I'm a psychotherapist with extensive experience of working in private practice and within the NHS and I work with individuals, couples and families. I trained initially in psychology and subsequently in psychotherapy. I regard myself as a pluralist, having trained in a range of different therapeutic approaches including systemic, psychodynamic, person centred and CBT. Being a pluralistic therapist means that we will work with the approach best suited to your needs and so the initial assessment of what you want and need from therapy is a really important part of the overall process. I am not a 'blank slate' therapist who gives little back to their clients, you will find me professional and yet warm, compassionate, open and congruent - we will work collaboratively together to help you bring about the changes you want to experience. I stay up to date with the literature on what methods and techniques are most appropriate for working with different issues and I will always recommend a referral if I feel a different therapist or modality will better suit your needs.
I have a number of areas in which I specialise. One area of specialisation is in relationship issues with couples or individuals. I have an MA in Relationship Therapy and trained with Relate in Cambridge and Peterborough and still retain an ongoing practice with Relate. Research has found that the average couple waits 6+ years before engaging in counselling, by which time the problems may have escalated and the relationship may be in crisis. Yet by the end of the first session almost every couple that I meet says 'I wish we'd come sooner, this is so helpful'. Counselling really can improve relationships so I would encourage you to get help as early as possible.
Another specialisation is self-esteem. I have a particular interest in helping high functioning individuals who are struggling with self esteem (i.e. you look to the rest of the world like you are coping and functioning well) . If this is you, then you may be finding it difficult to reveal your true self to friends and even partners for fear of rejection. Despite your external veneer of success and/ or confidence, internally you may be feeling unlovable and unworthy. Counselling can really help by developing a sense of positive self-worth.
I am very experienced in working with anxiety, drawing on training in techniques from CBT and mindfulness and have a very high success rate with clients in resolving this debilitating condition. Often just a few sessions can break the negative cycle of anxiety and panic attacks that can be so restricting.
Also drawing on techniques from CBT I work with depression, both with individuals and with couples. If you are suffering with depression then it may be encouraging to know that talking therapies have been shown to be at least (if not more) effective than medication. And the effects are more long lasting.
Suicidal thoughts often go hand in hand with depression and can feel overwhelming and very frightening. Feeling hopeless and helpless is a desperately lonely place where suicide can feel like the only way out. If this is you then please come and talk through these feelings as it really can make such a difference. If you are in immediate need of support then the Samaritans are available to support you 24 hours a day on 116123.
Gender issues: I have a wealth of experience of working with gender issues, particularly where these are affecting relationships and issues of sexuality. So if this is you then it's important to know that counselling can really help. I have worked with individuals, couples and families affected by gender-related issues. I am a recommended practitioner for the Beaumont Society, a charity that aims to support transgender individuals. They also have a 24 hour helpline 01582 412220 if you want to talk to someone in confidence.
Research: Research from my clients shows incredibly positive feedback and I'm so proud of this because I came into this profession to help people make the changes they want in their lives. Post-counselling questionnaires show an average rating being 9.5 out of 10 across all clients I have seen in the past 5 years. And I've also had the highest success rates for recovery from emotional distress amongst my colleagues in the IAPT service.
Ongoing interests: I am currently doing a PhD on the role of psycho-education in improving relationships. For this research I have developed a series of short educational videos on topics such as managing difference, what makes a good relationship, communication etc. If you’d like to know more about this research or to access the videos then please contact me and I’d be happy to provide you with more information
Working ethically is central to my practice and I am a member of the BPS (British Psychological Society), AFT (the Association of Family Therapy) and the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Ethics cover all areas of good practice such as confidentiality, data protection and standards of practice. I am also committed to ongoing research and training into the best way of working with clients and techniques for addressing specific problems.
Contact If you'd like to get in touch with me, either to book an appointment or to find out more, please click on the email link or call me on my mobile. I'm happy to chat on the phone about your situation although I'm usually busy with clients during the day and early evenings, so you may need to leave me a message, but I will always call back or respond to an email promptly.
Finally: Not everyone can afford the cost of private counselling and yet this shouldn't mean you don't get the help you need. So if you need counselling but can't afford to pay privately then there are various options available. Many charities local provide counselling for free or at low cost - these will often show up in an internet search. Alternatively you can self-refer yourself into the NHS Wellbeing service at wellbeing.org.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (1st class hons)
Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology
MA in Relationship Therapy (Distinction)
IAPT (TCCR) training in depression
PhD Counselling Psychology (ongoing)
I've completed many topic specific trainings including:
- Mental Health (anxiety, depression)
- Adult survivors of sexual abuse
- Child and adolescent psychotherapy
- Working with feelings of shame
- Domestic violence
- Sexual violence / rape
- Couples Counselling with Depression (where one or both partners suffer with depression)
- Suicide and suicidal ideation
- Sex / Love addiction
- Gender counselling
I am a member of
- BACP (British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists)
- AFT (Association of Family Therapists)
- BPS (British Psychological Society)
I have regular supervision and and bound by the guidelines for ethical practice for all three organisations listed above.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Photos & videos
My fees are dependent on the time and location you select for your appointment and whether you are attending as an individual, couple or family. But as a guide they are as follows
- Overcoming anxious thinking
- How does coming out as cross-dressing or transgender affect romantic relationships?
- Communication in relationships isn’t just about talking to each other
- Are we too different? Does difference always meet discord in relationships?
Below are some recent quotes from some of my clients at various stages of counselling.
Mrs Short has been the best counsellor I have ever had. She has really helped me with everything. She listens, gives very good advice and is a genuinely lovely person. If I ever have a problem again I'll choose her.
I also wanted to say to you that what you told me yesterday about how to deal with a feeling/need is I think going to be one of the most useful pieces of advice I have ever been given by anybody! I tried it this morning first thing and it was brilliant. So, thank you. I was telling (name removed) in an e-mail yesterday about how terrific you are! Certainly helped me survive this last cr...y winter....
Six words that describe Priscilla are intuitive, respectful, encouraging, professional, realistic and informative. I found the counselling most helpful in giving me a forum to speak and be heard, to be guided to the underlying difficulties and shown that these needed to be addressed before anything else and to develop strategies to help me feel more positive about myself. I would 100% recommend Priscilla.
Though (name removed) was rather cross at the beginning of the appointment, by the time we left he was very positive and engaged with you which was very encouraging. He is also positive about coming back to see you again.... We have been talking feelings iand he is continuing your rather brilliant approach of using the characters from Inside Out to express himself which is really helpful.
Six words that describe Priscilla are understanding, guidance, insight, empathy / sympathetic, kind, problem solving. Counselling with Priscilla was an excellent investment and I would recommend her 10 out of 10. She has taught me to be true to myself, how to unburden my problems and to understand my emotions.
Priscilla is very helpful and helped me get on so much. I would highly recommend anyone with relationship problems to see Priscilla as her help is priceless.
I have never had counselling before and found it to be hugely beneficial and very insightful. My counsellor, Priscilla was very professional, non-judgemental and able to offer many helpful techniques/ solutions. These sessions got me through a difficult period and back on my feet
I'd highly recommend Priscilla. She's very good and her job, very easy to open up to. She empathises with your situation, is very approachable..... carry on doing what you're doing Priscilla. Thank you for everything!
I would say Priscilla has a very high level of understanding and was able to put things into perspective, giving us lots to discuss after each session.
Excellent counsellor, very perceptive and an enormous help.
Thank you for your support and kindness. It means a great deal to me. You are a special lady!
I would definitely recommend Priscilla. I found her to be a non-judgemental, fair, frank and yet sensitive counsellor.... I wish that people would have this kind of counselling before things go wrong - ironic!
Priscilla puts you at ease, listens and gives you the positive. She gives you acceptance of your situation and a step forward. As one half of a couple attending I found Priscilla very good with both of us.
Thank you for everything. You have been a great help.
I just wanted to say thank you for helping me to find me…. For the first time in months (maybe even years) I can say I feel happy again and I can also say I feel strong. This is priceless. Thank you. (name removed)
Dear Priscilla. We would like to thank you for all your support and help over the past months . You have been truly inspirational and have exceeded all expectations. With sincere thanks and kindest regards. (name removed)
Hi Priscilla. Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. I know I was very emotional but I'm sure you see that all the time. It's nice to talk to someone who 'gets me' and doesn't make me feel strange or stupid for my feelings. You're amazing at your job, thank you. (name removed)
Thank you for todays session. As usual I feel that I am really getting somewhere although the left brain 'thinking' is definitely easier to work with than the 'right! (name removed)
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