12/17 Upper Bridge Street
26a Stour Street
My path to becoming a therapist has been a gradual one. I completed my initial training as an integrative therapist in 2000 while working to support myself. I was part of a small community living with adults with learning disabilites and then I changed my work and was employed as a resettlement worker with an organisation involved with people who were homeless.
I subsequently worked briefly in a women's refuge and for about four years in a men's residential addictions rehabilitation centre on a part-time basis. In that post my role was as a groupworker using art, role play, visualisation, mindfullness, relaxation as well as words. I also had a part-time post at the same time as an individual therapist providing therapy in GP surgeries through another organisation and also a private practice as a therapist.
What experience and training can I offer you?
While working in these different roles I continued to develop my expertise and knowledge. I completed an MSc. in addictions counselling, a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy and level 3 of training in EMDR. EMDR is particularly helpful for people who want to process distressing events from the past. and is a government-recognised therapy for trauma.
Throughout my journey to becoming the therapist I am today I have been integrating my learning from my professional training with my own lived life experiences and therapeutic work.
This combining of threads of my life gives me a sense of coming to each encounter as a fresh experience as I come alongside you to help you to address your difficulties.
The therapy I offer may combine elements from the different trainings I have received or may follow one particular approach only. I discuss and agree with you the approach which we will use to address your concerns. My aim in working with you is to establish a relationship of trust and collaboration. I hope that by the end of the work we have done that you will have a sense of knowing how to address your issues and how to continue to build on the therapuetic work and take it forward in your life.
What might a therapy session be like?
My aim in offering therapy is to provide a professional, confidential space where you can feel heard and understood in whatever issues or problems are disturbing you currently and where you can have help finding some resolution to your difficulties. I consider each person to be unique and to be able, at times through help from a therapist, to find their way through the situations which are distressing them.
What kind of issues can I help you with?
The issues which I have helped people with cover a broad range from personal ones such as stress and anxiety, depression, panic, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, anger management, childhood and adult trauma, disordered eating, alcohol and other addictions of various kinds to inter-personal and relationship issues.
I make a reduced charge of £35.00 as a concession for an initial assessment appointment. This session is an exploration for you and myself to see whether we will work together.
After the initial appointment I charge £50.00 for a 50 minutes session. This may be more than other levels of charge which you have found. However, on further investigation you are likely to find that this fee is warranted by the training, range of therapeutic approaches and experience which I can offer. I am accredited with BACP and also BABCP which means that I can offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (evidence-based therapy) for specific disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if appropriate. In addition I can offer EMDR, another evidence-based therapy, specifically for trauma such as road traffic accidents or other distresing life events.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an integrative therapist in 2000 and have work in a variety of settings since then including my own private practice, not-for-profit counselling organisations, residential rehabilitation from addictions (group work) and the local NHS Trust providing therapy through GP surgeries and other community venues.
Diploma in Counselling
MSc in Addictions Counselling
Post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Level 3 in Eye Movement Desensitiation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Over the years I have undertaken regular training to maintain my professional development and competence and meet the requirements of accredited membership with professional organisations. These courses have supported my on-going work in the fields of anxiety-based issues and interventions for depression.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
My charge is £50.00 per 50 minute session.
I offer sessions on Fridays 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. and on Saturday mornings to 1.00 p.m.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for evening and Saturday appointments. I also offer appointments on Fridays from 8.00 a.m.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|