Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision in Marsden, near Huddersfield / Oldham, and in Wilmslow in Cheshire
I have worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist for more than 20 years, as a supervisor for the past 15 years and as a couples therapist for 15 years. I am one of the few Certified Imago Relationship Therapists in the north of England. I have worked in a wide range of settings including GP surgery, University student services and a hospice (where my work was primarily with terminally ill patients). I also supervised staff in a voluntary organisation that worked with young people with drug and alcohol issues for 10 years. I have worked in private practice since 2005. I see counselling and psychotherapy clients and supervisees in Marsden, located between Oldham and Huddersfield, and in Wilmslow in Cheshire. I also worked as a counselling trainer in both Further and Higher Education for approximately 10 years. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked as a Quantity Surveyor in the construction industry in Northern Ireland but eventually moved to the UK mainland to train in counselling and psychotherapy having experienced the very significant benefits of counselling for myself having had some difficult issues that I felt unable to work through on my own.
Working in the outdoors
When working indoors I see clients for psychotherapy and counselling in a quiet room set aside for counselling and psychotherapy, but I also work in the outdoors with clients and supervisees who are drawn to be in nature. I only do outdoor psychotherapy and supervisionin Marsden near Huddersfield / Oldham as we can spend time on the open moors and woodland near the village where there are few people around. When working in the outdoors the focus remains firmly on the issues the client or supervisee brings to the work but I am also interested in how the natural world can support our work in terms of reflecting on and integrating new experiences and bringing to life new ways of being in the world. When working outdoors we can sit, stand or walk – the focus is very much on exploring how we can be supported by the natural world so fitness is not the focus. For further details on outdoor therapy or supervision click click here. When working in Wilmslow all my work is indoors due to the lack of relatively quiet open spaces.
I also run a range of outdoor therapeutic groups and one-off workshops (see Workshops page for further details).
The practice in Marsden is 20 minutes from the M62 and is within easy commuting distance from a range of towns and cities in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Derbyshire including Huddersfield, Oldham, Leeds, Barnsley, and Manchester. There are excellent bus and train links from both Leeds/Huddersfield and Manchester. My counselling practice in Wilmslow is in the town centre, 5 minutes drive from the M56 and 10 minutes from the M60. It is a 5 minute walk away from the local train station.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have trained in person centred counselling, psychodrama and body psychotherapy and am heavily influenced by the existential model of psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the moment to moment relationship between myself and the client and how this focus can be a catalyst to personal and interpersonal change. When working with clients my main interest is in bringing about significant and lasting change which can lead to a more fulfilled and vibrant life.
Couples counselling in Huddersfield and Wilmslow
I have worked as a couples counsellor for the past 15 years. When doing couples counselling in both Marsden, Huddersfield and Wilmslow I use the Imago method and am one of the few Certificed Imago Relationships Therapists in the north of England. For further information on couples counselling see the section on Couples Counselling on the Practicalities page. I always work indoors with couples.
Who I work with
Having worked as a psychotherapist for the past 22 years I have developed my skills in working with clients with a wide range of presenting issues. If you would like to discuss further if I may be able to help you do give me a call or send me an email.
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