I am a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with over 18 years experience working within a NHS Community Mental Health Team and, in addition, over 10 years in Private Practice.
I aim to offer a setting which is safe and secure, and provides an opportunity for you to speak fully about all aspects of your life and your experience, including aspects which may be causing you significant difficulty and challenge and may not have been previously fully examined or explored with another person.
I work within a psychodynamic, attachment based, relational frame. This means I am interested in how ‘the self’ experienced itself in its very earliest relationships and how that may have affected onward self development and onward relationships with, and expectations of, others.
I do not work in a solutions directed way as the primary goal, but to develop ‘relational space’ in the present time in which to think together intentionally about the issue which has brought you into psychotherapy and alongside that, how your self has been influenced, directed and affected through your life in relation to this issue. The nature of support in your life over time and in the present time is an important area for attention, as is the nature of your relationship with your own self. Current presenting difficulties, and all matters of concern, are thought about together in order that solutions which are a truer fit and truer progression for the self have room to take shape.
For many, relationship disappointment and disruption is a particular concern. Some feel that despite living in a world peopled by others they feel profoundly alone and ’unknown’ about. For some, feeling comfortable with their own emotional experience is a considerable challenge, an obstacle to intimacy within themselves and others. 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 fulfillment 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 believe counselling/psychotherapy 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.
I also offer Clinical Supervision to Psychotherapists, and other colleagues working in the helping Professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Clinical Psychologist, and qualified by completing 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 training provided within the National Health Service and 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 I continue to 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 received.
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