Our Therapists

Pictured are just a few of over twenty therapists working from the centre.

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ELSA ANDERSON
Elsa Anderson

Elsa Anderson

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.

CHRISTINA BEBBINGTON
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.

LEIGH BEST

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 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.

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.

HEYCH CHINNERY
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 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 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.

SARA FINLAYSON
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
others.

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).

SAM FITZPATRICK

 

 

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 GREEN
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

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 GOULD

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.

Qualifications:

Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Registered General Nurse (RGN)

FAYE HENAGHAN

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.

SHARON HUNTER-ARMITAGE
Sharon Hunter-Armitage

Sharon Hunter-Armitage

Sharon is a qualified Person Centred therapist and hypnotherapist. 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 you and your needs specifically

She will listen to you in a welcoming, safe, confidential and completely accepting environment where you can take time to explore your 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

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.

ANDREA INGRAM
Andrea Ingram

Andrea Ingram

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).

JANE JOHNSON
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”.

PATRICIA JORDAN

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 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 Manley

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.

GILL MORRIS
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.

MICHELLE RICHMOND
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.”

MARIA SABO
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 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

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.

AMRAT SINGH
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

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.

LINDSAY SWAIN

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 Thomas

 

Makaela is a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor combining Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Therapy. 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 has been working with young people for 16 years in a non-therapeutic role and currently offers counselling to 6–19-year-olds within their school settings as well as counselling adults through the voluntary sector. 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, showing her commitment to working safely and ethically and ensuring that professional standards are maintained.

Makaela is able to work with both adults and young people 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.

Qualifications and Training:

Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Counselling Suicidal Clients

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children in a Counselling Setting

Covid-19 Psychological First Aid

CAMHS – Child Bereavement

PTSD Understanding and Awareness Course

JENI TIMPERLEY
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.

ELLEN VAN DER KLAUW
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

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), 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.

DONNA WEBB
Donna Webb

Donna Webb

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 WILLIAMS-CHAPPELL
Anne Williams-Chappel

Anne Williams-Chappel

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.

BARBARA WOODWORTH
Barbara Woodworth

Barbara Woodworth

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.

PLEASE NOTE

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
Wirral
CH60 1XF

07784 735784

 

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