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B.Ed.(Hons), M.A., M.Sc., Dip. Counselling
Mark is a Person-Centred Counsellor with a Level 7 qualification. He is registered with the BACP as a Counsellor for adults and has more than 20 years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist for Local Authorities. There may be something on your mind now, at this time in your life. You may feel depressed, worried or anxious after a relationship breakdown, a bereavement, problems at work or family issues? Perhaps you can’t stop worrying about what other people think of you. Or maybe you’ve always felt there was something wrong and now you want to talk to someone. This might be the right time to work with a counsellor like Mark with life experience who won’t judge and will take your problems seriously. Research shows that good counselling depends on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. That’s why Mark offers Person-Centred counselling, based on evidence that empathy and care make a good relationship and help you to grow. He works to create a confidential, safe place to experience compassion for who you are and help you find a new outlook on life. Mark’s clients have said: ‘I just felt heard. That really mattered.’ ‘I feel like a weight has lifted off me.’ ‘My problems haven’t gone away, but they feel smaller.’ ‘No one has ever wanted to know how I feel before.’
MSc CBT, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Practice, Diploma Nursing- Mental Health. Professional Membership with the BABCP & RCN. Registered with the NMC & ICO.
Elsa is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Registered Mental Health Nurse with over twenty years’ experience working with adults with complex and enduring mental health needs in third sector services. Elsa works in a management capacity in Nursing and as a Sessional Therapist at a Rape and Sexual Abuse service. Elsa has provided CBT across a wide range of client groups with both mild, moderate and complex presentations including anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, psychosis and substance use. Elsa uses defined CBT interventions based on scientific principles for specific problem areas, including trauma-focussed CBT and believes that identifying personal values and strengths are central in guiding people to work creatively towards their own recovery. Elsa demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct and is keen to apply her experience and compassion in helping people to move forward with their lives.
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.
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.
Jo is a fully qualified Solution Focused Practitioner, SFBT is a ‘solution’ focused therapy which can help almost anyone. It focuses on where you would like to get to and how you want to change things, rather than where you have come from or where you are right now. Jo has worked in private practice helping individuals through Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She has worked mainly in the charitable sector and has successfully helped clients with a range of issues such as addiction, anxiety, stress, family dynamic issues or life’s general struggles.
Jo will help you by focusing on what you hope for, guiding you through a conversation in a relaxed atmosphere, so that you are able to move forwards to the future you would prefer. Jo will work with you to find solutions and so make positive changes more quickly, rather than focusing on previous life experiences or the problem/s that may have brought you to therapy in the first place. By doing this, rather than revisiting the problem over and over, SFBT can be ‘brief’ and therefore the number of sessions required may be as little as two to five! A real benefit when budgeting.
Jo is a friendly and approachable practitioner who believes that SFBT is an extremely effective approach, providing you with a ‘toolkit for change’, so helping you move forward, no matter what life has thrown at you.
Christine is a Qualified Integrative Counsellor and a Life Coach, working in a school with children between 6 – 11 years of age. She is originally from Northern Ireland and has spent the last six and half years working and volunteering, in different areas of care, while completing her training, to help her understand, what issues people live with day to day, how they deal with these issues and what support is on offer to help them. Christine approaches all her therapies in a Person-Centred way, ensuring she offers her clients an environment where they will feel comfortable, valued and respected, allowing them to explore any past or present issues or goals for their future. Christine can integrate different models of Counselling and Coaching, to suit the needs of each individual client, ensuring the client is kept at the heart of the therapy. Christine works also in a Children’s Residential Behavioural Unit as a Childcare Officer and at The Hive, in Birkenhead, as a Youth worker and Mentor working with children, young people and adults between 8 – 25 years of age.
Christine has experience of working with issues such as, Anxiety, Loss and Grief, Relationships, Sexual abuse, Self-esteem, Child related issues, depression, stress, anger and ADHD and Autism. Christine is a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their Ethical Framework.
Dr Samantha Fitzpatrick CPsychol, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
Member of BABCP, HCPC registered, GDPR Compliant
Sam is chartered clinical psychologist and joined the NHS in 2008. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults. She is currently clinical lead working with first episode psychosis and uses evidence-based therapies, such as CBT for psychosis/bipolar affective disorder and Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT), to provide a more holistic psychological treatment for clients. Sam trains and supervise staff to enhance the psychological approach to mental health in the team. She has also previously worked in IAPT services, both as a practitioner and supervisor, in a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety disorders such as panic, phobias, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD and trauma. Sam uses both CBT and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression as per NICE guidelines. She also use other types of therapy such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for personality issues and compassion-focused therapy (CFT) for shame-based difficulties. Sam also undertakes assessment and treatment for medico-legal purposes.
Sam has worked privately alongside her NHS work for four years and has been able to help many clients. Difficulties have ranged from stress to bipolar affective disorder to personality difficulties. She is very passionate about supporting clients in their recovery and will do all she can to alleviate distress.
Sam is registered will most insurance companies including AVIVA, AXA PPP and CIGNA and will be registered with BUPA from October 2018.
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 the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), member of EMDR UK and Ireland Association. Fully Insured.
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.
Ellie is a psychologist with 10 years’ experience working with people to improve their mental health and wellbeing. She is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council.
Through her private practice, she provides a range of services including psychological assessment, diagnosis (where appropriate), therapy and wellbeing packages. Her focus is on helping people to get the most out of life by giving them the skills they need to overcome obstacles to their mental health and make positive changes to improve their wellbeing.
Ellie has a BA (hons) in psychology from the University of Manchester and a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Teesside University. She has trained in a range of various therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Transactional Analysis (TA), psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness.
Ellie has worked in a variety of public, private and research settings, including the NHS, where she has helped people with a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and personality disorders. She also writes a lot on the topics of mental health and psychology and provide expert commentary for the print and broadcast media.
Ellie’s philosophy is based on compassion, hope and hard work. Whatever you need help with, she always aims to offer a friendly and non-judgmental space in which you can explore your problems, heal and grow. Getting the most out of life isn’t easy. She can help you figure out what’s really important to you and work with you to build the skills you need to live the life you want. Ellie says, “I can’t do it for you, but I will walk alongside you on this part of your journey while you get to where you want to be.”
Sharon is a qualified Person Centred therapist with experience of working with bereavement, loss, sexual abuse, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, self-esteem, anger, stress and bullying. If you are you feeling unhappy or are struggling with aspects of your life or your relationships she will listen to you in a safe, confidential and completely accepting environment where you can take time to talk and explore your thoughts and feelings. Key to the healing factor in her approach to counselling is the relationship that develops between her and her clients. She has decades of experience as a senior leader in large business organisations and understands the negative impact of workplace stress, bullying, demotivation, constant change and conflict. Using the beauty of the external environment Sharon can also provide walking, jogging or running counselling in the outdoors if this is suitable for you. She is qualified with English Athletics Association.
Training and Qualifications: Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Certificate Loss & Bereavement , MA qualification in Mentoring , 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.
Trained in CBT, EMDR, Psychological Trauma and Person-Centred Therapy Andrea has experience of working with a wide range of clients and presentations, including anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, PTSD, addiction, self-harm, sexual and psychological abuse, low self-esteem and stress. Andrea has practiced both as a mental health Counsellor and CBT therapist for MIND and in primary health care in England and Wales. She has extensive experience of working with survivors of sexual violence/abuse as well as working with asylum-seekers and refugees. In addition to her psychotherapeutic training she has specifically trained in psychological trauma including Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and is also a trained EMDR practitioner. Andrea provides an integrative approach to therapy, adapting her therapeutic work to meet the individual needs of her clients. She is a registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BACP) and works within their professional and ethical guidelines. She is also a member of EMDR (UK and Ireland).
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”.
DR VICKI LEIDECKER
Vicki is a qualified Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered through the British Psychological Society. She has over 20 years NHS experience, working mainly with children and young people within CAMHS for the past 10 years. Vicki has experience in assessing and working with adults, adolescents and children, and providing therapy using a variety of assessment methods and therapeutic approaches including CBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Family Therapy including Narrative approaches and Psychodynamically informed therapy. She uses third wave CBT approaches, particularly Compassion Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Vicki is registered with BUPA and is able to accept referrals from clients who have funding from BUPA.
Vicki intervenes with difficulties such as generalised anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, depression, low mood, postnatal depression, trauma and posttraumatic stress, attachment difficulties, eating problems, bereavement, adjustment difficulties and stress. Vicki has worked in a range of health and education settings, most recently in a specialist SEN college for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition, offering cognitive and behavioural assessments and interventions to pupils, and consultation and supervision to parents and other professionals.
Vicki currently works as an Independent Clinical Psychologist with her own psychology practice, Seachange Psychology. She is employed as a consultant with a psychological therapy service which provides adoption support, therapy and counselling often following legal proceedings. Vicki works collaboratively with clients by drawing on psychological theory and the evidence base and creatively integrating a range of therapeutic approaches as appropriate.
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 is a qualified Person Centred Therapist. She understands that life can be difficult for any of us, and no two individual’s struggles are the same. She has a passion for working with you, as you examine your unique inner world. Through shared engagement in therapy she will facilitate you as the client, as you discover your personal strength and resilience, and find direction and meaning in your life. She has previously worked within a GP surgery, seeing a clients who have felt stuck in life, fearful and not known 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 counsels in a Children’s Hospice working with parents who are bereaved or parenting children with life limiting conditions. She completed her MA in Clinical Counselling, including a research dissertation in the area of mothers experience of neonatal loss. In her sessions, Fiona believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship. Her clients receive her undivided attention. She offers a non-judgemental, congruent and empathic listening ear, so that clients can safely explore who they are and how they would like to be.
She continues to develop her practice and has undertaken professional training in working with Trauma, Domestic Violence and Suicide ideation.
Emma is a BABCP, CORST and EMDR Europe Accredited psychotherapist and has previously worked as a specialist midwife in perinatal mental health. She has completed a BSc in reproductive and sexual health, a postgraduate diploma in psychosexual therapy, a Relate certificate in relationship therapy, a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR Europe Accredited training in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. She worked for Relate as a psychosexual and relationship therapist for a number of years.
Emma provides treatment for sexual, mood and anxiety problems and has a special interest in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, in 2015 completing an MSc in psychological trauma, her interest in this area being influenced by her work both as a psychosexual therapist and midwife. Her MSc dissertation was in the area of childbirth trauma. Her training as a CBT therapist and EMDR therapist enables her to provide evidence based, recommended treatments for PTSD, she has also completed additional training in compassion focused therapy. As part of her work as a specialist midwife, she offered assessment and treatment for women who developed PTSD as a result of childbirth. Emma has received four Iolanthe Midwifery Trust Awards in relation to her work surrounding birth trauma and has presented on this subject at numerous conferences throughout the UK.
Emma is registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), is an accredited member of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), an accredited member of the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT) and is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.
Emma is currently employed as a psychosexual therapist for the NHS, offering treatments for couples and individuals with sexual difficulties, her private practice offers psychosexual and relationship therapy, CBT and EMDR, she has clinics on the Wirral, Chester and North Wales.
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.
A fully qualified Integrative Counsellor Helen combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy and Person Centred Therapy, adapting her support to best suit the needs of the individual. Experienced at working with a range of issues including anxiety; depression; low self-esteem; anger; bereavement; OCD and more. Helen worked for 20 months at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd as a Bereavement Counsellor, supporting people with loss, grief and the range of emotions bereavement can bring such as guilt, denial, anger, depression. As a college student Counsellor Helen supported students 15yrs+ with such issues as self-harm, exam stress, bullying, low self-esteem, low confidence, relationship issues. Experienced at working within primary and high schools and an SEN academy, helping children and young people to work through a range of difficulties such as social/general anxiety, anger management, bullying, family tensions/breakdowns.
Additional training undertaken: Working therapeutically with Children and Young People; Working Therapeutically with adults and children with neurodevelopmental conditions; An Introduction to Autism.
Helen says, “During your sessions I will support you in exploring your thoughts and feelings. I will listen to you, accept and respect you. I will not judge you or tell you what to do. I will help you reach your own decisions based on what is right for you.”
Michelle is a qualified Integrative Counsellor who combines Person Centred Therapy with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. She currently works as a volunteer counsellor at Age UK and Cruse Bereavement Care and therefore is experienced in a wide range of presenting issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, bereavement, health, relationships and more. One of her specialisms is supporting the bereaved. Her work as a Bereavement Counsellor at Cruse Bereavement Care involves supporting people with their loss, grief and the range of emotions bereavement can bring such as guilt, denial, anger, depression. Additional training undertaken: Working creatively with loss, working with psychological trauma, working with the loss of a child or infant and working with clients with long term heath conditions.
Michelle says: “You might come to me thinking that I will be able to give you the answer to why you feel the way you do and that I can make you better. But you are unique, special and complex individual and only you, with my help, can work out why you feel the way you do. What I will be able to give you is the time and space to work out why you feel that way and how you might feel better. You are the expert on you. I will be your companion on your journey discover the best you that you can be.”
Maria is a BACP accredited integrative counsellor. 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 and is also a Qualified Counselling Supervisor. Maria has higher qualification in the CBT approach which allows her to offer more specialised support when supporting clients with Low mood, Depression, Stress Anxiety and Relationships issues. Maria has worked at Wirral Age UK supporting people with Bereavement, Common life problems and Mild to Moderate Mental Health issues. In the last couple of years Maria has focused her work supporting people with Addiction issues. She had also been working with Young People between the ages of 11 and 18 in Secondary Schools in Wirral. Maria has additional training in areas such as working with Suicide, Sleeping problems, weight management problems and Dementia.
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.
Susan is a professionally qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist with a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a CPCAB Level 5, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, (ASIST) training She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and she integrates different counselling modalities to best suit the needs of the individual. She has experience in working with Young People and Adults. Susan has experience with working with a wide range of people, men and women, younger and older and has worked with Wirral MIND, Age UK, WIRED, Action for Children and Headway. Susan has many years’ experience of supporting people, through voluntary and paid roles in the community before training to become a Counsellor. Susan is comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds and has experience of working with people who have experienced trauma, abuse, addiction, depression, marital difficulties and child-parent conflicts, bereavement, domestic violence, long term health issues, caring responsibilities and suicide. Miscarriage, teenage angst, health anxiety, eating disorders, body image issues, ADHD and adverse childhood experiences. She has experience, through work with Action for Children, of working with Young People struggling with various issues from anxiety and depression to body image issues and behavioural problems. She hase taken further training to understand the impact of Neurodevelopmental Conditions such as ADHD, Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Susan has worked extensively with people and their families coming to terms with an Acquired Brain Injury such as Stroke, Brain Tumour, Assault and Epilepsy and has undertaken further training to enable her to work with in this area in a counselling capacity. I currently work, for a local charity supporting unpaid Carers.
Training – CPCAB Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB Diploma Level 5 in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory, ASIST Suicide Intervention Skills, Youth Connect 5 – well-being development and resilience building for parents. Integral Eye Movement Therapy
Lindsay is a fully trained Counsellor and Holistic therapist. Lindsay’s approach is broadly humanistic, and 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 friendly, confidential, non-judgemental safe space provides the basis for a strong therapeutic relationship, essential for her model of psychotherapy. Lindsay is also a 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 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. Lindsay also has over 17 years’ experience working as a holistic therapist helping clients to understand the link between care for the whole self ( body, mind and soul) and optimal well-being.
Jen is an experienced practitioner, having worked within the NHS system, with Rape and Sexual Abuse (RASA) Merseyside and in private practice. She regularly works with clients whose presenting issues include trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and stress.Jen values enabling others, as shown in her choice of previous profession as teacher of children with Special Educational Needs and English. She also values personal development, training as a Person-Centred counsellor, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and she recently enjoyed a variety of Open University courses. She is currently expanding her Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) work. Jen regularly participates in training opportunities such as hypnotherapy, inner child work and safeguarding. She is also qualified to practise the Rewind Technique.Jen has two Master’s degrees (MA in Clinical Counselling; MEd. (SEN)) and a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory. She has also acquired two Certificates of Higher Education along the way! She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their professional and ethical guidelines.
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.
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
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), Eating disorders, Negative core beliefs and Negative Automatic Thoughts.
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 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.
I have been practising as a Person-Centred counsellor for almost 12 years, gaining my Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling whilst living in Wiltshire before moving back to home here on the Wirral. During those years I worked with several agencies offering counselling and support on a variety of issues. I gained experience working in women’s refuges working alongside those who have been through domestic abuse helping them to find the confidence to become more autonomous and to lead a healthier independent life. For many years I held a position at SSAFA (Sailors, Soldiers Airmen and their Families Association) working with personnel and their families on a huge range of issues including homelessness, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), relationships, bullying, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender), loneliness and isolation, harassment, self-harm and bereavement. As a family during our time in Wiltshire we became emergency foster carers dealing with teenage pregnancy and teenage parenting. I also have experience of dealing with long-term chronic illness including cancer and how this affects those with the diagnoses and those that support. Looking to the future after recently spending time as a school counsellor using play therapy to engage with primary school children, I hope to gain further experience in this area.
As a person-centred counsellor, I will endeavour to put your personal needs, wants, desires and goals at the centre of our counselling relationship. I will provide you with a safe and secure space to explore any issue you wish to bring to counselling and you will have the confidence to know that the space will be free from any preconceptions or judgements. I recognise that everything that is past can be interconnecting with the present and that this may be impacting on the here and now. I hope to help you find a more accepting positive sense of yourself and in doing so you are better able to move forward with your life feeling more calm, confident and in control of your mental and emotional health.
I believe that I am a warm, caring, open and honest person and that these attributes spill into my profession as a counsellor.
Ann is an experienced therapist who has worked across the private, public and charitable sectors and is currently based in CAHMS service in St Helens in the Barnardo’s Early intervention team. Alongside the therapy work Ann is an emotional health and well-being trainer, writing, developing and delivering bespoke training as well as being a registered trainer in both the ASIST programme and Young Peoples MHFA programme.
Ann’s previous work experience includes the Priory Hospital as a CBT therapist with adolescents and young adults, both inpatients and outpatients with a range of complex presenting issues and also as a young person’s drug and alcohol mis-use counsellor offering therapy to some of the most hard to reach, vulnerable young people across Merseyside. Ann also has a strong background in Domestic abuse and risk management and worked as YP IDVA in Liverpool and is also CADDA trained.
Ann offers therapy to people aged 10 and above with a range of presenting issues; depression, anxiety, OCD, Trauma, DV, low self-esteem, self- harm, thoughts of suicide, and is experienced working with Young people with ASD, ADHD and ODD. Ann works in a professional, non-judgemental way offering evidence-based CBT interventions in a person centred way with all her work being tailored to meet the needs and the emotional age of the client.
MSC in CBT -Edge Hill University. Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Therapy- The University of Chester. Member of BABCP and BACP. Registered ASIST (Applied suicide intervention skills training) trainer and an Approved Young Persons MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) trainer.
Lorraine is a fully qualified and experienced Person-Centred Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Teacher. Lorraine practices in Person Centred Counselling with over 10 years’ experience working in trauma specifically with adults and children affected by rape and sexual abuse. She offers clients a safe, non-judgemental and confidential setting in which they can explore any past or present issues. Lorraine provides an integrative approach of person-centred therapy and clinical hypnotherapy according to the needs of the client. Lorraine qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor in 2007 and Clinical Hypnotherapist in 2008 she has worked with clients suffering from a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, relationship issues fears and phobias. She also has an enhanced qualification in weight management and stop smoking hypnotherapy. Lorraine has additional training in working with suicidal clients, ritual and satanic abuse and clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Lorraine is a safe guarding lead within her role as operations manager for a Rape Crisis Charity.
Barbara is a Consultant Nurse and Psychotherapist working in the NHS and Independent health sector. She has 25 years’ experience providing psychological therapy to people experiencing psychological and emotional problems associated with long term physical health problems, obesity, cancer, chronic pain and psychological trauma. She also specialises in Perinatal mental health providing treatment for tokophobia (fear of childbirth), childbirth trauma, depression and anxiety disorders related to pregnancy and motherhood.
Barbara has worked in private practice in Chester and Wirral for 10 years providing CBT and EMDR to treat depression and a wide range of anxiety disorders including OCD, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Low self-esteem and Psychological Trauma. Understanding that one size does not fit all, she has undertaken training in Counselling, Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy and Mindfulness allowing her to tailor therapy to suit an individual’s needs.
Barbara has a Masters degree in CBT and Level 1&2 Certificate in EMDR, she holds accreditation with BABCP and is a member of EMDR UK.
One of our Counsellors is Arabic speaking and can offer therapy in this language.
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