I am a trained group analyst registered since 2004 with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) one of the organisations that regulate psychotherapy in the UK.
I offer sessions in a pleasant and comfortable environment in the heart of Colchester, close to car parking and within walking distance of public transport.
I work with individuals and groups.
My approach to individual psychotherapy, whether time limited or long term, is a psychodynamic one combined with an acknowledgement of the social context. I work collaboratively to enable a shared understanding of the persons difficulties that addresses social, cultural and relational issues whilst highlighting the influence of that part of our minds which is out of our ordinary everyday awareness, the unconscious.
All therapies are based on trust and a sense of safety. Psychodynamic therapies highlight the importance of a working relationship between the person seeking help and the therapist, in order to work towards outcomes that offer more of an understanding of the person as a whole and the possibility of personal growth, as much as symptomatic relief.
This approach demonstrates the value of analytical thinking, informing more workable strategies for managing everyday difficulties. A psychodynamic approach has been found to be effective in terms of personal growth as well as addressing profound psychological distress, offering an expectation of improved self awareness and communication and an enhanced understanding of the influence of childhood experiences on our adult relationships, especially those between the therapist and the person seeking help.
As a group analyst many of these things also hold true because my approach to group work sees the individual as intrinsically in relationship to groups, even if the effects of physical or emotional ill health have often damaged those relationship. Group Analysis enables people to find meaning in patterns of relationships and life events and to find more workable ways of communicating with ourselves and the world around us.
This approach utilises the creative and supportive power of belonging to a group that can both enhance the individuals sense of dysfunctional patterns and support them in exploring the possibility of change. The group experience can be a profound and positively life changing one, showing in a more immediate way the importance of social experiences in shaping our personalities and sense of identity.
As much as being clear about what kind of therapy one is considering, finding the right therapist for each person is crucially important. The starting point in being clear about what kind of approach might be most helpful and the beginning of establishing a therapeutic relationship starts in an initial consultation.
This offers a space to consider the suitability of therapy for each individual (including potential outcomes and risks) and to help you think about what you might wish to explore in the sessions should you decide to proceed.
However it is also an opportunity for you to see whether or not I am the kind of therapist you want to work with and for us both to get an idea of how we might work together. Hopefully it can be an enlightening and informative process in itself whether or not you decide to commit to further sessions. I do not limit my approach to particular definitions of illness/diagnosis although you can see from the list below there are some difficulties that research and experience show as being unsuitable for a psychodynamic approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Group Analyst Registered with UKCP and a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis.
I have extensive experience working with individuals and groups as a senior psychotherapist in the NHS over a 25 year period. My experience covers mental health, general hospital and general practice settings. I offer long term and time limited models of individual psychotherapy and long term group psychotherapy.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
I have set my fees at:
£60 for an initial 90 minute consultation
£45 for a 50 minute session
£35 for a 90 minute group session
These fees are reviewed annually. I have some flexibility to negotiate reductions in difficult circumstances, which we can explore when we meet.
Typically longer term treatments work out at around 44 sessions a year, with planned breaks at Christmas summer and Easter, and if appropriate at school half term. I find it more therapeutic to work towards planned rather than abrupt endings where possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Although my hours are generally 9-5 I do have some availability for evening work. This can be discussed at an initial consultation. I do not have a waiting list at the moment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a group analyst who has completed the Institute of Group Analysis Supervision Course (2005) Prior to that I was a psychiatric nurse in the NHS for many years.View supervision profile