White Friars Counselling & Psychotherapy in Chester City Centre

Our Therapists

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Dawn Blake



Dawn is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and achieved a Masters degree in Clinical Counselling from the University of Chester. She is now continuing her work there, towards a Professional Doctorate specialising in relationship issues. She has been in counselling practice since 2018 and is qualified to Gottman level 3.

Dawn works collaboratively with couples using a structured approach. This intensive form of therapy, delivered in 90-minute sessions, offers couples an opportunity to work towards clear goals to improve their relationship, improve communication,intimacy and strengthen an emotional bond.

Dawn offers couples she works with, the opportunity to access a range of materials directly from the Gottman Institute , which can help to supplement work in sessions.

Dawn offers evening appointments in addition to daytime.

Kathryn Hackland



Kathryn offers Person Centred counselling and works with both individuals and couples. Her background involves working with peri-natal trauma including miscarriage and stillbirth, post-natal depression, chronic illness, living with uncertainty, anxiety, depression and loss.

Kathryn has also helped clients who have suffered trauma and abuse.

Christine Pool



Christine is an experienced relationship and psychosexual therapist, who works with individuals and couples and also with issues relating to intimacy, loss of desire and erectile dysfunction.

She is a Registered Member of the BACP and COSRT(college of sexual and relationship therapists).

Christine also has many years experience working with the Macmillan cancer organisation covering a wide range of issues, illness, change, loss and grief. She also has experience in working with anxiety and stress related issues.

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy and is a Relate trained therapist.

Susie Woods



Susie is a fully qualified relationship counsellor. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy and is a Registered Member of BACP. Susie has worked for Relate since 2006 as a counsellor and more recently as a supervisor and trainer helping couples, individuals and families to build better relationships.

Susie has also completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy - an approach that aims to help couples break negative cycles of interaction and to foster the creation of an emotionally secure bond.

Shirley Tuson



Shirley has many years experience of working both as a counsellor and a cognitive behavioural therapist within the NHS, delivering evidence based interventions to clients with a wide range of psychological presentations. She has a postgraduate diploma in counselling and also in CBT and is accredited by the BABCP. Shirley has additional training and qualifications in EMDR and couples therapy. Her approach is integrative and compassionate, valuing the individuality of clients. She adapts therapy to their particular needs, whilst offering a safe space to explore their issues and find a way forward.

Shirley has lots of experience working with stress, depression, anxiety (including health, anxiety, and OCD) grief and complex childhood trauma.

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