My initial training and core professional background was as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS (see training and experience below). I began a second course of training as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in 1996 electing to train at one of the London psychoanalytic psychotherapy institutes (The British Psychotherapy Foundation) which trains to a very high standard and specializes in helping people who need and want to understand themselves in greater depth.
Following my qualifications, I set up a small private practice in London where the majority of my work was in long-term and intensive therapy. I closed my London practice in July 2014 to move to Dorset where I now have a private practice in a quiet and pleasant rural setting just outside of Sherborne.
Who Can I Help?
Among other things, my years of working in the NHS and in private practice (alongside completing my doctorate and teaching students in psychoanalytic psychotherapy), have given me the confidence to help people to face and deal with a range of complex psychological problems. This includes those situations in which a person may show no obvious or outward “symptoms” of distress but where there is a feeling of being overwhelmed by life or by relationship difficulties and consequently finding themselves unable to manage life as well as they used to or as other people seem to.
For other people it can be a feeling of knowing that they are functioning very well “on the outside” but that something is missing or not right “inside” and so life is not as fulfilling as it should be and maybe now is a time to deal with this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked full-time within the NHS between 1983 and 2014. This was initially as a Psychiatric Social Worker at a teaching hospital in South London.
Following this I spent three years on rotation as a Clinical Psychologist in Training in various London Teaching Hospitals. In 1990 I qualified fully as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and held posts at three different and well known teaching hospitals all in Central London, before obtaining my last post as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at a hospital in West London. I held my Consultant Post for 10 years (2004-2014) before deciding to leave the NHS in order to move to the country and to concentrate on developing a private psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice.
During my years in the NHS I gained experience of working in a variety of clinical settings including Primary Care, Rehabilitation Psychology Services, Adult Mental Health Out-Patient Services, Community Mental Health Teams and two Eating Disorder Services. I worked with individuals experiencing a range of mental health and psychological problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders and personality disorders.
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychotherapy Foundation
Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy
Health and Care Professionals Council
Wessex Counselling Service
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
£40 - £60 depending on income and frequency of sessions (i.e. rates are generally reduced when more than once weekly sessions are needed).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client