Qualifications/ Experience

“It has been the most enlightening experience of my life and has enabled me to explore and develop in more ways than I thought possible. I constantly tell friends or colleagues that they should have a hour with Steph, although I cannot explain how or what she does, all I can is say is I’m happier now than I have been for over 10 years.” – Client, 2017

Professional Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate (PGDip/ PGCert) in Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP accredited course) – The University of Salford
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling – The University of Salford
  • BSc (Hons) – First Class degree including Grosvenor Prize Award for Best Final Year Student – Leeds Beckett University
  • Higher National Diploma – Distinction (The University of Salford)

Relevant Experience:

  • Director of MIND Manchester Mental Health Charity
  • Director of Healthwatch Oldham (Public Health)
  • Deputy Manager/ Counsellor at Oldham Carers Centre (Adult Social Care)
  • Family Support Lead/ Counsellor/ Counselling Co-ordinator at Willow Wood Hospice
  • Counsellor at the Manchester and Salford Counselling Service
  • Counsellor at AGE UK Tameside
  • Published Writer (academic and journalistic) – Psychotherapy & Politics International (Wiley), Therapy Today (BACP), Counselling Directory, The Counsellor’s Café Magazine, Psychreg, KEIA Wellbeing, Sounds Magazine, Manchester Evening News
  • Lead Trainer and Course Author of 6-week Mindfulness, Introduction to CBT and Stress Reduction course, The Link Centre
  • Lead Trainer and Course Author of 6-week Bereavement, Grief and Loss programme delivered across Tameside and Glossop
  • Director of CN4M
  • Member of the Association of Bereavement Service Co-ordinators (ABSCo)
  • Board Member on Domestic Abuse Management Group – Manchester City Council

Additional CPD Training:

  • TA101 Transactional Analysis Training – Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy
  • Starting with Psychology – The Open University
  • Moving Your Practice Online – Online Therapy Institute
  • Panic Attacks (Module – Evaluating Psychology: research and practice)
  • Getting the Most out of Counter-transference (Object Relation Theory) – The Horsforth Centre
  • Trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Complex PTSD/ PTSD
  • Working with Bereavement, Grief and Loss (multiple training providers)
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Essentials of Information Governance
  • Clinical Audit (Tameside & Glossop PCT)
  • End of Life and Palliative Care (Macmillan Cancer Support)
  • The Yoga of Relationships: Exploring Connection and Sexuality Through the Lens of the Soul (Love Serve Remember Foundation)
  • Holistic practitioner (including First and Second Degree in Usui Reiki)
  • PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner
  • ILM Level 3 in Management

Assurances:

  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and working towards further accreditations
  • Approved by Accredited Register Scheme (Professional Standard Authority)
  • Enhanced DBS (checked annually)
  • Fully insured through Holistic Insurance
  • I receive monthly casework support with a highly skilled and qualified supervisor
  • I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions 2018 and BACP Professional Conduct Procedure
  • Member of Counsellors Together UK, the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Manchester MIND
  • Trauma-informed practice

Professional Development:

As a Registered Member (MBACP) of the BACP I am committed to ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regularly undertake additional training to enhance my core offer.

I am also currently completing my Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 

Like everyone I am flawed, imperfect and human (thank goodness!) and in order to feel as clear and resolved as possible for the health of my practice I choose to work on myself through study, meditation, psychotherapy, clinical supervision and peer co-counselling.

Over the years I have engaged in a great deal of personal therapy and passionately believe that a therapist’s lived experience should be regarded as the most important item in their professional toolbox. I continue to write and campaign on this topic. 

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