0151 348 7030 | 07977 575758
About – Wirral Counselling

Our Team

DAVID CAVANAGH

Hi, my name is Dave and I have worked for a number of years as a counsellor in several busy Wirral based GP practices, which brings with it a huge variety of both general and specialist issues.
I have also been employed by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centres covering North West England and North Wales

I have worked at a centre looking after the interests of people with drink and drug dependency issues, and have worked extensively with suicidal people.

The ‘Rewind’ therapy that I use is particularly effective for all types of trauma, and is especially useful in cases of PTS where flashbacks and nightmares occur.

I’ve now brought all of my skills and experiences together to offer you counselling that will work for you.

TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

I am a fully qualified and registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), am on the BACP’s Accredited Register.

I am one of only 12 people in the country qualified and experienced enough to train other therapists in the ‘Rewind’ (Visual Kinaesthetic Dissociation Therapy), accredited buy its originator, David Muss.

SUSAN STINCHCOMB

SPECIALIST ADOLESCENT COUNSELLOR AND ADULT COUNSELLOR

Sue Stinchcomb (MBACP) is a qualified Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist and is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Sue uses an integrated approach combining the Psychodynamic, Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy modalities in order to help clients address their issues fully and has a proven ability to empathise with individuals whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to their development and improvement.

Sue has a wide range of experience including working with trauma, abuse, addiction, depression, relationship difficulties and child-parent conflicts. Health Anxiety, bereavement, domestic violence, long term health issues, caring responsibilities and suicide. Miscarriage, teenage issues, OCD, eating disorders, ADHD and adverse childhood experiences.

Sue has considerable experience and understanding in the field of Acquired Brain Injury through working for Headway on the Wirral and an understanding of the issues that an Acquired Brain Injury brings, not only to the sufferer themselves but to their family, friends and the wider community.

Sue has experience of working with adults and Young People (11-18) and has worked with Mind and Action for Children.

LAURA KIRKHAM

SPECIALIST CHILD COUNSELLOR AND CHILD/ADULT PLAY AND CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST

Training to become a Play Therapist brought about many positive personal changes that I didn’t even expect, and this is because the majority of my training was through experiencing Play and Creative Arts Therapy myself.

When we think about looking into counselling, the first thing to spring to mind might be traditional talking therapies. I know myself that this can be daunting; What will I talk about? How will it help? Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a different approach to counselling. There are different areas you can use during the sessions and different therapies to try; sand therapy, art therapy, music therapy… however you want to spend your time is up to you. As you progress through your sessions, we will reflect on how you spend your time, what you create, the symbols and themes the come up. The talking can lead from this, you may want to talk during the sessions also, or you may never wish to talk. It is entirely up to you. Play and Creative Arts Therapy can be incredibly powerful if you trust in the process, and I will truly listen and support you throughout. The focus is not about if you can draw or paint or create beautiful pieces, it’s about your process along the way, working through things you may be finding difficult, discovering new inner strengths.

Play and Creative Arts Therapy is an exciting and alternative way of accessing counselling support. As the only qualified Play and Creative Arts Therapist on the Wirral, I know that this type of therapy can be difficult to find. We can work to find times that suit you, with no waiting lists. As soon as you are ready to start your journey, I will be there.

If you’d like to find out more, call and I will be happy to discuss what I do.

TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BSc(hons) 2.1 – The University of Manchester
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills – Distinction – Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Diploma in Play Therapy – Distinction – Leeds Beckett University
  • British Sign Language – Level 1 – Signature
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision – In progress – Leeds Beckett University
  • Diploma in Mindfulness – In progress

TRAINING THROUGH WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL

  • Safeguarding Adults with Disabilities
  • Life Story Work
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Human Trafficking/li>
  • The Court Process
  • Parental Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse
  • Neglect
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Engaging with Resistant Families

EXPERIENCE

I have gained a wide range of experience since qualifying, and am currently applying for accreditation to acknowledge this work. I have worked with children in mainstream and special schools for several years. I have also worked with a charity where I provided Play and Creative Arts Therapy for children who faced a range of difficulties, including those who have been victims of sexual exploitation and abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. I also worked with adults who had faced similar difficulties when they were children, and those struggling with things like recent domestic violence, bereavement and substance misuse. Work has ranged from non-directive sessions where I have taken the lead from them, to structured Life Story work where we look at significant life events and the impact they had. If you have something specific in mind, we can explore it, or if you’re not sure then we can just go with the flow! I have also completed valuable work with adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. Perhaps a unique element to my experience, I run a project in Romania where Therapy forms a large part of our work.

FURTHER INFORMATION

I am an Accredited Play and Creative Arts Therapist and adhere to the following safeguards; membership of PTUK, PSA register, insurance and regular Clinical Supervision.

Please note, Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a regulated profession, so if you are a looking for a Therapist, please make sure they are on the register and have the correct qualifications and memberships

HEATHER ROSS

ADULT AND COUPLES COUNSELLOR

Experience working with Rape Crisis and Bereavement services, helping survivors and family members affected by sexual abuse (current/recent/historic) to relieve mental and physical distress, including low self-esteem, mental health issues, stress, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, guilt, shame, anger, loss, isolation and emotional and physical abuse.

I offer professional, confidential empathic counselling for individual clients and couples to explore and understand their own insights and perspectives of experiences and issues, enabling difficult feelings and subsequent behaviours to be resolved.

I also offer counselling for couples who are experiencing difficult times with their relationship.

OTHER AREAS OF COUNSELLING IDEAL WITH

MS, Huntingtons Disease, Alzheimers, Parkinsons (client and/or relatives)

ABOUT WIRRAL COUNSELLING CENTRE

The idea behind Wirral Counselling Centre is to provide a single service which can offer whatever counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological intervention that is right for the needs of whoever contacts us, whether that be private individuals, GP practices, businesses, courts, other therapy organisations etc.

Our main offices are on Pensby Road in Heswall and we have another office in the Heswall and Pensby Group Practice on Telegraph Road in Heswall.

We can provide private counselling to individuals, couples and groups, and our offices at Wirral Counselling Centre’s Telegraph road site are fully accessible to people with mobility issues.

Whether the issues are anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, problems your children are having at home or at school, separation or divorce, abuse, things not right at home or work or anything that makes you feel not like you any more, we can help.

The first step towards a better future is only a phone call or email away. I like to take all initial enquiries myself, so ring and I’ll be pleased to talk to you. If I’m with a client and can’t answer, please leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. if you email I will reply as soon as I am able.