Person-Centred Counsellor with experience of working with recent and historic sexual abuse, trauma, bereavement, loss, anger, stress, anxiety, domestic violence, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, emotional and physical abuse. Hannah can work with adults, children and young people.

Hannah is currently employed as a counsellor at a Rape Support Centre, delivering Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) to children and young people. This therapy can include therapeutic work with parents and carers. Previous working roles within sexual abuse have also been as an ISVA for both children and adults and facilitating adult survivor support groups.

Additional previous counselling settings have included counselling adults at a Bereavement Service who were experiencing a wide range of issues such as complicated or delayed grief, anger, shock, guilt, hopelessness and anxiety.

During her 8 years of volunteering and working at Childline, Hannah offered child centred therapeutic support to children and young people facing a wide range of issues. It was within this role that Hannah completed the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) training to enable her to support those in crisis or experiencing ongoing suicidal thoughts.

Hannah offers a relaxed atmosphere with her warm and approachable manner alongside a confidential and non-judgemental space. She is passionate about ensuring a client centred approach to adults, children and young people; offering a space where clients can work at their own individual pace with whatever issues they wish to focus on.

Additional information: Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Able to offer face to face, telephone or video sessions and can offer short- or long-term sessions.  


Stacy Scarisbrick

Stacy Scarisbrick

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, with my core model being person centered. I am currently studying to achieve my level 5 qualification in cognitive behavior therapy, and I believe By being able to offer a variety of different counselling approaches it enables me to support client with their individual needs.

I believe that one of the most important attributes that a counsellor can have, is the ability of providing a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment, to allow clients to work through their problems or concerns, and that is what I strive to offer.

I am currently a registered member of the British Association of counselling and psychotherapy, which means that I adhere to standards and guidelines set out, to ensure that I am working ethically and safe. 

I have worked for the NHS for 6 years as a senior maternity support worker, which has enabled me to gain experience in anti-natal and post-natal mental health.

I have been a volunteer Counsellor for WEB Merseyside for 2 years, providing support for a range of different issues, such as Anxiety, Depression, Low self-esteem, Sexual Abuse, Loss, Relationship, self-harm and bereavement.

Jenni Scott

Jenni Scott

Hi, I’m Jenni. I’m an integrative counsellor meaning I use a variety of different approaches including some C.B.T techniques, but my main theoretical approach is person–centred counselling, meaning that I put you, the client, at the heart of everything I do. Life can be very challenging at times, but I believe that you have the ability and the resilience to make positive changes for yourself moving forwards; I can facilitate you in this process. Presenting issues that I work with are: stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, loss, and burnout.

My career background is in education and I currently lecture in counselling for the CPCAB exam board at a local college. As well as counselling adults, I work as a counsellor in a local secondary school, supporting young people to make sense of some of the difficulties that they are facing.

I am a member of the BACP and adhere to its ethical code.

I am really passionate about what I do and I look forward to working with you on your journey to becoming a happier and healthier version of you.

Dr Am Singh 

Dr Am Singh 

Dr Am Singh BSc (Hons), PhD, DClinPsy, CPsychol, Clinical Psychologist (HCPC Registered)

Am is an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of experience working in Adult Mental Health Services in the NHS. He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist and a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) within the British Psychological Society. Am has worked within Secondary and Primary Care settings in the NHS with clients that have a wide range of moderate to severe mental health difficulties such as anxiety disorders (phobias, panic disorder, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety, GAD, PTSD), work related stress, bereavement, depression, dissociative disorders, personality disorders and the complex comorbidity of such difficulties. In addition, he has a special interest in helping people with Neuropsychological difficulties as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that stems from his degree in Psychology and Neuroscience and his doctoral research. Am has also worked within the private sector with case managed clients that have sustained a TBI.

Prior to qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Am worked in a multinational company as a project manager and research scientist therefore, understands how work related stress can impact on an individual’s ability to function and the unintended consequences.

Am offers assessment, formulation and interventions of mental health/neuropsychological difficulties. The mental health interventions are based on empirically proven approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), and mindfulness based dialectic behavioral therapy skills. Other approaches include Brief Solution Focused Therapy and CBT.  For more entrenched difficulties that may involve childhood trauma Am uses Schema Therapy or integrative approaches. Specific to brain injury Am has also experience of compensatory rehabilitation and utilizing empirically proven computer based cognitive rehabilitation training to aid in the recovery of information processing after TBI.

Since qualification Am has, obtained chartered status with the BPS, trained as an EMDR Practitioner and undertaken specialist training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for trauma. He is a qualified Clinical Supervisor and has supervised psychologists and clinical psychologists in training. Am is also a member of the Private Practice Register which is used by a number of different insurance providers such as Aviva, AXA PPP and Vitality Health. He holds a separate registration with BUPA.


Annabelle Smith

Annabelle Smith

A qualified warm and friendly, integrative counsellor working with adults and young people. I use varying amounts of person-centred, psychodynamic and CBT depending on what it is you bring to the sessions. I am great believer one size rarely fits all and do my best to work around you.

I have a special interest in working with anxiety, trauma and depression. I have further training in physical, sexual and emotional abuse and I am qualified to work with individuals or groups using the Survivor to Thriver programme. For many years I have worked with young people and most recently I worked therapeutically at Childline after volunteering there for several years. This gave me valuable experience and further training in safeguarding, self-harm, suicidal ideation, gender identity and bullying. Currently I am working privately and have gained valuable experience in many areas. Several of these I am taking forward and doing further training in such as eating disorders and attachment.

I am passionate about counselling and what it can offer and believe no matter how difficult life may seem we are all capable of change. Together we will work towards resolving any issues, behaviours or thoughts that you feel are having an impact on your life, while at the same time allowing you to become more self-aware and so facilitating change and giving you the confidence to go forward and live the life you deserve.

David Soares

David Soares

Dr David Soares is an Educational Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is currently employed by a large, local authority in the Northwest of England, alongside his role as Director of DS Educational Psychology. Further, David also attends as an Honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester.

As a parent, it is normal to have concerns about the difficulties your child may face at school, but when faced with so many options and contradictory advice, finding the best source of support can become overwhelming and frustrating.

What so many other options fail to address is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. As an Educational Psychologist, David understands the importance of adopting an individual approach for each child, as children vary both in their experiences and their development.

David offers a comprehensive Educational Psychologist assessment, to help better equip you to support your child’s individual needs both at home and in school. David can also provide assessments in situations where concerns are raised by educational professionals, to help find the best approach. David will provide you with a comprehensive report of the process and involvement, so that you can easily access the information and share with other professionals involved in your child’s progress. This report can be used as supporting documentation should you need to apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to obtain further support, and for older children, it can be implemented to help them receive extra time/support in their examinations.

Chris Stafford

Chris Stafford

It can be overwhelming to not be living a life that feels truly yours, emotionally resulting in anxiety, depression, and sadness. This can result in a constant cycle of thoughts that can hurt you, lead you to feeling empty, lost, alone and preferring to feel differently in your life. Being in such a painful place, I understand that it can be confusing, conflicting and leave us feeling that we are just existing in our lives.

Exploring how we truly feel and think about our experiences can provide us with great insight towards ourselves, our behaviours, and our responses to the unpredictable nature of life and our relationship with ourselves, others, and things. I truly believe understand our thoughts and feelings in relation to life experiences can support us to heal.

As an integrative counsellor, I provide a safe therapeutic space, which is client led, always working at your pace to support you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with me in a way that you are comfortable with. My therapy services are provided with empathy, respect, and acceptance towards you.

I am experienced in working with depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, relationship issues and workplace discrimination. I have completed additional training to offer optimum support to clients in relation to PTSD, sexual abuse, self-harm, addiction, and sex.

I have delivered training events and webinars around grief and loss, suicidal ideation and emotional issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community to trainee and qualified counsellors and within the public sector. I have worked comprehensively in a clinical setting supporting individuals with multiple personality disorder, psychosis, clinical depression, and dissociative disorders.

My aim is to get as close as I can to my client’s world to understand and feel how it truly feels to be them so that we can find a way to move forward in the direction that my client chooses. I am experienced

Value towards you is firmly embedded in my counselling practice, enabling me to really hear and be present with you and the uniqueness of the experience you bring. I offer to accompany you on a very personal, and often difficult journey, with the knowledge, ability, and professionalism to that enables me to hold a safe therapeutic space for you to explore safely without the fear of judgement or rejection. 

Whatever is troubling you, holding you back or reducing the amount of joy you feel in your day-to-day life – I am ready to hear what is creating that sadness or emptiness and preventing you from experiencing a more peaceful life. 

All my qualifications are Counselling/Psychotherapy related. I am a fully insured therapist who is also registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to ensure I am fully compliant with storage of any data within my work. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have advanced my core counselling training and qualification to BSc (Hons) standard to ensure I am able to offer varied therapeutic interventions, so you receive the optimum experience from your therapy. 

All counselling sessions are tailored to the individual client.




Lindsay is a fully trained Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Holistic therapist. Lindsay’s approach is broadly humanistic, although her core training is the Person-Centred approach, she will often draw on her Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training to suit each clients individual needs.

Lindsay believes offering a warm friendly, confidential, and non-judgemental safe space provides the basis for a strong therapeutic relationship, essential for her model of psychotherapy. Lindsay is also an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which ensures she is working to the highest possible ethical standards.

Lindsay has previous experience working with clients within the NHS and at the Centre with a wide range of people who present with a wide variety of issues including ;

Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Loss, Bereavement, Bullying, Panic Attacks, Abuse, Obsessions, Work Related Stress, Addictions, Self-Harm, OCD, Self Esteem, Anger and Personal Development.

Lindsay has a special interest in helping clients overcome anxiety related issues and can collaboratively encourage clients to learn strategies enabling them to continue their development outside of the counselling space when it feels appropriate.

Lindsay also has twenty years experience working as a holistic therapist helping clients to appreciate the link between care for the whole self ( body, mind and soul) and may actively incorporate mindfulness as part of her practice to help clients achieve optimal well-being.

Lindsay Swain

Lindsay Swain


Makaela Thomas

Makaela Thomas 

Makaela is a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor combining Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy, she also holds a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and will combine these approaches to suit the needs of her clients. Makaela understands that life can be difficult, and no two individuals experience their struggles in the same way. She also knows that taking the first steps when you need support can be daunting.

Makaela believes that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of therapy, she believes that with the right condition’s clients are able to explore their issues and feelings more deeply, this aids their personal growth and change. Makaela offers a warm, friendly, confidential, and non-judgemental space for clients to work through their problems.

Makaela works with Adults, Young People and Children with a variety of needs and issues including abuse, addiction, drug and alcohol misuse, anger management, anxiety, Bereavement and loss, Depression, Stress, life transitions, low self-esteem, relationship issues. 

Makaela has previously volunteered with Age UK and AJ & Friends counselling services, counselling adults 18+, she has also worked in secondary schools across the Wirral counselling 11-18 year olds and volunteered with Place 2 Be counselling 5-11 year olds using a play therapy model.

She is a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), a professional body who set out an Ethical Framework that all members are required to adhere to.

Jeni Timperley

Jeni Timperley

A fully qualified Integrative Counsellor with an additional Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Jeni’s style of work is pluralistic, drawing upon and integrating different theoretical approaches and techniques to tailor her work to suit the needs of her clients, this is underpinned by her broadly Person Centred approach.

Jeni Believes that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of therapy. With the right conditions clients are enabled to explore their issues and feelings more deeply, this in turn can facilitate personal growth and change. Jeni offers a warm, friendly, confidential and non-judgemental space for clients to work through their problems and areas of concern.

A member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), a professional Body who set out an Ethical Framework that all members are required to adhere to.  Jeni’s membership shows commitment to working safely and ethically and her regular supervision ensures that professional standards are maintained.

Jeni has counselled both privately and in the voluntary sector and is an experienced Counselling and Well-being Officer. She has a long background working in various Care, Support and administrative roles. She is able to work with a variety of client issues including: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Life Transitions, Relationships, Rumination, Social Anxiety, Low self Esteem, Loss and Bereavement.

Angela Turner

Angela Turner

Angela is an integrative counsellor with person-centred counselling at the heart of her practice.  She seeks to build a robust relationship with her clients to enable them to relax and feel they are in a supportive environment where they can safely and freely explore their issues and identify potential solutions.

Angela has supported clients with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, isolation, no sense of identity, dysfunctional family dynamics, estrangement, undiagnosed childhood abuse, loss, death and dying, poor self-worth, low motivation, lack of control, a sense of not being heard or listened to, anger and attachment issues.

Using different modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy and transactional analysis, Angela works with each individual person to identify the modality that will best support them to process their issues.  As well as working in a room-based environment, Angela also offers walking and talking therapy, where appropriate, finding this side-by-side, outdoor approach can offer clients the opportunity to explore their issues in a way that also enables them to connect with nature.

Angela also utilises mindfulness, guided-meditations and a range of other activities to support her clients.

Ellen Van Der Klauw

Ellen Van Der Klauw

Ellen works with individuals aged of 13 and over. Ellen is a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (CBT). She offers all her clients a safe, professional, non-judgemental and confidential environment in which they can explore any past or present issues. With her CBT work she offers evidence based interventions adapted to each individual’s needs and has experience of working with many different issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bereavement, stress, abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. Ellen is fully committed to continuing professional development and holds a range of additional certificates from counselling and CBT related workshops. Every year she completes safeguarding adults and children training and she has an up to date enhanced DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) certificate.

BSc (Hons). Degree in Psychology; Fast Track Intermediate Certificate in Counselling; Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling; Postgraduate Diploma in CBT


Jimmy Waldron

James is a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor (Level 5 Degree with Distinction) , working primarily with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis (TA). James offers a relaxed and safe space where he and his clients can work together through any issues brought, in an environment where all work will be underpinned by the core conditions of Empathy, Unconditional Positive Regard (Non judgemental warmth and acceptance) and Congruence (Genuineness). Due to his integrative qualifications and experience, James is able to offer a style of counselling that suits his  clients specific needs, meaning he can incorporate a wide range of different interventions and techniques from all the theories he uses, to assist the client in working towards their therapeutic goals. James has experience working with a wide variety of issues, including, but not restricted to, Anxiety, Stress, Bereavement, Grief, Self-esteem, Depression, Cancer (Terminal and non-terminal), Negative core beliefs and Negative Automatic Thoughts – during the past year he has worked extensively with people suffering with eating disorders and OCD related issues.

James is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follows their ethical framework in all of his counselling.

James has been counselling at the Macmillan Delamere Centre in Halton for almost 2 years, has also spent time counselling students at Riverside College in Halton, while also counselling NHS, teaching staff and local government employees in the Merseyside and Cheshire region during a large part of the pandemic and is one of the founding members of Halton Counselling Networking HQ – a group for local counsellors to network, share best practice and develop their own knowledge. During his training, James volunteered at a Halton Junior school in the role of student mentor, working with children with a variety of different issues, who were in need of someone to listen to them and work through issues with them.


It is not possible to offer emergency support in a crisis. If you are concerned that you may harm yourself or someone else you should contact your GP or go to the nearest A&E department

99 Brimstage Road
Heswall Hills
CH60 1XF

07912 651539



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