I am a Psychotherapist and a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years experience working within a NHS Community Mental Health Team and, in addition, 10 years in Private Practice.
I aim to provide a safe and boundaried counselling/therapeutic setting in which you will feel able to speak freely and fully about aspects of your life and your experience, which are causing you difficulty and challenge.
Hearing the fullest extent of your experience and thinking together about this, will be our work.
I tend not to work in ways which direct you towards pre-set ‘solutions’. My primary concern is to create safe and reflective space in which to hear fully about your circumstances. My focus is to enable you to be fully expressive about aspects within you which may be sensitive, unventured and unexplored, and to have another person actively engaged along-side in that process. I believe counselling/therapy offers the potential for greater personal awareness and understanding, including finding the means within to establish a more satisfying and rewarding way of living and being.
For many it is a new experience to be with another person, and to believe there is time and room to be fully expressive and fully heard about in the context of what is really deeply affecting in ones life and inner world. Early experience of how others have responded to the developing self, its need of supportive others, and attempts at generating its own direction in life, may have set up ‘fixed’ assumptions and expectations which operate unrevised in the present time, around how much of the self, is believed to be worthy, tolerable, acceptable, understood and understandable by others.
Early relational experience, and the degree to which we believe others closest to us have been comfortable with their own, and our own emotions, feelings, and need of support will have impacted on our awareness and understanding of who we really are. In turn this can have a bearing on our attitude of acceptance and tolerance towards ourselves, how much of ourselves we share with others, and how real and connected we feel in life and in the world more generally.
Relationships are for many, the pivotal arena within which sense , purpose and satisfaction in life is found. Early childhood relational and emotional deficits can impact on finding these sought after qualities in later life. Vulnerabilities to making ‘unhealthy’ relational choices, and to abuse may in certain circumstances be part of this picture.
For some people spiritual matters become a matter of particular concern. Some feel that despite living in a world peopled by others they feel profoundly alone and ’unknown’ about. Some can find that early life limitations and requirements directed them towards a way of being in the world, career direction, relationship choices, etc., which ultimately have not lead to personal fulfilment or nourishment. For others it may be hard to make themselves the direct focus of interest and concern in their lives, believing that putting others first and caring for others is the essential requirement of a loving stance. Others may find that pain, loss and struggle have been overwhelming and seemingly without resolution or purpose.
I also offer Clinical Supervision to Psychotherapists, Counsellors and other colleagues working in the helping Professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist, a post-graduate National Health Service in-Service Training qualification awarded by the British Psychological Society (BPS) - (CPsychol) - in April 1990.
I was awarded a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, by the Westminster Pastoral Foundation in July 2006.
I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and have been awarded the title of Specialising in Psychotherapy with Senior Practitioner Status - since November, 2008.
I am a Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Clinical Psychologist - since June 2011.
I abide by the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
I completed a degree in Psychology when aged 29 - Single Honours (2.1), followed by a Diploma in Clinical Psychology - when aged 35 - a post graduate qualitification within the National Health Service awarded by the British Psychological Society. My Diploma was awarded on the basis of clinical experience across a range of client groups, including adult mental health, children and families, learning disabilities, and neuropsychology. My first role as a Clinical Psychologist involved working within a Community Mental Health setting. My interest in early life relational experience and later challenges to personal development and psychological wellbeing, propelled me to expand my therapeutic perspective. I sought a counselling training run by the Westminster Pastoral Foundation with a Psychodynamic frame. This included a period of personal therapy for myself.
Over the years of my working life I have benefitted from Supervision within a person-centred Psychodynamic and family systems frame and still have a particular interest in early life relational experience and 'support' and its impact on self development.
Over the years of my practice I have been fortunate to learn a great deal from the individuals I have worked with and from the Clinical Supervision I have experienced.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I charge £45 per 50 minute session.
My private practice is situated in a room used solely for this purpose within my home. There is ample on-street parking at this location.
In the first instance I would welcome contact and enquiry via e-mail, as listed, or by telephone, in order to arrange a first appointment. Please be aware that my private practice telephone operates with an answering service when I am engaged. Please do leave a message with any queries or questions, including your name and contact details, and I will respond to you at the earliest possible opportunity.
At our first meeting it will be important to think together about the nature of the difficulty you bring and whether it seems that my style of working might be helpful to you. At this first meeting you will be able to share any questions or concerns you have, for example about confidentiality.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently available for self-referrals and have some flexibility around offering early evening appointments.
Types of client