About me

I am a Gestalt psychotherapist, UKCP registered and also listed on the BACP register. I’ve been in private practice in Liverpool since first qualifying as a counsellor over two decades ago, working with individuals, couples and groups.

In addition, I work part-time for University of Liverpool as a student counsellor. I also provide individual and group supervision, and run workshops for qualified counsellors and trainees, and occasionally for the public too.

Background

I am Irish but have lived in the Northwest of England for over 20 years. After originally qualifying as a person-centred counsellor in 1994, I worked in GP practices in the Northwest and in North Wales before working in London at the Beverley Clinic.

I was then invited to teach, part-time, on counselling courses at Oldham College, and progressed to a full-time post as programme leader for the counselling diploma. Subsequently, I worked full-time as lecturer and joint course leader at University of Salford for a number of years before deciding to leave teaching and focus on providing therapy.

In 2006, I qualified as a Gestalt psychotherapist (Manchester Gestalt Centre and Metanoia Institute). Gestalt theory and practice is fascinating, and the thoroughness of the training, which is accredited by Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute, makes it a highly respected and powerful approach.

At a recent estimate, I have worked therapeutically with over 8000 clients for an average of ten sessions each. I would like to say that therapy was successful with all – but not quite, I’m sure. At University of Liverpool, where I work part-time, the CORE-OM system is used to assess outcomes, and my work has a high success rate.

I have two teenage sons, and I’m an avid football fan and watch a lot of it. Recently I had the pleasure of working for Everton Football Club with some of their first team. I read a lot of non-fiction, watch Netflix, enjoy photography, walk our spaniel, Daisy, and exercise regularly.

I got into counselling and therapy over 25 years ago when I decided to face my own personal problems. I needed a lot of help and to my surprise, and initial scepticism, it worked well for me. I feel transformed by this experience (it was long term and not always easy). From this experience I developed an endless fascination for psychotherapy. I was fortunate to have been a client to some very capable therapists, to whom I am more than grateful.

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Qualifications

MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy

MA Counselling

Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy

Advanced Diploma in Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Casework Supervision

Master Practitioner of NLP

Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis

Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy

Diploma in Coaching

Diploma in Sex Addiction Counselling

Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice

Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Diploma in Imago Couple Therapy (pending)

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