I am a qualified and registered Person Centred Counsellor and experienced integrative counsellor. I also offer Solution Focused Therapy which is a time limited brief therapy. My training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and NLP allow me to integrate different types of therapy, tailored to the needs of the individual.

My Counselling practice 'Empathic Counselling' is based at Crown Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7QR, which is located easily from Bolton, Wigan, Preston and Chorley.
I can be contacted by email:
Mobile: 07718653989

As a qualified practitioner and counsellor I have worked extensively in the caring profession for over 16 years; as a nurse within the NHS Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services and in the Private and Charitable sectors. I am able to draw upon the wealth of experience I have gained working with persons in a variety of settings, including Substance Misuse Treatment Centre, Debt advice, Tenancy related support, Woman's Centre, Prison and Family Centre. I also take referrals from the Corporate Sectors and have experience of time limited work with employees attending with work related stress and critical incident debriefing. Appointments can be made at the clients workplace if required.


Private and Corporate Counselling Service based in Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7QR
Issues include:
*Work Related Stress
*Anger Management
*Couples Counselling
*Grief and Bereavement
*Anxiety and Depression
*Substance Misuse (Drug and Alcohol)
*Relationships Issues
*Mental Health Needs
*Self Harm
*Autism Spectrum Conditions
*Debt Management


  • Empathic counselling

    2009 - Current
    Counselling Service for Private and Corporate Clients. Working with all issues that are presenting for my clients including, Work Related Stress, Self Esteem and Confidence Issues, Substance Misuse, Relationship Issues, Physical and Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Grief and Bereavement, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Stress, Couples Counselling, Eating Disorders, Phobias.
  • NHS Direct

    Nurse Advisor
    2012 - Current
    Nurse Advisor providing triage, medication advice, health information and implement care packages
  • NHS

    Community Nurse and Behaviour Therapist
    1996 - 2008
    Supporting Clients with a Learning Disability to engage in all aspects of daily living and engaging in therapeutic support. Supporting family members and carers to support the client to manage behaviours that challenge.
  • Private Company specialising in Learning Disabilities

    Clinical Manager
    2008 - 2009
    Advise and support staff teams in supporting clients with a Learning Disability who have behaviours that challenge services

Education History

  • BA (Hons) Nursing (RNLD)

    St. Martins University College of Lancaster
    1989 - 1993
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

    University of Cumbria
    2007 - 2009


Training and Qualification: Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling BRIEF - Soloution Focused Brief Therapy Manchester Course in Group Pscychotherapy MHS 342 core Principles and Practice in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Working with Self Harm Couples Institute: therapists Training Developmental Model Mindfulness - National Institute for the Clinical Application for Behavioural Medicine Substance Misuse - understanding to action ENB N47 care and Management of People with a Learning Disability who present with Mental Health Problems LDS 248 - Principles and Practice of Working with People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders Transactional Analysis 101 BA (Hons) Nursing Studies (RNLD)

Clubs and Associations

Member of:
British Assosciation of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Interests and Hobbies

I have a specialist interest in working with persons who are on the Autistic Spectrum and their families. I also deliver training regards Awareness of Autistic Spectrum Conditions, to organisations wanting to develop their awareness, knowledge and skills within this area.

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